I am a true blue living in Bolton for over 20 yrs, I took my Welsh partner (wont dwell on that) and my 18 yr old son, we had a fantastic day, unbelievable, talking to everyone, singing, dancing - like the Mardi Gras.
Honestly, as a middle aged woman who does not condone violence & this attack upset me, but Manchester was not ready, even down to their being enough buckets, my partner was amazed at the rangers fans - they were putting all their empties either in corner or against walls, all the buckets were full - not surprised there was so much mess on streets.
why didnt they open Old Trafford say, which could have coped with the volume of supporters & they would have been containted, but to cram as many fans into Piccadilly Gdns, the screen didnt work, fans tried to get out to watch the game, couldnt -- pushed back and attacked - unbelievable - the whole thing shocks me! apart from this attack on this policeman which was terrible all other pics etc - the aggressors were the Police - we were there - riot Police egging Rangers fans on to attack them, dogs being let loose - Manchester panicked guys!!! Look at Rangers fans in Europe any trouble - no - 45 arrests in Manchester -- out of how many - was it nearly 250,000 - is that not a normal weekend game at United!!!!!!
I hope this Policeman is ok, it was terrible but please do not hold this against the fans - were these all Rangers fans!!!!!!!!!!!
We had an unbelievable day, one ill never forget, for all the right reasons, apart from the score!!!!!!!