Manchester City have promised a fan who travelled over 3,000 miles for a game that never happened that they will invite him back for a 'special matchday experience.'

Matt Renninger 35, and his pregnant wife Missy, 30, flew to Manchester from Boston in the US to attend Sunday's planned Premier League clash with West Ham.

Matt, a Blue for nearly 20 years said watching Sergio Aguero and his City heroes in action had been on his 'bucket list' since his teenage years.

Matt and Missy, from Rhode Island on America's east coast, spent around 3,000 US dollars, around £2,750 on flights, a hotel and tickets.

However the game was called off on Sunday morning as Storm Ciara swept across the region.

They managed to squeeze in a tour of the Etihad but Altrincham FC was the couple's only taste of live football in Greater Manchester where they caught the Robins' clash with Kettering the day before.

Despite enjoying his experience at Moss Lane Matt said he and Missy were "crushed" and there "were some tears" when they learnt of the decision to postpone the West Ham game.

The club took the decision 'in the interests of fan safety' after torrential rain and gale force winds caused travel chaos across the region and police advised people not to travel unless it was absolutely essential.

The game has been rearranged for next Wednesday night, February 19, which was too late for Matt who flew back to the states on Thursday morning.

However after reading about his plight City have said they will make sure he gets the VIP treatment when he comes back to Manchester.

The club tried to arrange for him to visit their training ground but that wasn't possible due to the timings of his flight home.

However they are sending him some merchandise as token of their appreciation of his support.

And they say they will be keeping in touch with him to organise a 'special matchday experience' for them another time.

Matt, who says he has supported City since playing as them on FIFA during their Maine Road days in 2002, specifically chose the West Ham game as he believed it would not be moved, and we wanted to fit the trip in before Missy gives birth to their first child in June.

"It was crushing and we were devastated, there's no two ways about it" he said after learning of the postoponement.

"There were a few tears in the morning and afternoon but we just tried to get on with the day and get outside and do something but it was difficult with the weather as it was" Matt told the M.E.N.

"I got to see the ground but seeing Sergio (Aguero) and the boys running down the tunnel was a moment I was really relishing and obviously we didn't get that.

"We'll have to see if we can get back over for a game some time in the future. Hopefully Pep and Sergio are still around then."

A club source said: "We reached out to Matt directly as we were sorry to hear he and his wife had travelled all the way to Manchester and were unable to see us play.

"Unfortunately he was flying back to the US first thing this morning so we were unable to invite him in to meet him in person.

"However, we will be sending him a gift pack to thank him and his wife for their incredible support.

"We’ve also told Matt to stay in touch with us and when he is next planning to come to Manchester we would be delighted to invite him and his family to the Etihad Stadium for a very special matchday experience."