The Old Trafford VIP host who was sacked after 30 years in the job has hit out at Manchester United.
‘True Blue’ Vince Miller said it was “an absolute joke” that he was dismissed for putting his arm around a waitress and calling her “love”.
Friends and fans have come out in support of the performer, who has spoken to the Manchester Evening News.
“At the end of the day it was something or nothing. I was guiding her to a table to serve people and put my arm around her. It was an innocent as that,” he said.
“It’s an absolute joke. Now this does not bode well for Manchester United, which is not what I wanted. I spent 29 very happy years at the club.
“I had wanted to retire when Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down as manager, but they asked me to stay on.
“The support from MEN readers and friends has been overwhelming, and I appreciate it.
“I have not heard from anyone at MUFC, and I don’t want to go back now.
“I had a phone call from a friend in Los Angeles, who said they had seen the story on the internet and thought it was nonsense. I have not seen the messages on Facebook – I thought Facebook was a make-up.
“I got a call from Brian McClair and other ex players wishing me well after the story was in the paper.”
Vince, from Stockport, who is also a singer, and known as “the king of the comperes” counts Sir Alex and former Stalybridge MP, Tom Pendry, now Baron Pendry, and a member of the House of Lords, as among his friends.
“Tom has got me tickets to see the Trooping of the Colour in June as his guest.”
Vince, who has worked with Johnny Mathis, Shirley Bassey, and gave the eulogy at comedian Bernard Manning’s funeral, said: “I remember going for the interview at Manchester United in 1988. Martin Edwards was there, and when I got the job I said, ‘before I go there’s something I have to tell you..I’m a Man City fan’.
His pal, promoter Micky Martin, said: “The way United have acted is so petty for a club supposed to be one of the biggest in the world.
“If the waitress is upset by being called love she shouldn’t be in the job.
“Vince is very hurt by this, but acts as if he is not. He is a Mancunian through and through and using the word love is just a way of showing warmth.”
United say that as a result of “feedback” received in the Old Boardroom over a period of time they had changed the offering to supporters in that room which had included changing the host.