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Match going United fan Simon Wood speaks to us about some of his memories following the Reds.

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Name Simon Wood

Where do you sit at Old Trafford – Stretford End

Why United – United since birth, born into a family of Reds, as simple as that.Tell us about your first United game – It all started with games on my old mans shoulders in the old Stretford End as a child, but the first one i have any recollection of was a Christmas present, tickets for Coventry at home in 1995 just after the new year, goals from Scholes and Eric, see us to a comfortable 2-0 win.

Favourite players

Past – Giggsy, what can I say, my idol.

Present – Lingard, grafter, living his dream, gives his all and is supremely talented and gets better every week, big game player and big game goal scorer.

What’s your all-time United XI – Van Der Sar – G. Neville, Ferdinand, Stam, Irwin – Ronaldo, Scholes, Keane, Giggs – Van Nistelrooy, Rooney.

Which current player would you have at United and why?  – Harry Kane, without a shadow of doubt, his world class, we have a great number nine at the club, but I believe Kane is made for a club like United and our number 10 shirt, imagine him and Lukaku together up top, Lukaku bulling the defenders and opening up room for Kane to run riot and the lad is absolutely lethal in front of goal, when he sees the white of the nets. He can score any type of goal. I think we’d win so much with Kane and Lukaku up top.

What’s been your highlight as a Red – Aside from the blindingly obvious being 1999 and that final ten days, as a child watching that unfold was incredible! Being lay on my living floor in floods of tears as the European cup final entered stoppage time and then, well!! As they say “the rest as they say is history”…

But as a match going Red, the Europa League campaign of 2017 is up there for me and beats Moscow in 2008, the trip to the final was absolutely brilliant, the trips to the away games and the traveling, planes, trains and boats, was absolutely brilliant and some of the places we got to go too, we normally wouldn’t get to go to them in the Champions League and with all your best mates, it was absolutely brilliant, some fantastic memories made.

Worst moment – It’s not so much a moment for me, it’s more “that” 2011-12 season, the humiliation in our own back yard against City (no need to say anymore), the performance away at Wigan, surrendering that lead against Everton at home again to draw 4-4. Losing at the Etihad and then the final day and losing it that way to that mob across town, still a goal I always try and avoid. That season was hard to swallow.

If you could revisit any game which one and why – For me, it’d have to the FA Cup third round match against Villa in 2002 at Villa Park, my Dad got two tickets off a work mate who was on holiday at the time, we drove to Birmingham for the Sunday night match, a pretty dull first half from memory, but two early second half goals have us 2-0 down and a life line from Ole, then on came Ruud for his first ever FA Cup game as a red, just remember him smashing the equaliser into the roof of the net, we were stood just to the left of the net and the United end just erupted, there were fans everywhere and all over the pitch and then the winner, I think some were already on the pitch as he rounded that cart wheeling c**t and made it 3-2, it was brilliant, as a 15 year old lad, with your Dad at a match like that, going mad, it was everything, a moment with my Dad at a match. I’ll cherish forever.

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What’s the worst ground you’ve been to? – For me it’s the new Wembley, I just hate the place, the design, it’s nothing like the old Wembley, it’s lost that special feeling now, that feeling you used to get from a showpiece final and going to Wembley was special, it’s not like that anymore and the semi finals being there is a farce, it’s also so hard to create an atmosphere inside, it just doesn’t feel like Wembley for me anymore. But West Ham’s new London Stadium is fast becoming my most hated ground too, that just isn’t a football ground, if you’ve been, you’ll know.

The best ground you’ve been to? – It’s a tough one, would love to see Cardiff’s, Millennium Stadium used again, that place is brilliant, boozers all round the ground too! But my favourite league ground to visit is Fulham’s Craven Cottage, its a belter of an away day! Good long trip on the bus with the lads and some quality boozers around the ground.

How do you think United will fare this season – I think we’ll finish second and close that gap on City! Hopefully another cup run with a final win this time around and a third place finish in our Champions League group would see another Europa League adventure, that would be sound.

José IN – absolutely the right man for United, no other manager could be doing a better job for the club, with this current squad and the situation and board room level, the first manager to challenge the parasites at the top of the club! He’s got to now be backed to the hilt by the board! I believe he and the team have turned a corner this last few weeks and we are seeing glimpses of the old Box Office Mourinho, the players are behind him and fighting for him and the club, his press conferences, the way he’s handle numerous situations lately, has drawn him a lot of love from the most sensible United fans! He’s got to be backed, given what he wants, when he wants! I believe he’ll get us back to the top and he’ll bring our trophy home.

Your tip for the season? – Romelu Lukaku Premier League top scorer  –9.00 with RedArmyBet 

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