Meet The Red Army: ‘Dips’

Well-known United fan 'Dips' shares her stories of following the Reds home and away.
Dips   |  29th October 2018

Name:

Everyone calls me Dips.

Occupation:

Paper shuffler 9-5 mon-fri and Professional gin drinker at the weekends.

Where do you sit at Old Trafford?

Stretford End

Why United:

Easy… because of my dad. You always support the team your dad supports.

First United game?

My first game was in 1992 v Coventry City. My dad never used to take me to games, always took my brothers instead (my my how things change!) but that game was on my birthday. We won 5-0. Giggs, Hughes, Cantona, Sharpe and Irwin all scored…. What a day!

Favourite United playerPast and present

Past – so many to choose from but for me it will always be Eric Cantona. The swagger of that man who could back it up with his unreal talent. The collars upturned. The frown. I loved him. I still do. I always will.

Present – mmm difficult one. In the current squad it would have to be David De Gea. He has been immense for us and I’m surprised that he has been here as long as he has with Madrid knocking on the door for him every season. Glad that fax machine packed up when it did!

All time United XI?

I hate this question… so difficult to pick 11 players from our wonderful teams over the years…. But if I had to it would be Schmeichel, Neville, Rio, Stam, Irwin, Ronaldo, Scholes, Keane, Giggs, Cantona, Rooney.

If you could sign one player right now who and why?

Neymar. Just because it would piss everyone off.

Highlight as a Red?

99 of course like every other red however a few special ones for me personally were:-

2008 Semi Final at home v Barcelona. We lost a good friend two weeks before who was a huge red and I knew we would do it for him. When Scholes scored the goal that took us to Moscow I had goosebumps.

Stockholm 2017 – The final piece of the jigsaw. Watching our team lift every trophy there is to lift was a wonderful moment.

CL semi final v Arsenal in 2009 – one of the biggest piss ups ever. What an away end that was. We were still celebrating Park’s goal when Ronaldo scored.

Last minute Macheda goal v Aston Villa at home – one of the biggest goonages in Stretford end. Still have a scar on my leg.

Rooney’s debut v Fenerbache because we could all feel it was the start of something special. The place was buzzing. We had been in the pub from midday.

Way too many to pick just one.

To be fair, a lot of my highlights are to do with being at the games with my pals drinking all day. Sometimes the football just gets in the way hahaha.

Worst moment?

So many of them……..A few of those over the years: – when Porto’s Costinha scored the last-minute equaliser against us in 2004 after Scholes’ goal was wrongly ruled offside.  when we lost 6-1 to the Berties at home in 2011 and in recent times it would be the Sevilla game. Appointing David Moyes after SAF retired, LVG Era towards the end……. You learn to block out these memories.

If you could go back in time to one United game what would it be and why?

Rotterdam 1991. So many people go on about this being one of the best games of their lives and atmosphere. I was far too young to go at the time.

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Worst ground to visit and why?

A few of them….all for different reasons.

Roma away 2007 was a bit ropey. Glad I didn’t get a baton round the back of my head!

Reading – I got stuck in a muddy car park for about 2 hours after the game. Pissed me off.

Huddersfield away last season… got absolutely SOAKED through to the skin after losing. Depressing.

Palace – Shit view from the away end and a mission to get to. However last season was an absolute cracker and worth the grief.

West Ham – both old and new stadium.

Best ground and why?

Villa Park (good memories) Fulham (One of the best aways)

Where will United finish this season? 

We will just about scrape the top 6 at this rate.

Jose in or out and why?

In at the moment. I can’t see how changing manager mid-season will benefit us right now. He has shown the most improvement during the post SAF era. We all know It’s a results-based industry and the table doesn’t lie. We should be challenging for the title and we are so far off the pace at the moment.  However, as soon as it gets mathematically impossible to get into the top 4 I think his head will roll. Who comes in? I don’t know. It’s a shame it isn’t working out. Can’t help but feel it’s the right job for him but just at the wrong time.

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