What a fantastic opportunity for 32 members of the Tirlebrook School community as we visited Old Trafford, home of arguably the most famous football club in the world, for the Premier League match between Manchester United and Burnley. After a tortuous journey to Manchester, we thoroughly enjoyed taking in the sights, sounds, smells and atmosphere of an elite football match, alongside 70,000 others. One of the gang even got up close and personal with the friendly Greater Manchester police! For many, it will be the only time that they visit Old Trafford in their lives, and we hope that it will be an experience that always stays with them. Millions of pounds worth of talent was on display including Wayne Rooney, Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Robin Van Persie, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and David De Gea, to name just a few. Following Manchester United's 3-1 victory, which we saw in its entirety from our magnificent seats in the East Stand, the long and arduous journey home began. I finally reached my bed at 2:30 a.m. Oh well, it's back to school in just over four hours!!
We're here! Fought the traffic and sat down having missed the first two minutes of the game. Amazing seats and an amazing experience. Currently 1-1 (Smalling opened the scoring having come on as an early substitute only for Ings to smash in an equaliser) but it is all Burnley at the moment!
United deliver a sucker punch just before half time. Burnley have been the better team, but it is United who lead 2-1 thanks once more to Chris Smalling. Half time: Manchester United 2 Burnley 1.
Manchester United are comfortable in this second half although they certainly are not at their fluent best. Di Maria has been the stand out performer on the night for United. You can't help but feel sorry for Burnley who have played brilliantly as a whole team!
PENALTY to United. Van Persie knocks it in and surely it is all over now.
FULL TIME - Manchester United 3 Burnley 1. Over and out!
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