A spectacular opening ceremony (the party continued at half-time as well) preceded the game with an on-pitch ‘show’ akin to what we’re used to seeing before the World Cup kick-off with lasers, dramatic music, dancers and fireworks all involved to mark the first game at Chivas’ hugely impressive, spaceship-like arena.
The pre-match performers eventually made way for the evening’s main acts – kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes - with Sir Alex opting to give youth a chance against Chivas’ first choice eleven which included, of course, Chicharito. A sprinkling of experienced heads also lined up for United with Tomasz Kuszczak, John O’Shea – captain for the night, Paul Scholes and Dimitar Berbatov all starters.
Deafening screams greeted Chicharito’s every touch, the loudest of which came on 10 minutes when he found the net. A lovely knock-down from Adolfo Bautista, who was a menace all night for United’s young back four, dropped perfectly into the path of Chicharito who hit a first-time shot from the edge of the area into the bottom corner. Cue the madness in the stands.