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It took the late intervention of a very enthusiastic looking United number 10 to snatch victory from the jaws of mediocrity.

After coming on as a late substitute and giving his side just the sort of the shot-in-the-arm they needed to win a desperately poor FA Cup tie at Villa Park, Wayne Rooney heaped praise on Man United's travelling fans, 7000 of whom made the trip.

Possibly stung by Alex Ferguson's comments about the lack of noise at Old Trafford last week, the Reds faithful turned up the volume levels and kept the faith throughout.

"It's a fantastic effort from the fans", said a relieved Rooney who felt that the fans vocal support towards the end of the second half played a crucial part in Man United notching up their 11th straight victory at Villa Park.

"Some teams struggle to fill the away end...but we've filled it again", he added.

Rooney, along with everyone else who watched the match, felt that it was heading for a goal-less draw and an unwelcome replay for Alex Ferguson before Cristiano Renaldo's opportunistic 81st minute strike.

"We knew then the game would open up a bit for a few more chances."

And, needless to say, it was Rooney himself who ended the game as a contest with United's second goal a minute before full-time.

And scoring has clearly helped the frequently sidelined striker feel as if he is now, finally, getting back on track.

"Hopefully we can go all the way this time", he smiled, "it's a boyhood dream of mine to win the FA Cup."
 

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Never mind what Rooney etc etc felt......

The first thing everyone on here said watching the game on the TV or internet said.....

Was.....

What a brilliant support from the crowd !!

It was amazing for sure......

Poor Villa fans tried but we couldn't hear them ;)
 
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I have a friend who supports Everton and he always says that when we visit Goodison we're louder than any other away fans, we do have the best away fans in the league, it's just the home crowd that's the probem with too many businessmen and tourists etc. Apart from European nights and the noise gets cranked up a bit.
 

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it's nice to hear this. Hope that at the game with Newcastle, it's gonna be hell for them, and not only...for the rest of the teams that travel to old Trafford, cause they have to see that that at Old Trafford Man Utd are unstopable
 

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the man loves us , lets rip it up at home for the rest of the season and next , the players will respond like rooney did at villa
 

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we hav to be fired up in the newcastle game....and the fans will be a major part of the win which we will surely get........
 

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The fans were absolute quality, singing the whole way through.
Thats what real support is.
7000 make twice as much noise as 75000 doesnt make much sense but thats what happened.
The away fans are the real deal and it just goes to show the type of fan that frequents OT.
 

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Jazz 16 said:
The fans were absolute quality, singing the whole way through.
Thats what real support is.
7000 make twice as much noise as 75000 doesnt make much sense but thats what happened.
The away fans are the real deal and it just goes to show the type of fan that frequents OT.
I am humbled by their dedication. Not funny to travel and follow wherever the team plays.:eek:
 

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Yeah the crowd were excellant, i can't remember any point in the game where i couldn't hear them?

Credit to the fans that travelled to Villa and made that noise cause to be fair they didnt have all that much to shout about until Rooney came on but that didn't stop them at all ;)
 

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Apparently the Villa fans were singing 'Even Fergie thinks you're s***' to the travelling support at the start of the game but they certainly responded.

You could clearly hear them throughout the game (I'm surprised the BBC didn't try to beep some of it out :D )
 
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