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Old Trafford: Not like any other love

Sir Bobby Charlton, arguably the Manchester United player, famously nicknamed it ‘the Theatre of Dreams’.

One former journalist was fond of referring to it as ‘The Shrine’, a place ‘where supplicants gather to share their faith'.

An oft-heard refrain among die-hard supporters is that Old Trafford is ‘their second home’.

But it might be something even more remarkable than that. After all, most of us move homes. Old Trafford cradles many from childhood to their final days.

I was eight when I first attended a match here, and it absolutely floored me. Stunned me.