Jay Rod Keeping Up Appearances

By SFC Media time Sat 01 Sep Club

Jay Rodriguez hopes to finally fulfill a family dream this weekend.

The summer arrival from Burnley missed out on playing boyhood team Manchester United during his previous stint in the top-flight, but could now get the chance to live out a domestic ambition.

Jay’s dad Enrique - a Spaniard who moved to Lancashire after hanging up his own boots - is an ardent United fan, so there’ll be plenty at stake in the Rodriguez household on Sunday.

“My dad first took me along to Old Trafford and before I got started up at Burnley, I was a big fan too,” Jay tells the official matchday programme.

“Dad obviously switched his allegiance to Burnley when I started playing for them and now I’ve gone to Southampton, he’ll have to think again, but I think he’ll be a bit torn on Sunday.”

Having served Burnley with distinction, Rodriguez was a fully embodied Claret during his time at Turf Moor, but he admits it will be a special moment should he line up against The Red Devils this weekend.

“Most young footballers either want to play for United or against them,” he explains. “They’ve had so many great players and won so much that you can’t help but be drawn to them, particularly if you live in that neck of the woods.

“What the performance at Manchester City did for us at Southampton, though, was to make us believe more strongly that we can compete even against the best in the Premier League.”

Read the full interview with Jay inside Sunday’s official matchday programme priced at just £3 in and around St Mary’s stadium.

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