Typical match day for Derren and Marcus, two die-hard United fans
7:00am: Derren is woken by his ‘Red Devils’ alarm clock - a good luck present from his mate Marcus on the opening day of the season. Wonders if Marcus is up yet
7:15am: takes a shower, uses the United face flannel Marcus bought him on his 23rd birthday. Takes care not to touch his genitals.
7:30am : breakfast, two boiled eggs...Derren smiles at the little ‘Red Devils’ egg-cosy Marcus gave him the day they beat Wigan 6-0 on Easter Sunday
8:00am: texts Marcus...’CU ltr m8...don’t forget to wear the lucky underpants I bought you last week’
9:15am: sets off to pick Marcus up....almost forgets to put on the matching ‘Red Devils’ seat covers him and Marcus use on match days
9:45am : Marcus is waiting at the door...high fives, hand shakes and hugs all round. Marcus says he’s really ‘up for it’ today
10:00am : Set off for Old Trafford...slow progress reaching the M25. The A3 link road closed at Kingston upon Thames...good job they set out early.
10:39am : Marcus has just come up with a new chant based around the chorus to Jessis J’s number one smash hit ‘Price Tag’
Derren reckons the lads in the Stretford End will be ‘well pleased’
10:45am : steady progress...M6 is clear
12:47pm : Pull off at the Knutford Services ...Marcus’s mum has made soup...fortunately there’s enough for two in the gigantic ‘Busby Babes’ thermos flask that Derren found for his best mate on eBay
1:35pm : pull into the NCP car park just off Stanley St...Yeeeesssss...their lucky parking bay is still available...more hugs and high fives
2:08pm : meet up in the Queen’s Head with some other UTD season ticket holders...it was raining when they left Essex and were relieved to see it had cleared up.
2:33pm : in the ground Marcus buys Derren a lucky pie
3:00pm : Kick off
3:01pm : ref awards Man Utd a penalty for handball....opposition goalkeeper is furious.
3:02pm : Utd go one up...hysteria, hugs, high fives and Marcus gets a peck on the cheek from Derren....those lucky underpants get slightly soiled but nobody cares. Utd are winning again.
To be continued.......