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Former Man United winger Kieran Richardson says he has always been an Arsenal fan

Former Manchester United forward Kieran Richardson has revealed that he grew up supporting Arsenal.

The retired footballer is currently into selling luxury watches after retiring aged 33.

Richardson spent five seasons with the Red Devils before leaving permanently in 2007 for Sunderland.

The former England international played 81 games for Man United and won one title, one League Cup and one FA Community Shield.

Richardson bagged 11 goals for the Red Devils, one of which knocked Arsenal out of the FA Cup.

However, the 36-year-old has always been a Gunners fan and continues to support them to this day.

Richardson is enjoying retirement and plans to be a regular at the Emirates Stadium from next season.

“I watch football so much now – I did not watch it much as a footballer – I did not really care,” he told the Steven Sulley Study.

“Now as someone not playing, I enjoy being an Arsenal fan – I am buying a season ticket next season.

“I do not think there was a conflict of interests.

“I am an Arsenal fan but when you play for a club, you are not thinking about Arsenal. Whichever club you are at, that is the team you are riding for.

“I knocked Arsenal out of the FA Cup and I scored against them.”

Mikel Arteta’s side are five points clear at the top of the Premier League table after 26 games.

Man United are 14 points behind the north London club with a game in hand.

Erik ten Hag’s side are third in the English top flight but had their ego bruised last weekend at Anfield.

They suffered a 7-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool and will look to bounce back quickly.

Man United play Real Betis at Old Trafford in the first leg of the Europa League round of 16 tie later today.

The Red Devils return to league action on Sunday against Southampton and will eye victory.

They won the Carabao Cup last month and will play Fulham in the quarter-final of the FA Cup on March 19.

Ending the campaign with a quadruple remains mathematically possible.

However, not even the most optimistic of Man United fans fancy their chances of winning the Premier League.

They will look to fight for the title next term, and completing the proposed takeover before summer could boost their chances.

Richardson will be keeping an eye on his former club and could end up supporting them if they become credible title challengers.