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Man Utd 3-2 Fulham

I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to a new season as I am doing now. It was a long summer with no football, and the prospects of seeing Fergies last season with two great signings are nothing short of exciting. Although I’d been to the Celtic friendly and the Charity Shield, for me the season started against Fulham.

The train journey up was long but the Fulham fans were a pleasure to travel with, showing their admiration for United and talking honestly about football and their hopes for the future.

On arrival in Manchester we headed towards the ground via getting some lunch and just about made it for kick off. Due to the surprisingly dry and warm Manchester weather the ground was a sea of red except for the pocket of whites in the away section. The atmosphere up in tier two was as good as it has been for a long time although it is so self contained that the Fulham fans said they couldn’t even hear us. All the old classics were sung with very little banter between the two sets of fans except for the odd chant of ‘Chelsea rent boys’. As with the Charity Shield, Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s name was being sung as he scored, and his two quick goals sparked off pure bliss in the Strettie.

After the game his name was sung all the way back to town on the metro and his name emanated from every bar in Manchester for the rest of the day, as far as I can see he will be a big hero in years to come. The train journey home was nothing but hell and overshadowed a good game, but I’ve come to expect nothing more from certain loutish idiots who claim to be reds. I got home very late and very tired but still found time to watch the highlights and drifted off to sleep singing Ruud Van Nistelrooy la la la la la….

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