Leicester Tigers Away Day

It’s been another busy two weeks as our we try to compete on all four fronts still. In the last twelve days we’ve had three wins, scored eight, conceded none and a trip to a rugby ground. As things go, we’ve bounced back and found a bit of form again since our little mini-blip between the middle of January to the start of February, where we had one loss and a few draws.

All seems good again then and that could not come at a better time, as we have a three more crucial games coming up in three different cup competitions. With none of those games being at Old Trafford we’re on the road once again. First up Blackburn in the FA Cup, then Saint-Étienne in the Europa League before the ‘big one’ at Wembley for our League Cup final against Southampton and hopefully another trophy.

Zlatan with match ball after Saint-Étienne hat trick

The trip to France should be an easy enough tie now though, after crushing Saint-Étienne 3-0 last night in the first leg. Which will be absolutely key ahead of the cup final just four days later. Three goals from the man Zlatan has taken the pressure off ahead of the second leg but we did leave it slightly late to get the last two. Job done though.

To the main story of this particular blog then, the Premier League clash away to last seasons champions Leicester City. Who we easily dispatched 3-0 after two quick goals together just before half-time courtesy of Mkhitaryan (42) and Ibrahimović (44). Mata (49) completed the scoring just after half-time himself then.

It was a long old day though and one of the earliest starts I’ve ever done for a 4pm Sunday kick off. That’s right, we set off not long after 9am for the two-hour trip. It was all down to this new policy of every season ticket holder that received a ticket in the ballot having to collect their actual ticket in Leicester before kick off with proof of I.D. to be shown as well. This was all set-up at the Leicester Tigers rugby ground about fifteen minutes from the football ground and all to do with making sure tickets aren’t being passed onto others. Which is something I’ve never done.

Anyway, it was a fantastic day out, we landed in Leicester around midday, picked the tickets up with ease in around five minutes. Grabbed a bit to eat and then headed into town and found the Swan & Rushes pub. Obviously being four hours early it was quiet but as we left an hour and two pints later home fans were starting to come in. We had other plans though, we were off to the Local Hero pub, it was a home fans only pub but we were meeting a friend whose a Leicester fan and his mates. The pub was pretty packed but beers were easy to come by and so we had a few scoops and a laugh stood out there. When Leicester come to our place we normally meet up with them in the Quadrant pub.

Apart from a cracking display from United and away end was absolutely rocking, don’t get me wrong United away days normally are but with all the regular lads there cos they had to be it made it even better. Too many tickets go to corporate in my opinion, more so for your City, Chelsea, Arsenal and scousers away games which is not good at all.

Mata celebrates as he scores the third goal against Leicester City in front of us travelling fans

Mata was also on the score-sheet a few days later as well as we actually managed to get an easy victory at home for a change. This was 2-0 against Watford last Saturday, I’m glad we beat them after our dismal away displayed earlier on in the season. See you at Ewood Park!!

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