WHEN the first twangs of The Stone Roses classic This is the One strike up at Old Trafford today Ben Mee will have an extra spring in his step.

The Sale-born centre back is a Manchester lad and although his allegiances lie on the blue side he recognises a good tune when he hears one.

Burnley’s Mee lists the Manchester rockers’ song as one of his favourite walk-on tracks and Boxing Day promises to be one to remember for the 28-year-old.

Mee will have United-supporting family in the stands at Old Trafford, but he’s managed to convert them into Clarets through a 232-game career with the club who are flying high in the Premier League this term.

“There are a few United fans in my family, a couple are coming to the game, cousins, uncles - big United fans,” he said.

“I’ve managed to turn them into Clarets, but it’s a good place to go, only 10 minutes from my house, just down the road. I pass it all the time going into Manchester.

“It’s one of my favourite places to go - coming out to The Stone Roses as well is a big bonus, one of my favourite entrances to the pitch, it gets you going.

“It’s one I look forward to, and the fact it’s Boxing Day as well, Christmas time, it’s going to be a good atmosphere.”

Mee lists the iconic Manchester band as one of his favourites and revealed This is the One is on the dressing room playlist at Burnley.

“It’s a great tune. It pops up in our dressing room every now and again as well, we get a bit of The Stone Roses after the game sometimes, I enjoy it,” he added.

While former Manchester City youngster Mee is firmly in the blue corner when it comes to Manchester’s football scene he can see the merits of the Red Devils as well ahead of today’s meeting.

“I’m a Blue, but I’m a Manchester lad, I like going to both stadiums,” he said. “I’ve been to Old Trafford a few times, watched games and I enjoy the atmosphere it creates, the fact it’s an old, nice stadium, a big stadium.”

A result for Mee and for Burnley today could be the final nail in United’s title chase as City continue to set a blistering pace at the top of the Premier League.

But the Clarets skipper is focused on what a good result could do for his side rather than Pep Guardiola’s men.

“City are on top at the minute but United will definitely keep on their tails, if they slip up, they’ll be there to capitalise,” he said.

“If we get a result there, it will benefit City as well, but United won’t give up the chase.

“I’m more focused on what we do and how we work rather than looking at them, I’ve got friends and family I’ll rib and take the mickey out of, but it’s more about us doing well, and wanting to win for us.”