Manchester United’s travelling supporters were all welcomed on arrival at Anfield with a personal letter from David Moyes.
The manager thanked United’s away fans for their support so far at Swansea and Chelsea and called for more of the same against Liverpool.
Moyes asked that the fans joined in the one minute applause to celebrate Bill Shankly’s birthday, which they did, and also asked for the gangways to be kept clear so that United’s away allocation wouldn’t be reduced again.
Touch of class from Manchester United today at Anfield, they were handing these out as we entered the ground. pic.twitter.com/JShNyhgDvR
— Kevin Ashford (@KevinAshford7) September 1, 2013
It was a great touch by Moyes to do that. Communication with fans is essential, especially on big occasions like matches against Liverpool, so his words would have no doubt had an effect on the fans. Unfortunately, it was in vein as Liverpool won 1-0 in a match where United were second best for a lot of it.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that the away fans have been given a letter at Anfield. Sir Alex Ferguson did the same thing back in 2012 in an attempt to cool tensions at the first game at Anfield since the Hillsborough report.