Manchester United invited fans back for the first time since the pandemic halted football back in 2020 for their mid-week clash against Fulham.
Ever since March last year, football stopped and adapted in a way fans were no longer allowed inside stadiums to prevent infections. Clubs have been playing at empty stadiums to crowd noise added in during telecast for over a year.
However, fans flooded back in controlled numbers at Old Trafford today and Edinson Cavani made their visitation rather worthwhile with an incredible goal.
Early into the first half, David de Gea threw the ball into the midfield from where Bruno Fernandes released the striker with a single touch. Alphonse Areola was off his line which did not go unnoticed by Cavani who took a confident shot from what must have been over 40 yards away from goal.
For the first time in over a year, the home crowd erupted in celebration as the players ran over to their end to relish the goal.
On this special occasion, Twitter came up with some special reactions.
I’m not a United fan but to watch Cavani – who I love – score this utterly brilliant goal & then to see the fans going crazy in a stadium again to celebrate it is a beautiful thing. 👏👏👏 https://t.co/SuMThjxgIW
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 18, 2021
You invite fans back at Old Trafford. You need something special to say hello! You don’t need any singer or any special entertainment….you have Cavani and THAT goal. I love that type of goal… it’s arrogance, cleverness and coolness all in one
— Jan Aage Fjortoft 🏳️🌈 🇳🇴 (@JanAageFjortoft) May 18, 2021
Cavani then scored the Premier league goal of the season..!! pic.twitter.com/3bH2RMVlTr
— Troll Football (@TrollFootball) May 18, 2021
The perfect man, on the perfect stage, with a perfect goal.
El Matador, take a bow.
— Alternative MUFC Commentary. (@AlternativeMUFC) May 18, 2021
It is obviously a breath of fresh air to see the crowd cheer for the players again, but the boost this will have over the mentality of the players will be even bigger. After all, there is no home ‘advantage’ without the fans cheering the team on.
On the other hand, the job is not finished. United still have another half to go and will need to hold onto the slim lead they have earned through the Uruguayan.