One Manchester United supporter opened up on talkSPORT about how the club have helped his mental health with their turnaround on the pitch.
The Red Devils finally seem to have turned a corner and look set to mount a title challenge this season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has led United to the top of the tableGetty Images – Getty
United have not won the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
In the seven complete seasons since Sir Alex departed the beautiful game, the Red Devils have four times finished outside the top four – but that could change in 2020/21.
After 19 games, United are top of the table ahead of their rivals Man City and Liverpool.
And Ryan the Manchester United fan called into talkSPORT’s Sports Bar after Wednesday night’s defeat of Fulham to reveal how Solskjaer and the team have really helped him.
He told co-hosts Any Goldstein and Jason Cundy: “I wanted to share something with you. It’s a little bit deep what I’m going to get to.
“I’ve struggled for a very, very long time with my own mental health, anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts.
Paul Pogba scored a brilliant winner against Fulham on Wednesday nightAFP and licensors
“I’ve never had a spring in my step in life. Never. I’ve always carried a certain depression to my life.
“Manchester United and Andy’s Man Club have helped me turn my life around and I’ve now got a spring in my step.
“I wake up and I know that United are on and I’m hopping around and I’m good.
“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given me so much courage, it’s unbelievable. I’ve believed in him since day one and I’m so proud and happy with the way things are going.
“I understand the peaks and troughs of football and we’ve just been through, let’s say a seven-year low, even though we won three trophies in that time.
“I believe Ole is the man to bring success back to Old Trafford and he’s given me a lot of courage.
“When United won the treble and Ole scored that second goal, I lived on a green in Manchester and Ole scored that goal and I went running around that green, screaming and shouting.”
Solskjaer has plenty of reasons to smile right nowAFP
Ryan also explained how Andy’s Man Club – a charity set up in memory of Andy Roberts who took his life aged just 23 – has helped him with his mental health
“I’ve got fantastic people around me,” added the talkSPORT caller, “especially Andy’s Man Club, which is a men’s mental health charity with peer-to-peer support.
“There’s 37 groups around the UK.
“They’ve given me support, a lot of encouragement and I’m turning my life around.”
For more information about Andy’s Man Club visit their website.
If you are struggling, you can also call the CALM helpline anonymously between 5pm and midnight 365 days a year on 0800 58 58 58 or talk via their webchat.
The Samaritans are also there to help on 116 113.
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