How the fans raised the roof again
United's 5-1 victory over Leeds was the first time Old Trafford has been full for over 17 months – and the returning Red Army made an immediate and undeniable impact, by producing an atmosphere that sound experts believe is the loudest match recorded at the stadium since 2018.
The roar that greeted Bruno Fernandes’s first-half opener wasn’t far off the noise that greeted Mason’s goal, however – peaking at 117.5dB around the ground.
Old Trafford’s loudest match on average during the 2019/20 season – before the matches went behind-closed-doors – was the 4-0 opening-day win over Chelsea in August 2019, with an average sound level of 95.04dB and the loudest roar that day reaching a mighty 119.1dB when Marcus Rashford put United 3-0 up.
Prior to the 2019/20 season, recording devices were primarily placed in front of one stand, but since then there have been six devices in place across Old Trafford, which the specialists believe present a more accurate and balanced overall reading when it comes to documenting the atmosphere in terms of sound levels.