Luke Littler has taken the nation by storm during his sensational run to the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace over the last few weeks. And the 16-year-old darting prodigy looks set to be rewarded for his impressive exploits on the Ally Pally stage by his beloved Manchester United.
Littler, from Warrington, beat 2018 world champion Rob Cross 6-2 on Tuesday for a spot in tonight’s final against pre-tournament favourite and world No 1, Luke Humphries.
He’s dropped just six sets throughout the tournament while navigating past former titleholders, including Andrew Gilding and Raymond van Barneveld.
And now the teenager is one match away from entering darts folklore with an achievement in the same stratosphere as Emma Raducanu’s stunning 2021 US Open triumph, aged 18.
Regardless of whether Littler completes the magical run by ending Humphries’ 18-match competitive win streak in the final, United will pay homage to the boyhood fan later this month.
According to the Mail, United have invited Littler to attend their next Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford.
He would be a guest of the club on January 14, one week before his 17th birthday, as Erik ten Hag’s look to return to winning ways against the Lilywhites.
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It’s claimed that the voice of the Theatre of Dreams, Alan Keegan, could introduce Littler to the 74,000 fans inside Old Trafford, where he would undoubtedly receive a rapturous ovation.
Other guests have received the same treatment, either before kick-off or at half-time, but the Mail add that such a decision could depend on the outcome of tonight’s final.
United will be wary of protecting Littler, considering it’s easy to forget that the superstar-in-the-making is still just 16.
But Littler is said to be “very excited” for the game against Spurs, having supported the Red Devils throughout his young darts career.
The talented arrowsmith seemingly enjoyed United’s dramatic comeback victory against Aston Villa on Boxing Day, posting his jubilant reaction on Facebook.
Ahead of his showdown with Humphries, who will play the role of Ally Pally villain tonight, Littler revealed that a handful of United names had contacted him with kind messages.
He said: “Obviously, I’ve got a lot of followers now! I’ve had a message from Luke Shaw from Manchester United, Rio Ferdinand.
“And I had a message off Gary Neville and Jonny Evans before my game against Barney [Raymond van Barneveld], I think.
“So it’s just crazy… people who I’ve looked up to, especially at my club, Manchester United, wishing me luck.”
He also met Donny van de Beek, who joined Eintracht Frankfurt on loan on January 1, at Alexandra Palace earlier in the tournament.