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16/01/2010 16:54


David Sadler

Former United player David Sadler experienced a golden age at Old Trafford - the 1960's, when George Best, Bobby Charlton and Denis Law were among his team-mates...

The late sixties were magical times at Old Trafford - but it could also be quite daunting to play there, whether you were a young kid or an old pro like Bobby Charlton who had already been there for many years.

As players, we’d arrive about an hour and a half before kick-off and see all the crowds around the stadium. Then at five to three, we'd walk down the tunnel to the roar of 60,000 people. It was a pretty amazing experience really.

There have been a lot of good players down the years who haven’t done themselves justice at Old Trafford. Maybe it was because of the crowd, which was as important then as it is today.

I knew a lot of players who were brilliant throughout the week during training, but when it came to going out and playing in a big match, they weren’t able to cut it for some reason.

However, many of the great players drew inspiration from Old Trafford. People like George Best, Bobby Charlton and Denis Law would really use the crowd as their lifeblood. Later on players like Roy Keane and Eric Cantona thrived on the atmosphere.

The demands and expectations of the fans at Old Trafford are always huge and not everyone can cope. I guess you have to be special to make it at United.


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