Deep into the second half of their first Champions League game of the season, Manchester United’s big summer signing, Robin van Persie, heads across to take a corner kick.
It’s a big game in Old Trafford, a big season. The two key failures of last year – crashing out of the Champions League at the group stage and losing the title to Manchester City of all teams – have combined to make the current edition of the English top tier a critical one in the clubs history. This has to be considered a big, big year for the Old Trafford faithful, a time to really get behind the team and help drive them on. Here, especially, as Manchester United defend a one goal lead over the hard fighting Turkish champions, and seek to kill the game off with a second goal, to break out of what has been a somewhat disappointing show of form.
As Robin Van Persie takes his corner kick, he does so to a chorus of boos and jeers. They come from the visiting fans.
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