BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker apologises to Shaun Ryder after calling him a ‘Mancunian’

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BBC Breakfast's Dan Walker was forced to apologise to Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder after he accidentally branded him a “Mancunian”.

The British hitmaker appeared on Wednesday’s instalment of the morning stalwart when he corrected Dan’s slip-up after he was asked to share his thoughts about the defacing of the Marcus Rashford mural in Manchester.

Broadcaster Dan began: "So I've got to ask you as a very proud Mancunian."

To which, Shaun promptly interjected: "Salfordian actually me!"

Momentarily stunned by the comment, Dan responded: "Well ok. Apologies, Salfordian.

“Thank you for correcting me. I'm sure there are many people shouting at me as well."

Broadcaster Dan was left red-faced after the slip-up

Getting back to the question at hand, Dan, 44, continued to ask the 58-year-old his opinion on the racist comments left on English footballer Marcus' mural after he missed a penalty against Italy in the Euro 2020 final.

Censoring himself, Shaun continued: "You can't swear on this programme, but it's sick. And I don't mean in a good way. Nasty."

Weighing in on Shaun’s correction, one viewer penned: “Highlight of the day Shaun Ryder correcting Dan Walker about being a Salfordian #Salford”.

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“Shaun would never be called a Manc without him correcting it. That's the difference,” another shared.

A third wrote: “Nice to see Shaun Ryder correct @mrdanwalker when asked ‘.. as a Mancunian’ corrected to "I'm Salfordian actually." My mum would have been proud. #pride”.

Elsewhere in the interview, Shaun told of his struggle to overcome coronavirus and believes he's suffering from long Covid.

The music star believes he contracted the deadly disease from his two daughters and he said virus has zapped him of all his energy and forced him to stay in bed for three weeks.

Shaun, 58, said he is a proud 'Salfordian' during the interview

He said: "Every now and then, I wake up with no energy, and I spend that day falling asleep."

When he was quizzed if he thinks he has long Covid – which affects 500,000 people in the UK – Shaun said: "I haven't been told that but it just comes out of nowhere: I'm fine then – boom!"

"I get up one day and I'm gone, and I'm like that all day!"

In the same interview, Shaun said he believes he is suffering with long Covid
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The rock star told how he thinks he caught the bug from his daughters, who were asymptomatic after they attended a charity event in London.

He said: "We were out doing Stand Up To Cancer. We'd been to London, mixing with people, having Covid tests every day while we were filming.

"I got home – the two girls had got it but had no symptoms. I got it, ended up in bed for two or three weeks!"

Watch BBC Breakfast Monday to Friday,from 6am to 9am on BBC One

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