Why the Brentford game will be so special

Of course, some fans were in attendance for the Fulham game towards the end of last season, but that was a crowd restricted to around 10,000. The Brentford game (28 July, kick-off 20:00 BST) will see a much bigger attendance and, more importantly, another huge step towards what we hope will soon be ‘normality’ for M16.

 

Whatever your views on friendlies, the visit of the Bees will be a special occasion. 

 

It’s about watching United and seeing the team up close again, obviously. But because I’ve not been to Old Trafford for a regular match for so many months – after decades of going to every home game – this will be more akin to having part of my soul and identity popped back into place. Thousands more will feel pretty much the same.

 

It’s not just about what score the game is, or how United have played. It’s about ritual, about community, about history.

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