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"A large group of local girls came and sang Braga songs against the hundreds of Reds before splitting up and hugging everyone! It was pretty weird, but brought a smile to everyone's face."

- Casper Heiselberg (2nd left)

09/11/2012 21:05, Report by Steve Bartram
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Away days: Braga

With Manchester United on a run of four successive away games - Braga, Aston Villa, Norwich and Galatasaray - we're catching up with supporters who clock up the hard yards following the Reds. First up, Danish fan Casper Heiselberg on the trip to Portugal...

Tell us about your journey to the game...
I flew from Copenhagen to Lisbon the day before match-day. I arrived earlier than expected, so I managed to catch an earlier train and got into Braga by 7pm to meet my friends Kim and Ronny.
 
How did you find Braga as a place?
I actually liked it, despite the bad weather during our trip. When I'm on away trips, I like to walk around in town to see the local sights and taste the local specialities. I didn't know much about Braga before coming, but the city centre was small, cosy and full of historical buildings. That's one of the great things about following United in Europe; without United going there, I doubt I'd ever have visited the town.

What were your most noteworthy encounters with the locals?
Ha ha! That must have been on the big square during Wednesday afternoon, when a large group of local girls came and sang Braga songs against the hundreds of Reds before splitting up and hugging everyone! It was pretty weird, but brought a smile to everyone's face.

What did you think of the game itself?
I wasn't impressed by United's performance in the first half. We were too relaxed and gave too much space to the home side, who didn't take advantage of the situation, fortunately. They scored early in second half and after that - I'm sure the groundsman is a Red - we had the blackout. It was the first time I've experienced it at a game myself, and it was a sublime response by the United section! "We'll play in the dark" and "That boy Evans, he's afraid of the dark" songs were quality! The extra break gave us momentum though, and with van Persie's goal we came back in the game and from then on it was business as usual for United.

How strong is the sense of community among travelling United fans?
It's really cool because I know a lot of people from previous European games or games at Old Trafford. I've also got a presence online through my website (OldTrafford.dk) and on social media, which obviously helps us to keep in touch. It's great to get to know people across the club and to also be recognised.

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