Victor Wanyama had posters of Roy Keane and Paul Scholes on his wall

Wayne Rooney

The Southampton midfielder was a Manchester United supporter growing up and says Wayne Rooney is his favourite player.

For Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama, Monday night's clash against Manchester United holds extra significance.

Why? Because Wanyama worshipped them growing up.

And the 23-year-old even had posters of former Man United men Roy Keane and Paul Scholes on his wall.

"United were my team. When their games were on we used to go to an old theatre where you had to pay to watch movies and then extra for United games. Sometimes they would stop the movies to show United’s match," Wanyama is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

"I had posters of Roy Keane and Paul Scholes on my wall. They were my favourite players who I wanted to be. If I could take anything from them maybe it would be Keane’s passion, his fire. I wanted to shake his hand after we played Aston Villa the other week but I didn’t find him. It’s a shame he has left.

Southampton's Wanyama also says Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is his favourite player.

"He is the best English player," he added. "He is strong, powerful, he has that anger that drives his team. He lifts them, sometimes carries them. The type of guy you would always want on your side."

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