Tonight I went out with my compoundmates to watch Manchester United and Aston Villa play in the third round of the FA Cup, at one of just a handful of local hotels with satellite television. Our hotel was packed with predominantly young Ethiopian men gathered to watch the game; both the restaurant area and a separate outdoor pavilion were filled to capacity. The first half of the game passed with no score, and as the second half began similarly, the ManU fans in the crowd began to get restless. Finally, late in the game, the TV cameras cut to a shot of Wayne Rooney hopping from the bench, stripping off his warm-ups, and preparing to enter the game. The ManU segment of the hotel crowd erupted into boisterous cheers for the Englishman, an Ethiopian fan favorite, and their roars were even later some twenty minutes later when he scored the second goal of the game, following Cristiano Ronaldo's first, to seal the ManU victory at 2-0.