Uniting fans globally
Watching the Reds in action is always special, but the winners of Turkish Airlines’ Uniting Fans Globally competition were treated to a truly memorable experience last weekend.
Flown in by Europe’s best airline, from destinations all around the world – including locations as far-flung as Hong Kong, South Africa and Singapore – the supporters arrived in Manchester on Thursday 23 August, two days before the first home game of 2012/13.
First stop was Old Trafford, where the group was treated to a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the iconic stadium, an experience that included extended stops in the players’ dressing room and dug-out, as well as access to the club’s award-winning museum.
On Friday morning the winners travelled to Carrington where they were given the rare opportunity of watching the first-team being put through their paces by Sir Alex Ferguson.
Lunch at the Red Cafe and a visit to some of Manchester’s other impressive sights followed, before the lucky supporters were treated to dinner in one of the city’s finest restaurants.
But the real highlight of the trip arrived on Saturday, when the group witnessed United’s thrilling 3-2 win over Fulham from some of the best seats in Old Trafford’s East Stand. It was the perfect way to cap an incredible few days and an experience one winner described as “a dream come true”.
“I’ll never forget this journey,” Malaysian fan Andrea Goh said. “It’s wonderful how all of us share a similar dream and love for Manchester United, despite our different cultures and ages.
“This experience will always have a special place in our hearts and I want to say a big thank you to Turkish Airlines and Manchester United for granting my lifelong wish to watch the Red Devils play.”
Farah Kashwa, who lives in Egypt, was equally thrilled by the trip.
“It was my first time in Manchester and at Old Trafford and I loved every moment of it. Meeting the players was like a dream come true and I think I’m still trying to process everything we saw at Carrington. On our way to the training ground I kept thinking: ‘Is this really happening? Am I really here?’
“Sometimes the most ordinary things can be made extraordinary simply by doing them with the right people. Thank you to everyone who made my dream a reality.”
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