You can almost feel the excitement in the air around Manchester - after a brief summer break – I think mainly so that everyone involved can renegotiate their ever-expanding pay packets, and for a few players to switch clubs – the football season is back upon us!
Some people will greet that news with a shrug, but for others, it’s that weekends just got interesting again, they can pull on their favourite football shirt, and life begins again. This point of the year is the happiest for everyone: gone are the memories of painfully dull matches over Christmas, of dour nil-nils in the run in, and of crushing defeats in the various cup competitions.
Instead, there is optimism in the air, and the season opens out with infinite possibilities. There are new players to admire or criticise, new formations to hypothesise on, and new bragging rights up for grabs.
Of course, some football fans are hopelessly deluded, but Manchester is blessed in having two teams which are genuine title-contenders, and, being the home of England’s most successful club, can rightfully claim to be the capital of football in the UK.
Manchester United have had such success that they are now a globally renowned brand, with supporters all over the world, from Australia to Zanzibar. From my own personal travels, I have seen vociferous support for the reds in Ghana to Thailand, and everywhere in between.
Whilst present day success is part of the appeal, it is also the truly magnificent history of the club which makes them compelling to support, discuss, and get passionate about. From their humble beginnings as Newton Heath in 1878, the potential bankcruptcy and salvation in the 1920’s, Munich and the Busby babes, and, of course Sir Alex, Cantona and the treble-winners. And of course, Old Trafford is steeped in nostalgia.
What better way then, to spend a day, than to visit Old Trafford for a tour of the United stadium, including access to the United museum, where you can find out more – and see souvenirs from – the greatest stories of yesteryear.
Stadium tours run every day, and CityCard holders can get up to 25% discount on admission fees. Read more about the offer HERE
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