Adam Marshall enjoys being part of a cracking atmosphere at Ewood Park...
Can fans really make a difference? We hear it spoken about in terms of lifting teams and affecting matches but is it true that what happens at a ground can influence the performance on the pitch?
Sir Alex thinks it does and there's no better judge in the game. The manager has not only noted the edge it can give United at home but also at places like Swansea and Norwich where everybody is pulling in the same direction - on and off the field.
I cannot help but agree that supporters have a key role to play in the outcome of all games and positive energy goes a long way. At Ewood Park on Monday night, there was nothing but belief and backing from the travelling army of more than 7,000 Reds. No pressure, no restlessness, no agitation when a goal did not arrive for the first 80 minutes. Just pure joy at being fortunate enough to get a ticket to be part of the combined effort to bring United closer to a 20th title.
I am fortunate to have been part of some special atmospheres in the past but the attitude of the fans was spot-on in the Darwen End. There was a collective determination to get the job done and capitalise on those dropped points by Manchester City, and an inner feeling that the players would respond and provide a moment to remember.
With every attack in the second half, every corner and free-kick awarded, there was a sense of anticipation, a thought that the key contribution was seconds away and almost inevitable. It might sound like over-confidence or even arrogance but maybe that's natural when you've seen your team win the championship more than anybody else and the euphoria of no.19 still hasn't truly evaporated.
It's almost a quasi-religious experience at times.
The excitement at allowing your mind to fast-forward to how much a goal would mean to you and those