14/11/2013 15:15, Report by M Froggatt, G Thompson
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Destination Donetsk

As experiences go, it’s difficult to beat travelling with the first-team squad to watch last month’s 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk - just ask lifelong United fan Stephen Coward.

The lucky fan won the prize in a charity auction at Aon’s ‘Find a Better Way’ gala dinner, allowing him to enjoy the Champions League tie in unrivalled style along with his son Lewis, who was taken along for the ride as his guest.

Beginning at the Aon Training Complex, the pair watched the Reds being put through their paces before accompanying David Moyes’ men to Ukraine, where they met the players in the Donbass Arena. As Stephen explains, the trip was one to remember.

“From beginning to end, the trip was something very special,” he remarked. “After 50 years of unwavering support for United I did not imagine there was a way to heighten my passion for this great club, but this trip proved me wrong by some margin.

“It’s such a big operation but everything is organised with military precision. And despite everything that was going on, my son and I were always looked after by everyone connected to the club.

"The extra little touches were incredible, like sitting next to my hero Bryan Robson at dinner and having as many photos as possible.

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