It was evident in the players’ performance that they felt that backing too. Every successful tackle, duel and block was roared, and it feels very much like the only near silences were in the split seconds between the enthused ‘go on’ and celebratory shouts for United’s two goals.
The waves of noise were constant, and while the atmosphere alone cannot win you the points, it can spur the players a long way towards doing so.
That electricity left me with a spring in my step as I made my way out to the surrounding streets around Old Trafford. After a difficult start to the season, I now felt optimistic, sensing this was something for everyone involved to build upon.