Have players and staff become more like fans during lockdown?

When we grab a crucial winner – as we did on Tuesday against Burnley – perhaps legends like Gary Neville or Fletcher could be excused for giving it the big’un. 

I’m not saying our former club captain was responsible, but there was undoubted noise. Solskjaer and co were miles away on the other side of the pitch!

Then again, cynics might suggest I’m merely covering my own back. As a season-ticket holder whose only avenue to watch the Reds in the flesh now is working in a media capacity, I’m privileged to be in the stadium for the odd game. But can I hold it together when we score a crucial winner that takes us top of the table? I’ll have to pass on that one and

“plead the fifth”

, as they say in the United States.

But without the Red Army present, I can say one thing with complete honesty: it gives me a different kind of special thrill to see the players, management and staff united, providing their own brand of support to give us whatever extra lift they can.

We supporters might be absent from stadiums as a collective, but our spirit remains very much alive and kicking.

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Women’s match preview: Chelsea v United

IS IT ON TV?

Yes, the match will be broadcast on BT Sport in the UK, with kick-off on Sunday set for 14:30 GMT. The highlights will be shown on MUTV from 19:00 GMT that evening.

FORM GUIDE

Both teams come into this game undefeated in the league. Since the 1-1 season opener between the two sides, United and Chelsea have only drawn once each in the league, winning all the rest of their respective fixtures. Both teams are on a three-match winning streak in the league.

United haven’t played in the WSL since before Christmas, when Stoney’s women put Bristol City to the sword in our 6-1 triumph, due to the postponement of our match against Everton.

Chelsea, on the other hand, beat Reading 5-0 away from home last weekend and will go into the meeting with United full of confidence.

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Why Rooney is one of United’s all-time greats

Undoubtedly one of our greatest-ever players, in 2017, Rooney ended his glorious spell here with 253 goals to his name, after 559 appearances.

His influence in refusing to accept defeat to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final of 2016, embarking on a determined, mazy run that led to Juan Mata’s equaliser, epitomised his sheer will to get his hands on a missing key piece of silverware in his collection.

By then, he had already won the Champions League and five Premier League titles.

Chuck in the FIFA Club World Cup in 2008, when he scored the winner in the final against Quito, three League Cups and, in his farewell United appearance, the Europa League, and it adds up to a stellar career.

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Defender’s loan deal extended

Elsewhere, goalkeeper Jacob Carney has joined Portadown FC on loan until the end of the season after ending his spell at Brighouse Town.

Everybody at United would like to wish Di’Shon and Jacob the best of luck this term as we follow their progress.

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Pogba: Beautiful things don’t come easy

Pogba is also fully aware that a battle lies ahead for the remainder of the season when it comes to the title race, but he insists the Reds are ready for what’s to come.

“Of course. We’re there but we know it’s going to be tough, very, very difficult. We know it. Beautiful things don’t come easy, so we know we’re going to have to get through this. We’re there and it’s going to be very hard. How much we want it, that’s the question because I think we can [do it].

Pressed on how much United want it, he declared: ”Very much, very much. It’s hard work, but we have to keep the focus and keep our heads and keep doing what we’ve been doing. The last game, winning like that, makes the difference I think.

“You never know in this league, it’s always very hard. I think we’ve been doing great with our results and performance, all of the team. It’s our focus. We know we can do it and we have to believe. Anything can happen.

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