Manchester United's win over Stoke City on Saturday provided the perfect start for the club's #IAMUNITED fan parties.
The first party of its kind took place at the Terminal 5 music venue in New York with fans starting to arrive several hours before kick-off. The Grogan family were the first to turn up, having left home at 04:30 to be among 2,000 Reds watching the Stoke match together from 10:00 local time. Youngest child Brendon Grogan, a massive fan of double scorer Wayne Rooney, said they had driven through thick fog from their home in upstate New York.
Fans at the event were greeted by club ambassador Bryan Robson and his former Manchester United team-mate Dion Dublin. Both ex-players talked about how impressed they were with the attendance and how excited they were to watch the game with so many Reds. The 2,000 present were the lucky people allocated tickets through a ballot receiving a remarkable 12,000 applications.
Siddharth Muchhal, 13, from New Jersey, enjoyed the atmosphere at the #IAMUNITED party. "It's amazing to be here with 2,000 people who feel exactly the same way I do. I love this club." Luca Bhalla from TriBeCa added, "I'm excited about going to Old Trafford for the Arsenal game, but I'm always going to remember this incredible event."
With banners up and songs being sung, the crowd in New York cheered every one of United's four goals. One lucky fan, Artan Cavdarbasha, had an extra special reason to celebrate - while at the event, he won a trip to Old Trafford courtesy of Thomas Cook and will soon be roaring on his beloved Reds in person.
The next #IAMUNITED event will be in Jakarta, Indonesia on 3 November. Apply for tickets now at manutd.com/iamunited .