Man United fan set to open special 33,000-piece museum in Finland

Man United fan set to open special 33,000-piece museum in Finland
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  • Jere Virtanen is preparing to open 'The Red Room' sometime later this year.
  • Spread across 210 square meters in Helsinki, the museum will have 33,000 items dedicated to United.
  • "I have been collecting memorabilia and other stuff for more than 20 years," Jere explained.

A Manchester United fan based in Finland is preparing to open 'The Red Room' - a museum that will house 33,000 pieces of memorabilia he has collected over the years, reports CNN.

Speaking to CNN Sport, Jere Virtanen said: "I have been collecting memorabilia and other stuff from United I'd say for more than 20 years, and at some point, my home, my office and my parents' place were full.

"I started playing with number seven because of Robbo. He was the first player to affect me and that is why I hoped that he'd be the one (to open the museum).

"It is absolutely amazing and I feel so humbled and privileged that Robbo and all the others are coming to Helsinki.

"It's like a religion for me, the United family. I travel all around the world to see other fans and they have become second family to me.

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A glimpse of what one can expect in 'The Red Room'

"From the beginning of the club, there are so many stories, so many players who, even if you haven't seen them play, it's like you have and you know them.

"It's a way of life nowadays. After the museum, it's going to be an even bigger part of my daily work. It's something to get your mind away from day-to-day stuff and always makes you smile more," he concluded.

'The Red Room' was originally scheduled to open in March 2020 but due to the coronavirus pandemic, it will be inaugurated later this year.

In fact, former United stars like Lee Martin, Wes Brown, Ben Thornley and Bryan Robson are expected to attend the grand opening.

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Source: CNN

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