To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Andrew Deighton has spoken about one of his favourite memories.
United fans above all goals we see scored, love to see goals scored by academy graduates. They keep us linked to Busby and Murphy, like no other thing can, other than winning the European Cup, which for me is the zenith.
Towards the end of the 2008-09 season, United played Aston Villa. United were on top for the most of the game, although going into stoppage time, 2-2 was the score. Fergie did the usual thing, and gave youth a chance, sending Macheda into the game for Nani. His pace pushed Villa back, and in injury time, thanks to a deft pass from Ryan Giggs, Macheda turned the defender, leaving him flapping, and he quite delicately placed the ball, just inside the far post, giving United a 3-2 victory.
It was bedlam inside Old Trafford, fans throwing themselves everywhere, before managing to steady themselves some time later, and ask, “who the fuck is Macheda?!”
Being born in 1989 I’ve been pretty blessed as a Manchester United fan. I was one of those who knew nothing but Sir Alex Ferguson and went from a boy to a man celebrating trophy after trophy thinking it was the norm.
There’s so many great memories in amongst it – the first FA Cup final I remember as a kid was in 1994, King Eric sealing the Double against the scousers in 1996, the Treble season, Moscow and so much more in between and that followed.
Now as I type this Manchester United are still trying to recover from the huge void left by the departure of the genius that is Sir Alex Ferguson and the good times that we become so accustomed too seem a distance away.
Against Swansea that day, it epitomised Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign. A late goal to seal the win and a trophy to follow – Manchester United were the Champions of England again and for a record 20th time.
It’s something a lot of us probably took for granted, especially those my age who knew nothing but success and it’s why I look back at that day with fond memories.
And eh, even if we never win anything again, we’ve had memories that most clubs’ fans wouldn’t get in a lifetime!