Chelsea star Michael Essien admits he was Manchester United mad as a kid growing up in Ghana.

The midfielder revealed: "I supported them when I was a kid and I used to like Roy Keane a lot.

"I met him when I went there for a trial but I didn't dare tackle him.

"I watched in 1999 when Manchester United beat Bayern Munich. I was in Ghana with the Under-17 national team and we saw the game together.

"It was unbelievable. United were a goal down in the last minute and they got two goals and they won it. Incredible."