We thought it might be a good omen. As were setting off from Norton at 8.45 a figure walked past us, his dog a yard or two behind
Good morning Mr Edwards,’ said I. ‘Good morning,’ replied Keith. But no, we learned that seeing former United greats on the morning of a match does not guarantee a United victory in the afternoon.
What we also learned was that it is quite easy for an opposing team to stymie United’s preference for passing the ball out carefully from the back. It was obvious from the first goal kick. As Neill Collins and Harry Maguire stood just outside the penalty area for a short one from George, Clayton Donaldson and Will Grigg went to stand next to them. George had to kick it long.
Every subsequent time that Collins and Maguire tried to bring the ball out or pass it through midfield Donaldson and Grigg pressured them into a hurried pass or a longer clearance. It’s easy at home when the opposition stands off, but away against a decent team it didn’t work. Good homework by Uwe Rosler, whose team seems sure to be near the top at the end of the season.
Keith Edwards wasn’t the only celebrity we spoke to on Saturday. As we walked across Kew Bridge at the same pace as the queuing traffic, a man in an open-top sports car was listening to the Test Match. ‘What’s the score?’ I shouted. ‘Eighty-odd for four,’ he answered. ‘Can you give us some commentary as we’re walking?’ I asked. ‘I’d give you a lift if I could fit you all in,’ he said. He must have realised we were going to the match. So was he. It was Greg Dyke, chairman of both the FA and Brentford.