The father-son moment that made me a United fan

Wednesday 27 September 2023 16:05

Growing up surrounded by Norway's breathtaking landscapes, I couldn't have been further from the bustling heart of Manchester city centre if I had tried.

The whole idea of hopping over to Manchester to experience the grandeur of Old Trafford felt like a distant daydream—a bit like a far-off fantasy.
But then came one special night at the Nou Camp, the night Ole Gunnar Solskjaer worked his magic and sealed the historic treble. That night was about more than just football; it was a promise, a promise made between a father and his two sons. 
With a sparkle in his eye and excitement radiating from every inch of him, he blurted out: 'One day, I'm taking you boys to Old Trafford.'
Ole's greatest moment jumpstarted Thomas's love of United.
Being a Manchester United fan is like riding an emotional rollercoaster. 
It's a wild journey filled with the thrill of championship wins, the agony of almost-wins, and the unbeatable spirit that makes this club legendary. I can still remember the crazy celebration in our living room when Sir Alex Ferguson's team pulled off that historic treble in ’99. And then came the sombre moments when we had to navigate the uncharted waters of a post-Ferguson era.
Among all the ups and downs, there's this one memory that's stuck in my heart like glue. It's the memory of my old man shedding tears. 
I can't remember ever seeing him cry before, but on that magical evening during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's testimonial match, his eyes got all misty. It was a moment that went way beyond football.
Stepping foot into Old Trafford for the first time was nothing short of surreal. It was the realisation of a dream, a promise well-kept. The atmosphere was electric, the stands painted in a sea of red, and as we settled into our seats in the Stretford End, it was a feeling that is hard to put into words – but one that every supporter who has had the opportunity to visit knows all too well.
Today, as I watch the current Manchester United squad take the pitch, hope and excitement are palpable once again. The spirit of Sir Alex Ferguson appears to be rekindled under Erik ten Hag's guidance. With talents like Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, and Alejandro Garnacho gracing the field, there's an quiet sense that we stand on the precipice of a new era of greatness.
As I look at pictures of the Theatre of Dreams, my thoughts drift towards the future. The dream of lifting the Premier League trophy and conquering Europe once more burns brighter than ever. 
The legacy of Manchester United is built upon resilience and an unwavering pursuit of excellence. It's this legacy that continues to inspire me and countless others to rally behind this remarkable club.
Thomas and his collaborator, Marcus Schossow, make up Scandinavian house duo aname.
Now, as a father myself, I witness that same fire burning in my son's eyes — a burning passion for Manchester United. He's already an ardent United fan, and I eagerly await the day when I can fulfil the promise my father made to me. I can't wait to take my son to Old Trafford, to introduce him to the enchantment of this club, and to witness the same sense of wonder in his eyes that I experienced on that unforgettable day.
As a music producer and artist, I’m incredibly fortunate to be part of a band that gets to travel all over the world sharing our music and passion with fans. The emotions, unity, and pure joy you experience at our shows are quite similar to the feelings you get at a football match. Sure, being in a band and being a United fan might seem worlds apart, but there's one fundamental thing that ties them together: the fans.
My journey as a Manchester United fan is like a colourful collage filled with passion, memories and dreams. It's a love story that spans across the past, the present, and the future. Because, you see, we're more than just supporters; we're the beating heart of Manchester United, and our love for this club knows no bounds.