Trafford - Manchester United
Saturday March 13th 2011
V Arsenal, FA Cup 5th Round, 5.15pm
By Harry Shaw
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
Having only visited Old
Trafford once before (for a meaningless England
friendly) I jumped at the chance for a trip up
to watch the Arsenal. An added bonus being
they’d be even more Gunners fans
there because of the bigger ticket
allocation for cup games.
Got the train without hassle.
Getting to the ground was a doddle albeit the
tram from the city centre to the ground was
quite busy. Not that you mind that after a few
beers on the journey up! I’m
sure getting there earlier would see
lesser crowds on the tram.
Didn’t have time to track
down a pub but grabbed a burger from a van
before going into the ground, standard grub,
what you’d expect. Didn’t
have any trouble at all from the home fans.
You can’t help but be
impressed by the ground’s exterior, as much as I
tried not to! But first time visitors may be
expecting too much, whilst pundits on the telly
can go over the top about it. It’s a vast, great
stadium, but it’s definitely not going to make
your jaw drop like the Bernabeu or San Siro for
example, but then that’s just my opinion.
Inside the ground is even more
impressive, totally enclosed, the impossibly
steep stands meet the pitch mere yards from the
players. It looks intimidating from the stands,
I’d imagine it’d be even more so from the
players’ point of view.
Stewards were polite and
helpful which was good, pointing us to our seats
with a smile! Toilets were clean and big, queues
for pies etc. went down quickly as far as I
Getting away from the ground
wasn’t a problem, however I covered my colours
up after being accosted by a few Man Utd fans
for a cigarette! Getting the
tram back into town to get the train back was a
drag, unlike at Arsenal where everyone filters
out to the different tube lines/stations etc. It
seemed a vast percentage got the tram back to
the town centre, we eventually squeezed into
about the 6th one that came along, and that was
still packed like sardines. Next time
we’re losing two-nil I think I’ll
leave a few minutes early!
Overall a great day out as the Arsenal fans were in full voice throughout, a shame about the result but hey that’s the way it goes. It definitely won’t be my last visit to Old Trafford, thoroughly enjoyable and no trouble whatsoever.
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