Travel: The journey to Old Trafford is one that many people make in order to see Manchester United in Premier League action. The address you’re heading for is Old Trafford Stadium, Sir Matt Busby Way, M16 0RA, Manchester and it requires drivers to take a route along a number of motorways and you can fill up with Castrol Magnatec Oil or Castrol GT before you set off or at a number of service stations along the way.
From the South: When exiting North London your first task is to merge onto the M1 at Watford and begin the first stretch of your journey. There are a few service stations along this stretch of the M1 including ones at Toddington between J11 and J12 and Northampton at J15a where you can tuck into a spot of breakfast. Then at junction 19 of the M1 you need to exit onto M6 towards Coventry as you enter the Midlands. There are a number of services along this stretch of the M6 including ones at Keele between J15 and J16 and Knutsford between J18 and J19, which you can visit if you need to fill up with fill up with Castrol Magnatec Oil or Castrol GT or have a toilet break.
You have now covered most of the distance but need to make your way into Manchester and will need to leave the M6 at Junction 19, just after the Knutsford services, and take the A556 in the direction of Manchester Airport. Then continue onto the M56 to Manchester, passing the Airport, and follow the signs to the M60 (Leeds/Liverpool). Leave the M60 at Junction 7 (A56 Chester Road) and follow the signs for Manchester United onto Sir Matt Busby Way.
Parking: Car parking is limited near Old Trafford, but there are a number of car parks in the vicinity of the stadium for a fee. For secure parking, try the Official Manchester United Car Parks which surround the stadium or the Official Match Day Car Parks to the south of the stadium, including the Centrica Building, Lancashire County Cricket Club and Trafford Town Hall. Old Trafford Cricket Ground costs £5, while Salford Quays Lowry Mall, which is another option, is a ten minute walk away from the stadium and costs £3.
Pubs: If you’re looking to meet up with fellow fans in a local pub it is worth bearing in mind that the three pubs nearest the ground, The Trafford, Sam Platts and The Bishops Blaize, generally won’t let you in if you wear away colours. The Quadrant pub, which is a 15 minute walk away in the direction of the cricket ground is a good option. The Bridge at Sale, which is 2 stops from Old Trafford on the Metro is another choice open to you. If neither of these take your fancy head to the Manchester United Stadium Guide for more options.
The Match Experience: You can pick up the Official Programme – United Review for £3, while the Red News Fanzine also contains all the latest Manchester United news. In addition to programmes, there are a few stalls where you can buy football shirts and memorabilia. To find out exactly where you’re sitting visit the Manchester United Stadium Guide to see an Old Trafford ground plan. Within Old Trafford you can tuck into the usual footy grub, with beer available to wash your pie down!
After the Match: Once the 90 minutes are up the area around Old Trafford is really busy as you’d expect so it is worth staying for a while to avoid congestion. You can either visit one of the pubs identified or If you do have to make a fairly sharp departure be prepared to sit in a few traffic jams on your way back down South along the M6 and M1 into London, once again visiting the service stations along the route to take regular breaks and fill up with fill up with Castrol Magnatec Oil or Castrol GT.
When you make it home you can see how players’ performance matches up with the Castrol Index.