My first post on here after resisting for the last two days.
I am a United fan and only came on this thread because it was linked into a United forum.
Firstly lets clear things up (once again)
Tom Finney was a legend, a great player and one that English football can rightly be proud of.
The fact you applaud him is something only known to you. No idea if you do it every match, every anniversary or certain milestones?
Certainly we had no idea what you were applauding, nobody told us and we can't see the screen and there was no tannoy announcement pre match.
We were singing at the time although a good few stopped and joined in the clapping whilst shrugging their shoulders and shaking their heads. Me included. We didn't shout any abuse at that time or indeed during the whole of the match other than at the two or three fans making aeroplane gestures to our left (invincibles stand?)
Strangely the stewards only spoke to one youth about this but that was it and he carried on in the second half. Its wrong but we know that clubs can't be responsible for all their fans and we all have idiots. .
I didn't hear any Munich chants but to be honest we didn't hear much from your fans at all until you scored. Then there was one tremendously loud Preston chant which seemed to carry throughout the stadium followed by occasional bouts of chanting that were audible to us. That doesn't mean you weren't chanting or making a lot of noise
Many of your fans on here decry the noise coming from our end. That's fine. its not the Eurovision contest and most of those posters were in the end opposite us. The fans in the invincibles stand have, almost to a man, said we were very loud and sang all match which is pretty much what the TV pictures and audio showed. it seems to be more important to a few on here who are intent on making it an issue. Personally I thought we were pretty average as your team was playing so well and we were getting nervous and agitated at the thought of going out of the Cup.
As for United fans being cocky, glory hunters and used to success etc well that's a ridiculous assertion about all of us. United's away following has always had a huge percentage of old skool reds who have travelled the country/Europe since the days we were in the second division. In fact other than the treble season most of us will say that the second division season was the best times following United.
On Saturday we will take up our full allocation at Swansea as we do every single away match. We do it because we love United, just as you love Preston.
Most of us had a great time at Preston and pre match had a good laugh in the Sumners pub. Good lads in there and lovely friendly staff. I know there were a few problems in town but you can't have everything.
Don't want to sound patronising but your team played really well and gave us an almighty scare and you should rightly be proud of them. A couple of those decisions that went against you could have meant a different story altogether although Davies should have been sent off.
Good luck for the rest of the season.
Thanks for your balanced observations salford. Unfortunately in this area.....indeed as in many others, we have plastic United fans who don`t know the way to Deepdale never mind Old Trafford...hence the angst.
I was in the IP and you weren`t as loud as I expected...but then again I don`t know what I expected!
I went to watch Preston give their best and not to hear United sing...I got more than my monies worth even in defeat.
Our clubs have a fair bit of history...Charlton, Stiles, Becham, Dawson, Lawton etc etc.... so taking all the Rooney diving and plastic fans aside and actually getting down to the footy....some will want Arsenal to beat you but I don`t.....at least we can say we were knocked out by the winners if you lift the trophy.