Originally Posted by Joel
If it wasn't for Nani it could have been Leeds vs United
I know you always look out for that away tie, Segunda.
I will have no one criticise FUTURE ENGLAND CAPTAIN SCOTT WOOTTON!
Eh, its always a great tie but we've had them home and away in the past 4 seasons. I'd have sooner had Bradford away (not played them in over a decade and Valley Parade is a top old school ground, especially the away end behind the goal). Would have had a good allocation, cheap prices and only the more devoted and hardcore United would have gone to it. Leeds is one of those ties where your casual fan probably isn't arsed for fear of getting a kicking, but at the same time its definitely got the potential to attract some utter weapons who want to 'experience the atmosphere' and proceed to video the match on Youtube. Fuckers.
Villa would have also been an ideal away, if only because it used to be a top away with the old away end behind the goal being a class end and loads of hardcore United always getting tickets. Plus we always seemed to play them in the December timeframe where our support gets really excellent, i.e 12 days of Cantona song. Minute they moved the away end to the side stand and started making the prices dearer and dearer its progressively lost its allure as one of the best aways of the season. At least in the cup we'd of had a better allocation and they'd have made it cheaper. Think the last time we had them away in the cup it was in 07/08 when we had around 7000 in the ground and its one of the best atmosphere United have ever produced post 2000 at an away ground.
Middlesbrough away could also have been good, but they're notoriously shit with us when it comes to tickets. They hate our persistant standing and always seemed to try their best to get United to sit. Indeed I remember a cup game back in 2004 or 2005 where we only got around 1100 tickets due to our persistant standing, with the belief they'd be able to patrol United better and get them to sit. All 1100 United stood and the half empty ground proved how stupid they were to not give United 5000 more tickets and get more revenue.