Will we remember 17 March as St Amad's Day?

Tuesday 19 March 2024 11:00

As the dust settles on an historic occasion at Old Trafford, it's clear that 17 March will now be a date forever remembered by Manchester United fans.

We tend to mark anniversaries on our club channels and it's often a reminder of wow, how did it happen so long ago?

From now on, every St Patrick's Day will be the trigger to recall where we were when United came out on top in a see-saw battle with arch-rivals Liverpool, to knock them out of the Emirates FA Cup.

It was all just so exciting, so dramatic and the storyline of Amad, a player who has had to wait for his chance to shine, emerging as the hero topped it off perfectly.

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Will we come to think of the date as St Amad's Day instead?

It's worth pointing out the Irish and Ivory Coast flags are very similar!

Whatever the 21-year-old goes on to achieve in the game, which can be plenty, he has already earned the lifelong gratitude of every United supporter. He will be asked to relive the moment time and time again.

Every year, we will revisit the game and that winner, as he collected Alejandro Garnacho's pass and found the bottom corner, beyond Liverpool keeper Caoimhin Kelleher.

One of my first thoughts after the game was how I'd interviewed Amad at an empty Old Trafford for our Rising Baller feature. When I asked him what it would mean to score in front of a full stadium (his maiden goal against AC Milan came behind closed doors) he gave a glance at the pitch behind us.

It registered immediately with me, the way he was trying to envisage what it would be like.

It's been a long road for the winger since that Milan goal, but he proved his quality during a successful loan at Sunderland, and it was just a case of seizing any opportunities that came his way.


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So I thought of that interview and him now getting to the point where he was introduced in a helter-skelter of a game of such magnitude and obvious importance. Erik ten Hag had said we needed to save our season and he turned to Amad, who even had a shift in the no.10 role when Bruno Fernandes dropped deeper – so deep that he was at centre-half in extra-time.

It became clear that the youngster was going to give his all from the outset. He tore around, making some key challenges, sprinting to nick the ball from Darwin Nunez in one memorable interaction and battling for every ball. Indeed, he gained possession in the build-up to both goals in the second half of extra-time.

And, with one swing of his left boot, it was a carpe-diem moment for Amad and something we will treasure forever.

Every 17 March, let's all celebrate St Amad's Day in the way the Irish do St Patrick's Day! And for those Irish Reds, double the cause to party!

The opinions in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Manchester United Football Club.