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Michael Jackson offers to sell his kidney for Manchester United tickets

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A Preston North End supporter living in South Africa has taken to Facebook to post a plea for tickets for the forthcoming FA Cup fifth round clash against Manchester United, promising to donate a kidney in exchange for entrance to Deepdale on February 16.

Michael Jackson has been living in Johannesburg for the past 25 years, but as a lifelong fan of the League One club has continued to follow Simon Grayson's side from the other side of the world.

The 52-year-old's desperate appeal on social media includes a number of other bizarre pledges, including a vow to ride a giraffe and even swim to Lancashire from Cape Town ahead of the showpiece encounter which takes place next Monday.

"I'd sell a kidney to get a ticket," confirmed Jackson in an interview with the Lancashire Evening Post. "Someone suggested I should ride a giraffe, I'd do whatever it takes. I'd even swim from Cape Town to the River Ribble.

"It [the game] is on TV but I want to be there in person cheering on the Lilywhites. But it is impossible to get a ticket."

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He added: "I've put an appeal on Facebook [because] I have to be at that game. It is a once in a lifetime match and marks a year since Sir Tom Finney died.

"I want to be there and hear the roar from my home town at Deepdale. If this never happens again in my lifetime and I miss it I will spend years in tears."

The fully-fledged Preston fan spent all of his formative years watching his boyhood club play, and is eager for another opportunity to cheer on a club with illustrious history as one of the founding members of the Football League.

Jackson's desperation to see how his side fare against Louis van Gaal's side is somewhat puzzling, particularly as this is arguably one of the worst Manchester United teams there's been in many years.

"I'd sell a kidney, ride a giraffe - even swim from Cape Town to the River Ribble," - Preston fan's plea

However, judging by the ex-pat's comments, the glitz and the glamour of playing against a Premier League giant is not the main attraction, more the chance to see Preston play live again in what has been an impressive run in England's primary domestic cup competition.

"People will say 'part-time supporters they want to come to the big games' but I can't get to games because I live in South Africa," he argued enthusiastically. "I spent all my money going to games when I was younger.

"I've followed North End's cup run and I even wrote to the South African newspapers complaining that they don't carry PNE's score in the paper because of the league they are in.

"I will pay whatever it takes [and] if I have to buy a season ticket I will do."

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