Hull away at the weekend topped off a great August and a great start to the season for everyone involved with United, the players, the manager and of course us fans. We started by winning the Charity (Community) Shield before picking up three straight victories in the league, well just, thanks to Rashford’s last-minute winner on Saturday. I didn’t get to Wembley for the win over Leicester City due to other commitments, but since then I’ve managed to get tickets for both away games and so have been to all three of our victories so far.
Going into the game under temporary manager Mike Phelan, Hull had been getting results and wins themselves in August. With a very poor squad with lack of numbers in it, they’d won both their opening Premier League games along with an away EFL cup win at Exeter City. Going into the game then, both teams were after their fourth straight win of the season so far, so maybe a draw might have been the obvious result. It nearly was as well until substitute Marcus Rashford tapped in a right footed shot from very close range after Rooney had done some great work down the left hand-side to find him in the middle.
The away end went mental and rightfully so, yes we’d only beaten Hull but it shouldn’t matter who you are or who you playing. If you can’t go mental and celebrate a last-minute winner you might as well not bother going to games. Getting the win made the trip a little better but to be honest United away days are always great.
I’ve been to Hull a few times now and it’s always a good day out. We usually go in the New Walton Social Club for a few beers beforehand, unfortunately on this occasion we couldn’t get it as it was already packed full of Hull FC Rugby fans. They were all in there already to watch their team play Warrington in the Challenge Cup Final. We had a quick walk around but couldn’t find another pub close by or open so we gave up and headed to the ground.
After quick hello to United fan and boxer Anthony Crolla we met a few other United fans near where the coaches had parked up whilst we waited to get into the ground. It finally opened up an hour before kick off so we got in there and had a few pints of Guinness, I know!! Guinness at a football ground. They weren’t serving at half-time so it was a few hours later until we had some more beer, but they were just quiet ones to celebrate our victory.
Next up the small matter of the Manchester derby. I won’t be there for that though, I fly out to Ibiza next week so will be watching the game in a bar in the sun hopefully.