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"The noise was insane"

"The stadium erupted so loudly I thought it was going to collapse. It was the best sound I had ever heard. The roar of a million lions combined couldn't have upstaged this thunder of more than 60,000 delighted Reds."

- Aaron Mansell

11/08/2014 16:00, Report by Sean Mullan
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#myOTdebut: Fan stories

Manchester United's final pre-season friendly against Valencia on Tuesday will be the first Reds home game for Louis van Gaal, Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw. In the build-up to the match, we've heard from some fans on their first trips to Old Trafford...

Aaron Mansell
It was September 2003 and I was 12 years old. I came home from school on Monday, and my mother's partner told me his friend had a spare ticket to the game against Panathinaikos the following day. I said, "Yes please" before he even finished his sentence.

Our seats were right behind the goal, exactly where I wanted so I could spot myself on the recorded game if a goal was scored at our end. If I remember rightly, it was around 13 minutes in when 'God' (Ryan Giggs) put in a corner and Mikael Silvestre finished it off quite nicely.

The stadium erupted so loudly, I thought it was going to collapse. It was the best sound I had ever heard. The roar of a million lions combined couldn't have upstaged this thunder of more than 60,000 delighted Reds. My mother's partner picked me up and threw me around like I was a trophy on a tour bus, and I must have banged my head off about eight different hands, heads and elbows, but I didn't care. This was the best experience of my life.

Almost straight away, Quinton Fortune got another one for United. The noise was insane, like what you'd expect to here at a Roman coliseum. As the game continued, I started to get more and more into it, singing the songs and waving my scarf around in the air. 

The legend that is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got the third goal, with Nicky Butt and Eric Djemba-Djemba also scoring to make it a comfortable 5-0 win on my first-ever visit. I was made up, and talked about it all the way home, and all week at school.

Daniel Hayes
I'll always remember my first match at Old Trafford. My dad took me and we were sitting in the Family Stand. Before we got into the stadium he bought me a scarf and programme, which, as I was only nine years old, I was clutching like crazy.

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