Capacity crowds return for first Premier League Saturday of 2021-22 season

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Manchester United fans couldn't have asked for a better start to their season as the Red Devils defeated Leeds 5-1

After 19 months of empty seats, and quiet stadiums, capacity crowds returned to full force on Saturday's first Saturday of the Premier League season.

After the lifting of Covid restrictions in England, 19 July, social distancing measures at sporting venues were lifted.

Arsenal was beaten by Brentford on Friday night in west London. Saturday's atmosphere was just as buoyant.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United manager, said that the return of supporters creates and sets the mood after the side's win over Leeds at Old Trafford.

The Norwegian added, "You get the butterflies back again." "Suddenly, it's a game which matters.

"We felt more responsibility since it's been so many years without them. We are so grateful for their support. It is important to have the support of our fans.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the goal in Everton's win over Southampton. He said that it was a great feeling to be able to score with the fans. I felt like a kid again.

"I had a few fans last season, but I scored them all." It was a very special season.

Xisco Munoz of Watford, whose Watford team beat Aston Villa at Vicarage Road to earn their top-flight return said: "Today, it was an amazing day. Perfect because we met our fans."

Here are some ways supporters across the country celebrated their return.

Old Trafford was full for the morning's kick-off between Manchester United and Leeds

Bruno Fernandes broke the deadlock at the half-hour mark to bring the stadium to life.

Burnley fan is immersed in Clarets matchday programme before the game against Brighton

Chelsea fans, young and old, rushed to Stamford Bridge in desperate search of their first glimpse at the 2020-21 Champions League winner, who faced Crystal Palace

Christian Pulisic made sure it was a fun afternoon for Blues fans

Everton hosted Southampton in Rafael Benitez’s Premier League match. Supporters packed Goodison Park to witness the game.

Benitez, former Liverpool manager, was happy with the Everton faithful's reception

2020-21 FA Cup Winners Leicester City hosted Wolverhampton Wanderers in King Power Stadium

Watford fans watched Aston Villa beat Aston Villa at Vicarage Road in their first match back in the Premier League.

Norwich City was given a difficult task in their first Premier League match of the campaign. They were welcoming Liverpool, 2019-20 champions, to Carrow Road


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