Vinit Rai Chamling (born 10 October 1997) is a 22-year old Indian professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Indian football club Odisha and the Indian football team. The Odhisa FC looks up to the skipper of Indian National squad, under whose leadership he also happens to have played.
Vinit said he was too shy to speak on his experience of playing with United legend Steve Coppell when the duo was at Kerala blasters.
Coppell has played in 322 competitive games for Manchester United and scored 53 goals. The Englishman was the head coach of the Indian Super League (ISL) franchise from Kerala in the 2016-17 season when they reached the finals only to lose to ATK on penalties in Kochi.
“When I was at Kerala Blasters, I was fortunate to work under Coppell. I learned so many things from him, he is a top guy and a very (nice) human being.” “I was just a kid at that time, I did not have the guts to talk to him personally and ask things about Manchester United. I was struggling to get minutes so I was just trying to work hard so that I can prove myself. I never really asked him anything about Manchester United,” said Rai who played two games under Coppell’s tutelage at Blasters when he was still in his teens.”
The young star revealed that he has been a fan of Manchester United ever since 2003 when Cristiano Ronaldo signed for them from Sporting Lisbon.
“I used to watch Man Utd a lot when Cristiano Ronaldo was there. I still follow their games. Manchester United have a history of getting comeback wins, that is the most important thing I like about them, they never give up. I support Real Madrid too but I follow the Premier League,” said Rai in a chat with Manchester United Delhi fans.”
When asked to choose between two of the most famous and household names of Indian football, he chose Chhetri over Bhutia and explained the choice as “Both Bhutia and Chhetri are true legends. I will go with Chhetri because I have played with him and have learned a lot from him. He will come and talk to me, give me tips. The way he eats, his hard work and dedication, I follow him,” opined Rai.