Andy Mitten is the founder of the fanzine ëUnited We Standë, now in its 25th year. Having seen Manchester United play in 43 countries he has a wealth of away day stories, from Bilbao to that night in Barcelona. Here he recounts some of his more memorable trips with the travelling Red Army for Enterprise Rent-a-Carís online magazine.
A 1991 pre-season spent driving around Scandinavia in hire cars.
We were in Stavanger, southern Norway, and our next stop was somewhere called Molde. We knew it would be a drive. We didn’t know it would take 24 hours and include three car ferries, an icy mountain pass and spectacular vistas of fjords and forests. A crowd of little over 3,000 showed for a game which had the feel of a village fete.
Five years later, United fans became familiar with Molde when the club signed Ole Gunnar Solksjaer from there. We thought he looked like a sixth former; his new team mates thought he looked like a competition winner – and he did seal the treble against Bayern Munich three years later. By that time, little Molde had played football in the Champions League and Ole Gunnar returned there in 2012 to lift the title as manager. Bet he didn’t drive.
– head over to the Enterprise Magazine to read the other 11 away days – including that night in Camp Nou.