Old Trafford Manchester United v Sunderland Carling Cup Semi Final
Second Leg Wednesday January 22nd 2014,
Murphy (Sunderland fan)
11. Why you
were looking forward to going to the ground
(or not as the case may be):
Sunderland had won the first leg 2-1 thanks
to a Giggs own goal and a Borini penalty.
Sunderland had one foot in the final for the
first time in 22 years. Man Utd weren't
exactly in fine form so I was really
confident. Old Trafford's obviously a famous
stadium and this was my first visit.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
We set off from the North-East at 3pm hoping
not to hit traffic. There was a bit of
traffic on the M62 but apart from that the
journey was fine. We reached Manchester at
about 6pm. We had a cousin that lived near
Old Trafford and he was fine with us parking
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly
Me and my mate got a bite to eat from a
burger van and headed towards the away end.
The home fans seemed fine with the
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other
sides of the ground?
The ground is HUGE. Maybe not as nicely
designed as the Emirates but when you're in
the stadium you can really see how big it
is. Sunderland brought 9,000 fans down on a
cold Wednesday night in January which is
great for a club that's been in a relegation
battle for the last few years. We were
allocated the usual corner and the upper
tier of the East Stand. I was up in the
God's in the East Stand and the long climb
was worth it for an incredible view.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Well, what a game. United took the lead from
the former Sunderland loanee Jonny Evans and
the game was pretty dull. The Sunderland
fans were excellent and tried to suck the
ball in the net. United fans were very poor.
Their away fans are excellent but very quiet
at home. The game finished 1-0, 2-2 on
aggregate so it went to extra-time. The game
still didn't really pick up until the 119th
minute. Sunderland were passing it round the
box and the ball went to Phil Bardsley, he
unleashed a shot and De Gea fumbled it in.
We went ballistic. Just as we started
singing "que sera, sera" United scored and
it went to penalties. The penalties were
truly awful and the penalties were 2-1 in
Sunderland's favour with Rafael stepping up
to take the last one to either make or break
Sunderland's Wembley hopes. Mannone saved it
and that was it. We were going to Wembley!
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
We stayed back for half an hour to celebrate
with our fellow Sunderland fans. We got out
of Manchester and the journey home was fine.
We got home at 1.30am and went straight to
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day
What a great day. Best day I've had while