The atmospheres we'll always remember
Our 'U-N-I-T-E-D' theme – capturing the essence of what it means to support the greatest club in the world – continues here with personal recollections of crowds that still give the attendees goosebumps, many years after the matches in question.
BRYAN ROBSON – BARCELONA, HOME, 21 MARCH 1984
Our 3-0 win against Barcelona in the European Cup Winners' Cup gave me the best night of my career, without a doubt. You could more or less feel the pitch shaking, the atmosphere was that good. Everybody had written us off after the first leg, but we got the goals at the perfect times and the fans were unbelievable throughout the game. What a night.
STEVE BARTRAM – LIVERPOOL, HOME, 16 MARCH 2014
Perhaps the nadir of a wretched 2013/14 season, this home trouncing at the hands of Liverpool would belong in the furthest recesses of the dankest corners of our memories, but for the defiance of the home support at Old Trafford. United were taking a tanking, hopes of even a sixth-place finish were receding and the Merseysiders looked like our probable successors as champions, yet it felt like the whole crowd was on its feet throughout the second half, chanting ‘20 times, 20 times, Man United…’ Through even the bleakest of outlooks, a rousing display of unity for the ages.
JOE GANLEY – BLACKBURN, AWAY, 14 MAY 2011
A 1-1 draw at Blackburn in 2011 sealed our 19th league championship, taking us beyond Liverpool’s record 18. But that Saturday at Ewood Park was about so much more than just the Scousers. United’s history is about surviving dark times and rebounding to triumph – with Munich being the obvious example – and all that came full circle at Blackburn. I saw older lads – who would never have dreamed we’d get near Liverpool’s tally of titles – popping champagne open on Fernhurst Street afterwards. Inside, a young Red of eight or nine warned me he was going to go berserk and probably jump on my back if Rooney converted the crucial penalty. Throughout, the away end was loud, proud and emotional. MUFC is about good times and bad, the past and the present, all at once. And everything coalesced euphorically on that glorious day.
PAUL DAVIES – MIDDLESBROUGH, HOME, 11 MARCH 1992
A game I’ll always remember for its atmosphere is our League Cup semi-final, second leg with Middlesbrough at Old Trafford in 1992. With the scores locked at 1-1 on the night and aggregate, and with extra time about to begin, the Stretford End – in its last season as a terrace – began to crank up the volume. ‘Ferguson’s Red and White Army’ got louder and louder and louder. It seemed to last for half an hour at least, only interrupted by Ryan Giggs volleying home the winner in the first minute of the second half of extra time. The Stretford End sucked many a ball into the net over the years, but this is one night I’ll never forget.
I've never witnessed anything like the 1969 European Cup semi-final, second leg against AC Milan in my life. There was an incredible atmosphere – it was the nearest I've ever seen to mass hysteria. The noise was incredible and the back of my neck went tense. I couldn't move my head with shouting, and everybody was the same. Normally tranquil people were on their seats, little old ladies were on their seats, shouting, and it was absolutely astonishing. Half the time during that game you felt like you weren't in control of yourself.
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United v Barcelona in 2008. UCL Semi-Final 2nd Leg. When Scholes scored that goal, I’ve never heard a louder roar at OT in my life😍💥— Tom (@HearUnitedSing) September 5, 2018
Real Madrid at Old Trafford when Nani got sent off, from the start of the game the stadium was rocking, we sang ronaldos name then bood his first touch, and even 2-1 down and down to 10 men our spirit on and off the pitch is something ill never forget— Jonny Molyneux (@jonnymolly) September 5, 2018
United v Barcelona , 21/03/1984— Raquelquefois (@raquelquefois) September 5, 2018
Electric atmosphere, 0-2 down from first leg, Maradona subbed off , won 3-0.... it was a fantastic night! #CaptainMarvel— Raquelquefois (@raquelquefois) September 5, 2018
United 3-1 city in the league cup semi final, Rooney scored yet another header right at the end and the crowd went mental. Wembley Wembley....— Sean murphy (@SeanMurphy1674) September 5, 2018
Celta Vigo at home in the EL was special for me. Guidetti nearly scoring with seconds to go. Atmosphere was incredible.— J.Tmy (@JoshToomey) September 5, 2018
Been so many, Blackburn game after we won the league was special but best atmosphere I experienced was Boro league cup semi at OT 1992 especially extra time, the whole stadium was bouncing to Ferguson’s red & white army the whole of ET.— David jh (@dtjh5) September 5, 2018
Fulham away 2007 ronaldo scoring a late winner took us 9 points clear practically won us the league that day— scott rogers (@scottyrogers87) September 5, 2018
City at home 4.3 was brilliant
But that 2008 final in moscow was bouncing all the way to the ground every1 singing viva ronaldo underground was special