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Posted Wednesday, December 20th 2017

Many happy returns for Paterson

When it comes to birthdays, it’s fair to say Jamie Paterson will always remember his 26th.

That’s because it’s today – the day of the big one. The Carabao Cup quarter-final, live on Sky Sports, Bristol City versus Manchester United – the club he played for between the age of nine and 16.

“I’m 26 today. Can I believe I’m 26? Not really. It creeps up on you doesn’t it!”

He continued: “I’ve still got a few years left in me yet I hope. I feel like I’m at a good age now; I’ve certainly learnt a lot.

“I’ve never played against Manchester United before, so it’s mad that it’s fallen on my birthday.

“It’s Manchester United in the quarter-finals of the cup. You don’t even need to explain why it’s such a big game. I’ll have my whole family watching.

“Hopefully I can get a goal tonight to celebrate my birthday in style!

'MICHAEL OWEN' PATERSON

Paterson’s whole family support the Red Devils, even if the wideman himself has always nailed his allegiances to the Liverpool mast.

That’s despite the fact he grew up playing regularly in United colours.

He recalled: “I was playing for Coventry City at the age of nine and a Manchester United scout just approached my dad about me.

“I spent the summer holidays with United and played some games for them; I also played some games for Walsall.

“It was all quite random, but I was involved with United all the way up until the age of 16. The older I got, the more I would spend time with United, instead of other teams.

“Nowadays it wouldn’t really happen like that, but there were regulations that protected clubs taking kids away from their home, so it was more of a feeder club situation.

“Growing up I was a Liverpool fan. I used to wind up all the Manchester United fans I was training with.

“All my brothers support United; in fact my whole family supports them. They had the shirts with ‘99 Treble’ on the back. Everyone from that era supported United.

“The reason I plumped for Liverpool was solely down to Michael Owen. I watched his incredible goal for England against Argentina at France 98 (World Cup).

“I was six years old and I loved Michael Owen after that. I used to call myself Michael Owen as a kid.

“When he left Liverpool I was devastated and I thought ‘how am I going to continue supporting them now?’ – but I quickly moved on to (Jamie) Carragher and Stevie G (Gerrard).

“When I was at Huddersfield Town I used to go and watch Liverpool. David Wagner (manager) even helped me get tickets from Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool boss).”

Read the full interview with the birthday boy in tonight's special souvenir WellRed match programme, on sale for £4.

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