To be fair to Manchester, it was horrible weather and I was miserably ill for most of the trip. Having said that, it wasn't necessarily my favorite city ever. I could possibly be persuaded to go back; there were museums that I thought seemed interesting that I had to cut out of my trip due to being sick and wanting to get back home to Oxford ASAP. And by all means I'd return for some sporting events, hands down. But otherwise, I don't mind if I don't ever cross paths with Manchester again.
But let's start at the beginning, which indeed is a fabulous place to start, because I wasn't sick yet and that's when I saw the mother of all sporting shrines. Now, before we get to the major Old Trafford, the one everyone wants to see, I did pass another Old Trafford Stadium. I couldn't go inside this one, but it would be fun to visit for a match for sure!
I first stopped by the team store and picked up a couple items (sorry Ju, they didn't have any socks...) I booked a ticket for the stadium museum and tour, so I went through the museum first before the tour. It was actually pretty interesting and I learned quite a bit about the team. My favorite part though was the massive tribute room to David Beckham. They really get on these tribute things fast after people retire around here. I feel like both Beckham and Ferguson just retired a couple months ago, and now half of the stadium is devoted to either one of them. Also, just to clarify, I do not appreciate Beckham only because he is good looking. He is decent looking, but honestly he probably doesn't even rank in my top 10. And I actually did see him play live, and watched him score one of his infamous "Bending it like Beckham" goals (my video that I took: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vb4Tb2AaDd0) and even better, I saw him get red-carded after drop-kicking a ball straight at an opposing player's head from halfway across the pitch. If that isn't pure talent, I don't know what is.