As Brentford come to Manchester for our first Old Trafford match this late spring, it’s an ideal opportunity to glance back at a portion of our past well disposed experiences at the Theater of Dreams, kindness of United Review.
The most recent version of our matchday program is accessible to arrange now and will, obviously, be marked down external the ground on Wednesday night for those going to the match.
Friendlies at Old Trafford are more extraordinary than you may might suspect, the latest being Michael Carrick’s 2017 tribute. As United Review takes a gander at our set of experiences with pre-season and agreeable installations in the program, here are a portion of our number one stories.
Entomb (and Ince)
Joined played four friendlies against Internazionale during the 1990s, orchestrated as a component of the exchange that saw Paul Ince trade Manchester for Milan. In the second 1997 gathering with I Nerazzurri, a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, United ran out of outfield substitutes, leaving youthful goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington to come on direct for the last nine minutes, during which he verged on scoring with an overhead kick.
The King returns
After his shock 1997 relinquishment, Eric Cantona didn’t get back to Old Trafford until August 1998, shaping an European XI to take on United in the Munich Memorial Match, 40 years on from the misfortune. Blissful adulation from the 55,210 group welcomed the King on his return, and he appropriately reacted with an exciting independent objective in an engaging and insane 8-4 Reds win.
The most well-known Old Trafford friendlies are tributes, and Paul Scholes’ recognition game came after his first retirement in 2011. New York Cosmos came to town in August, with Pele and Cantona included, and Scholes opened the scoring in normal design, lashing a 30-yard drive past Brad Friedel. Scholes was supplanted in the second half by “promising young person” Paul Pogba and United oversaw five additional objectives, including a twofold from Mame Biram Diouf.
Few out of every odd ‘amicable’ satisfies its charging. In 2002, Boca Juniors came to Old Trafford and had striker Carlos Tevez shipped off, the future United player excused for an elbow on Scholes. “It got somewhat substantial now and again,” considered United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Denis Irwin’s tribute game against Manchester City in August 2000 was damaged by an early crunching, high test from George Weah, a knock that in the long run constrained the Irishman off following 37 minutes with a harmed left lower leg. Not the best festival of his decade at the club, albeit United dominated the game 2-0, Teddy Sheringham scoring a screamer before the Irwin episode.