Luke Littler admits he was more nervous throwing darts against his Man United heroes than in his Ally Pally final... as star reveals what Erik ten Hag and Sir Alex Ferguson told him

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Luke Littler has confessed he felt more nerves throwing darts against his Manchester United heroes than he did in the Ally Pally world final.

The 17-year-old is a huge United fan and was invited to visit their Carrington training ground after his stunning run in the World Championship.

Littler met legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson and current manager Erik ten Hag, as well as all the players, with Alejandro Garnacho presenting him with a United shirt.

He then took on Harry Maguire and Christian Eriksen on the oche, with the United players posting scores of 171 and 136 respectively from their nine darts thrown.

But 'The Nuke' confidently stepped up and hit a 180 maximum with his first three darts to blow them away, sparking scenes of jubilation amongst the watching United players.

Luke Littler visited Manchester United's Carrington training ground following his run to the World Darts Championship final and is seen shaking hands with manager Erik ten Hag

Luke Littler visited Manchester United's Carrington training ground following his run to the World Darts Championship final and is seen shaking hands with manager Erik ten Hag

Luke Littler visited Manchester United's Carrington training ground following his run to the World Darts Championship final and is seen shaking hands with manager Erik ten Hag 

Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho greeted Littler besides a training pitch

Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho greeted Littler besides a training pitch

Luke Littler, Harry Maguire, and Christian Eriksen faced off in a darts showdown at Man United's Carrington training centre

Luke Littler, Harry Maguire, and Christian Eriksen faced off in a darts showdown at Man United's Carrington training centre

Littler (right) is about to make his debut in Premier League Darts on Thursday - he'll be up against (left to right) Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Nathan Aspinall, Luke Humphreys, Michael van Gerwen, Michael Smith and Gerwyn Price

Littler (right) is about to make his debut in Premier League Darts on Thursday - he'll be up against (left to right) Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Nathan Aspinall, Luke Humphreys, Michael van Gerwen, Michael Smith and Gerwyn Price

Speaking exclusively to Mail Sport, Littler said: 'It was good to see most of the lads, who were fit and who were training.

'I spoke to Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire. Most of the other guys was a handshake and they said "well done". Then I spoke to Erik and he said "it's nice weather" even though it was raining!

'But it was just crazy to meet them and to play against Harry and Christian, that was good fun and I actually felt more nerves in front of them that I did at Ally Pally.'

Littler, who hails from Warrington, shot to fame last month when he reached the World Darts Championship final, losing 7-4 to Luke Humphries.

His performances won him a spot on the 2024 Premier League Darts tour and he'll make his debut - once again facing Humphreys in the quarter-final - in Cardiff on Thursday night.

The eight-strong field also features Gerwyn Price, Michael van Gerwen, Michael Smith, Peter Wright, Rob Cross and Nathan Aspinall.

On meeting Ferguson, Littler added: 'It was crazy to meet him. Obviously my dad and my manager, they've witnessed all of his glory years and 1999.

Club captain Bruno Fernandes gave Littler a smile as they shook hands at Carrington

Club captain Bruno Fernandes gave Littler a smile as they shook hands at Carrington

The 17-year-old threw a 180 to beat Maguire and Eriksen's nine-dart scores with ease

The 17-year-old threw a 180 to beat Maguire and Eriksen's nine-dart scores with ease

Littler faces a rematch of his World Championship final against Humphreys on Thursday night

Littler faces a rematch of his World Championship final against Humphreys on Thursday night

'I didn't actually get much out of him because of his accent but I did hear him say "stick with it and stick at it."'

Ferguson's glory days seem a long way distant at Old Trafford with Ten Hag's side a lowly ninth in the Premier League and Littler spoke about what he believed is needed.

'It's not the best of times. We certainly need refurbishments I'd love to see some new signings but we just have to get through these bad times and hopefully good times will come,' he said.

'I'd love to see a new centre-half, we were looking at [Jean-Clair] Todibo and Ronald Araujo from Barcelona, and I’d love to sign some next to [Rasmus] Hojlund so he's not feeling that pressure. 

'Us United fans look at him being brought in to be our main striker but we actually need someone in front of him.'

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