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VIEW FROM THE STANDS: RoM Winner On Schalke Game

RoM gave away two tickets to the Champions League semi-final to Mike Parkinson from Ashton under Lyne.

The experience of going to watch United is the same every time. You get yourself to Stretford, walk down the Warwick Road and enter Old Trafford to see the reds.

The good weather made it a warm balmy night so good for football. The walk to the ground soundtracked by songs for the reds and laughing and talking. It was in contrast to those cold nights in winter when only the warmth of the edifice and light of Old Trafford is able to lift chins in an upwardly direction out of their scarves.

The fanzine sellers, now sold at £2, unlike the day when they were 50p and drawn by hand, badge men and burger stalls have all changed but still make me feel like I’m 10 again.

When you get inside its no different but I still smile when I see the green of the pitch and hear the crowd.

After some trouble from a few of the German ultras (most fans behaved impeccably) who decided they were going to make themselves heard, and kick the stewards, the Stretford End decided to sing songs from players of old. Keano, Ronaldo, Solskjaer, Stam, Cole, Robson and Butt were paid tribute as their names rang inside Old Trafford one more time.

After the display in Germany last week, where United looked confident and were only held back by the heroics of Neuer, on Wednesday, United looked a little edgy until the first goal. It was a lovely through ball from Gibson in to the path of Valencia, who yet again had a big impact. Pressure off and a half chance from Gibson bounced off Neuer and in to the net a few minutes later, prodding United fans into life as the Shalke ultras attempted to show they were not just here to see United.

Second half showed a much calmer display of attack and with Rafael off for Evra, United moved up a gear, playing much more like the away leg 1st half in Germany.

Better pressing gave Anderson the chance to get forward and prove what he’s worth with an assist from Berbatov for his second. It could have been more but for some dodgy decisions on the line, particularly against Michael Owen, late in the half.

So, we got the result and have booked a place at Wembly on the 28th against Barcalona (again). Our third final in four years. It took Matt Busby and Jimmy Murphy ten long years to build a team that was capable of winning the European Cup after Munich. As we go to our third in four years it becomes paramount to make this game counts. Get stuck in lads!

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About Scott

Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. [OPTI]Madschester United says:


  2. TonyBee says:

    ooohhhh you sad bastard…. saying first…tsk tsk

  3. Kings says:

    Enjoyed reading that. Nice one.

  4. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Get Stuck IN!!!!!!!!

    Yeah mate! Great night of footie! Well said about Mickey’s offside call. Think it was down to the lad behind him, though I don’t recall who it was. Would have loved to see MO or Berbatov score. Thought Neuer was way off his game to be honest.

  5. parryheid says:


    These Ultra’s you mention,from where I was sitting I saw a lot of smoke and stewards activity but could only see a couple of rows where the Schalke fans were seated although Five or Six rows down from me there were a few of their fans celebrating the goal they got. Was there some fighting or what?

  6. redevil_83 says:

    you lads look at the new united jersey courtesy our very own ‘redscot’

    looks coooll with that blk/white striped collar retro

  7. willierednut says:

    It’s nothing to do with RedScot, he’s just commenting lol. Nice top.

  8. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Can someone explain to me why we CSKA Landon are said to be favorites on the weekend. Didn’t we just handle them nicely home and away in the CL. Someone was saying the key for them was Obi Mickel. If that is so, you can put your money down on the Reds right now. He has been well off for some time. Never really on in my view. So glad he went to the chavs. A cool 10M to us as well! Bring on the blu2shows. could ah won the cup…….Viva John terr………..

  9. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Gaurav but steks agent is quoted this morning on Sky as saying there are no bids. So who knows mate. The story is that somebody heard that somebody else heard that his mates bird heard Steel say that Steks was a done deal. There you ave it.

  10. Twisted Fatboy says:

    at 21 stone I’d probably have to mortgage the kids to afford enough material to put together a United shirt for me. Then it would be so tight I’b be better suited the pages of a “special interest” website.

    Think the last kit that didn’t look like a wet suit on me was the black one….. with a bit of yellow…. that was a while a go…..

    Tell you what, when the Glazzers piss off, I’ll crack open the Mr Motivator DVD and tone up before a walk down Busby way to pick up a nice Red top…… probably still XXXL, lets not get carried away.

  11. T4M says:

    C’Mon United!

  12. Gaurav says:

    FletchTHEMAN : I figured. Chinese whispers! I generally trust Sky and BBC. All others are sham (correct me if I am wrong).

  13. King Eric says:

    Twisted fatboy. Funny post pal.

    Good write up Mike. What is your moniker on here?

    Fletch. Hello mate. Even better. We got twelve million for that lump Mikel.

  14. mikeyplatinum says:

    Thanks for your comments and scotts editing. Didn’t have one till today and in answer to the question over ultras, they unfurled their colours just before the fighting. I haven’t seen it but I’m told ITV skirted over that part during the programme. Will set up a user mikeyplatinum.

  15. ryder91 says:

    off topic, anybody heared about ravel morrison?? Last i heared is he’s going to court again for assualting his girlfriend. could be sent down. pisses me off why the lad cant keep his head down.

  16. Ralphie Milne Ultras says:

    Was stood underneath tier 2 east stand when it kicked off, the stewards went in to remove the fans who lit flares and a load of schalke fans covered up and laid into them. The stewards shit it and ran off, leaving the schalke fans to get themselves all worked up for a scrap and eventually nothing happened. The stupid fuckers soon shut up after ando scored.


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