Aside from seeing memorable footballing moments, the best part of following United away from home – whether in England or Europe – is seeing the same people week in, week out. It’s the little nods across a crowded room, the quick hello en route to the toilet, the shared pint with someone you consider a mate but whose name you’ve never found out.

“That’s exactly it,” Dips said.

“It’s people you see week in, week out and everyone is just desperate to get back into it again properly.

“My little boy [Ryan] was absolutely buzzing because he hadn’t been for a while, he was so excited. He said, ‘Mummy, I don’t think I remember the words’ and next thing you know he’s singing along, singing away, absolutely loving it.

“He was just excited to be back in the stadium after all this time. It’s a long time. He’s 10 years old, so that’s a tenth of his life waiting to get back into a stadium again. I love it because he buzzes off it – he loves United, adores it. He was in his element.”

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