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Liam Gallagher rocks up to Manchester derby

Published: 11:24AM Tuesday May 01, 2012 Source: Reuters

  • Liam Gallagher (Source: BANG Showbiz)
    Liam Gallagher - Source: BANG Showbiz

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, one of Manchester City's staunchest fans, gave an impromptu press conference to amused soccer reporters after City's 1-0 win over Manchester United took them to the top of the Premier League table today.

Wearing sunglasses and beaming a huge smile, the often-irascible rock star was in party mood, saying: "What do you want to know lads? Top of the league ... well done, City."

He said he spent time with Diego Maradona during the match - the Argentine football legend was there to watch son-in-law Sergio Aguero play for City - and then joked that he loved City manager Roberto Mancini.

"I love him, he's so cool," he said to ripples of laughter. "He's almost as cool as me."

City's Belgian captain, Vincent Kompany, who headed home the only goal of the game, walked into the media room where Gallagher hugged him and shouted "Viva La Belgium" before walking off with his arm around the player.

Oasis, who have now broken up, proclaimed their affinity to City at the time albums such as "Definitely Maybe" and "(What's The Story) Morning Glory" were riding high in the charts, but City were languishing in the lower divisions.

The band, formed by Gallagher and brother Noel, wrote most of their songs and once played at City's old Maine Road Stadium in 1996, long before Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan bought the club and spent a fortune to turn them into contenders for England's top club.