Fraizer Campbell: I won't be able to go home if my goal stops United winning the title
Published 23:00 30/04/10 By Simon Bird
Fraizer Campbell fears he will never be able to go out in his home town of Manchester again if his goal denies United the title this weekend.
The Sunderland striker spent 10 years coming through the Old Trafford ranks and counts himself as a big fan.
He has vowed to just walk back to the centre circle if he scores on Sunday and helps Steve Bruce’s men to the points, and says victory will be “tinged with sadness”.
Campbell has four goals in his last nine games that have helped Sunderland’s recent revival and push into the top half.
He said: “I was at Man U since I was 10, which was a long time and I got used to calling myself a Manchester United player. If we do stop United winning the league I won’t be going out in Manchester for a while. Cancel everything in Manchester for some time!
“I would be happy to win the game because it means three points for Sunderland, but if it stops them winning the league, as someone who classes himself a United fan, it would be tinged with sadness. We have got to finish 10th though and that is my main aim.
“If I score the winning goal I will probably walk back to the half-way line and try to pretend it never happened. I don’t think I will celebrate.
“I was a United fan as a nipper, well, sort of. I supported players more than clubs as a kid. I loved John Barnes at first, then Andy Cole. I got tickets to games, so it was either Huddersfield or Man U, which meant I didn’t really have a choice.
“My job is as a Sunderland player and I will try as best I can, there is no way I am going to miss the target on purpose or anything like that, but if I score it will be a weird sensation. It could stop them winning the title. ”
Campbell made just four appearances for United before making his name as a finisher at Hull and Spurs on loan. Bruce has finally given him a run in his side and been repaid.
He said: “I could have sat around and been a bit part player but I wanted to go and make a name for myself.
“I just lurked in the shadows at Man U and tried to do my best for Sir Alex Ferguson and the club. He has a massive aura about him. Everyone says they are scared of him, but he is OK.
“He got me with a hot teaspoon on the back of my neck once, which shows he likes a joke. He is not always as serious as he appears on match day. As long as you never crossed the line he was fine with you.
“There is nothing I have got to prove and there is no revenge involved. I had a great time there but I just hope to go out and enjoy the game.”