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This, as one text to me said today, is the perfect fixture to take wives, kids and girlfriends to. No hostility, a great stadium, and the summer sunshine were the reasons I chose to take my girlfriend to this, and it seemed like everyone else had made the same decision. It certainly was not the usual crowd and it lacked any form of tension or passion, but nevertheless it is always good to see United win silverware and of course doing it on pens brought back wonderful memories of Moscow. Read more
It almost felt like cup final day at Wembley; Chelsea and United, the sun shining and a stadium half full of neutrals. After 90 minutes of dull football it felt even more like the last cup final! However, when United walked up the steps to the Royal Box this time it was not collect runners up medals but instead to lift the Community Shield. Read more
It is less than two weeks until United and Chelsea walk out the tunnel at Wembley to kick off the new season, and rarely have things been so focused on off the field activity. The press seem to have become Hollywood celebrity experts camping out in LA to catch a glimpse of a former Red, or polishing up their legal skills to report on sagas including those surrounding Heinze and Tevez. A dodgy Thai has moved in at City, Liverpool think money should be spent on even more over-rated Spanish strikers (as if Luis Garcia and Morientes were not enough), Leeds are embroiled in a row over tax dodging and loan repayments, Arsenal are losing players by the second and Chelsea are fighting to hang on to Robben whilst also bringing in some useful additions. What a summer and a ball has not even been kicked yet! Read more
There was a somewhat sombre atmosphere by the fair weather fan presence in Cardiff. Due to the tickets being put on general sale many day trippers and muppets took their chance to watch the reds in action. Fair play to them, but it didn’t help the atmosphere.
When we arrived in rainy Cardiff the streets were packed with fans from both sides and it relatively peaceful, although it was later reported a United fan was stabbed. The stadium itself was an awesome sight, which rivalled any ground I’ve seen. The roof being closed did not seem to make much difference although the players later claimed it had improved what I thought what was a sour atmosphere.
The game was played competitively and I cannot honestly claim that United did not mind losing. Yet reds should take heart from the second half showing and from the class of Ruud Van Nistelrooy who brought the crowd to life. United deserved at least a draw and had it not been for the ref we surely would have won.
At the final whistle I left as quickly as possible; I will never watch Liverpool lift a trophy. We went out for a couple of drinks and had a nice meal in little Italian bistro that Giggsy and Sparky are often seen in according to the photos on the walls. The car journey home was long and tedious especially after losing to the Scousers, but I’m still pretty confident that it will be us laughing next May. I predict now that we will win the league in England, the FA Cup in Wales and finally the European Cup in Scotland.