Rachel and Pasha became parents in December (Picture: Instagram)

Rachel Riley’s daughter doesn’t really have much of a choice in supporting her mum’s team of Manchester United.

So it’s lucky the jersey suits her.

Rachel and husband Pasha Kovalev took their 10-week-old daughter Maven to watch her beloved Red Devils defeat Watford at Old Trafford, and it was a pretty cute family day out.

Countdown star Rachel shared a picture showing her and Pasha in the stands, with Riley holding her baby daughter.

While Pasha, 40, was dapper in a dark suit and Rachel, 34, wore a floral dress for the occasion, little Maven was the true diehard fan, wearing a red baby gro bearing the Man U crest.


Rachel wrote on Instagram: ‘10 weeks old today and her first trip to the Theatre of Dreams! We got 3 points and Mave got to meet Sir Alex and Sir Bobby – such a lucky baby, best day ever! 🙌❤️⚽️ #manchesterunited #mufc #proudmama.’

Followers were loving the picture, with many remarking that Mave is the spitting image of her father.

Rachel is a huge Man United supporter, and after Maven’s birth in December, she was gifted with tonnes of club merch.

Taking a photo of the newborn lying amongst the pyjamas, teddy bears, bibs and jerseys, the former Strictly Come Dancing star wrote: ‘As a parent it’s important your kids make their own choices in life, no pressure, she can support whichever football team she likes… so long as she picks a red one that plays in Manchester.’

The Kovalev family are definitely red (Picture: Instagram)

So, no pressure, Mave.

The Kovalev day out is sure to have been a welcome distraction for Pasha, whose former Strictly celeb partner Caroline Flack died by suicide a week ago.

Pasha and Caroline were partnered together on the 2014 series of Strictly, and beat Simon Webbe and Frankie Bridge to be crowned Glitterball champions.

Kovalev has not made any public statement on Caroline’s death; however, Strictly did issue a statement following the sad news.

Caroline and Pasha won Strictly in 2014 (Picture: BBC)

The show’s official Twitter account read: ‘The entire Strictly Come Dancing family are heartbroken to hear this incredibly sad news.

‘Caroline had an infectious energy and passion for dance, she shone brightly in the Strictly ballroom every week and became an incredible champion.

‘Words cannot express our sadness, she was simply one of a kind. We are sending our love to all her family and friends during this difficult time.’


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