For a few years in the late 1980s young Rodgers of Ballymena dreamed of joining them.
"I was a typical Irish youth player, identified at 13 or 14, who used to travel over there, not long after [Sir Alex] Ferguson was appointed. I recognised what a wonderful life it was," he told the Independent on Sunday.
Does Sir Alex Ferguson remember him?
"I wouldn't have thought so. I wasn't good enough to be remembered. I joined Reading at 16 and was about 20 when I stopped playing, recognised I wasn't going to be the player I wanted to be, so I moved into coaching, devoting my life to that."