This weekend we’re playing Huddersfield Town away from home at the John Smith’s Stadium. I’m so pleased because the other week I got the confirmation from Manchester United that I would be there too: “A random ballot has taken place and we are pleased to inform you that your application has been successful. The cost of your ticket is £30 and has been charged to the card details provided in the original application. A total of 9,689 tickets were applied for, but we only received an allocation of 2,324 tickets from Huddersfield Town.”
Thankfully I was one of those 2,324 and this will be a new ground for me to get to and a first new one since getting to both West Ham and Bournemouth with United last season. New grounds are few and far between these days with all the years I’ve been following United away from home so to get to this game this weekend is ace.
I knew we hadn’t played Huddersfield for a long time and I was sure it wasn’t it my life time and that is correct. I looked it up and the last time we played them was actually in March 1972 at Old Trafford when we won 2-0. Earlier on in the same season though we of course played them at their place at Leeds Road where they played from 1908 to 1994. The actual date was 9th October 1971 and we beat Huddersfield Town 3–0 but it was fantastic to see that our three goals came from our United Trinity of Best, Law and Charlton who all scored one goal each in front of the 33,458 crowd. I wonder if that is the last time all three of those legends scored in the same game together?
Thankfully I was able to find the above clip to see the three goals I was talking about above. As for this Saturday, it would be good to get back to our scoring and winning ways after our drab performance against Liverpool last weekend. As mentioned in my article ahead of the Anfield clash, I was convinced we’d be going there, getting at them and winning. It wasn’t to be though, but in Mourinho I trust. He had his game plan, which was to catch Liverpool out towards the end by the sounds of it. For however great it is to beat Liverpool at Anfield, nothing is worse than losing to them there. I’ve experienced that a few times and it’s never nice. I’ll take the point.
Anyway, before our visit to West Yorkshire, first up is Benfica tomorrow night in Lisbon, again at this stage with six points out of six so far a point in Portugal would be fine for me. Benfica have had a good home record in Europe over the years but strangely they’re having a bad start so far this season. They’ll there for be desperate to get a win tomorrow after having back to back defeats so far.