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The World is United

By Garry Cook

 

No other football club in the world can boast of so many fans from so many different countries.

 

For those living on the doorstep of Old Trafford it can be easy to forget this fact - that Manchester United are a unique world-wide phenomenon. You can put it down to Bobby Charlton or George Best, even Eric Cantona and David Beckham (and argue about just why the brand is so big indefinitely).

 

But what you can't deny is this club has global appeal. From midday until 4pm (kick-off was 4.10pm) I photographed fans arriving at the ground.

 

And to show just how global an attraction Manchester United is, this the list of nationalities I photographed. Almost all had travelled the UK especially for this game.

 

Old Colwyn, North Wales
Helsinki, Finland
Tyrone, Ireland
London
Wisbech, Cambridgershire
Bristol
Mexico City
Hong Kong
County Kildare, Ireland
Cork
Toronto
Oldham
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Thurrock, Essex
Kent
Plymouth
Kuwait
Gibraltar
Alesun, Norway
Salford
Mongolia
Tipperary, Ireland
Flixton
Malta
Oxford
Rugby
Czech Republic
Milton Keynes
Birmingham
Laois, Ireland
Dublin
Irlam
Warminster
Shropshire

 

 

 

 

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This game, which United won 2-1, virtually sealed the 2010-11 Premier League title for Sir Alex Fergsuon's men - the club's 19th league title.
 
Mexican Javier Hernandez struck after only 36 seconds. Captain Nemanja Vidic headed the second goal.