I’ve had the privilege of watching United all over this country, and in varying places in Europe.
Different stadia, different towns, different people.
But nothing I’ve seen before could compare to the atmosphere inside of Ibrox for the Rangers v United Champions League game. I’m proud of the fact that United are one of the only teams in the country, maybe even Europe, that take so many numbers to away games and make so much noise during the matches…
But last night was the first time I’ve ever heard us get simply drowned out. We sang for 90 minutes and for the most part were creating most of the noise, but when the Rangers fans got going, they really got going!
The atmosphere had been quite tense around Glasgow all day, as scores of United fans descended upon the Old Firms’ home patch. There was much banter between both sets of fans…Rangers seemingly adding to the list of club fans who dislike hearing “Thursday Nights On Channel 5”!!
The game was heading towards 0-0, fair result given it was a pretty terrible game. Then in a second we’ve been awarded a penalty and Rooney grabs the ball. He’d had plenty of stick from the Rangers fans and up to that point hadn’t had much in the way of support from the United contingent. Personally I’m fully behind Wayne and I was thrilled to have him re-sign.
The ball is on the spot.
Rooney steps up.
And the ball hits the net!!
Cue scenes of joy amongst the United Faithful, and cue an out pouring of relief from Rooney. It was good to see him so thrilled to have scored. It must have meant so much to him. Chants and songs about Wayne now pour out from the United end and the boos I was embarrassed to hear at the Wigan home game were now a distant memory. This is our Rooney back.
The game itself will not live long in the memory, Rangers defensive tactics coupled with United’s current form made for a game that wasn’t particularly pretty on the eye. But Rooney’s goal and the subsequent celebrations meant the trip further North than Manchester was well worth it.