Everybody has a favourite player but for me I have two which share that honour and one of them is Ryan Giggs. The other being our 38 year old magician Paul Scholes.
As Manchester United lined up today to face Stoke City at the daunting Britannia Stadium, many were surprised to see the side being put out by Sir Alex Ferguson.
After a big gap, we saw Wayne Rooney being played as a mainstream central midfielder alongside Michael Carrick with Shinji Kagawa on the left and Antonio Valencia on the right. Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez started upfront for the away side.
Radamel Falcao is one of Europe’s most feared strikers. We know that. The Columbian hit-man’s set to score 30+ goals for the fourth consecutive season and will certainly play in La Liga and/or the Premier League in the very near future. We know that.
It was Frankie Goes To Hollywood who famously sang the lyrics 'When Two Tribes Go To War', on Monday evening, that's exactly what happened under the famous floodlights at Old Trafford as the Red and Blue tribe went head to head in the Manchester derby.
So would a £17m Andy Carroll improve Manchester United?
It seems a ridiculous idea I know, but so did the purchase of Eric Cantona at the time. Of course nobody in their right mind would confuse the enigmatic, technically gifted Frenchman with the battering ram that is the ponytailed Geordie but consider for a moment the potential.
Losing to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup Quarter final is no disgrace but from 2-0 up at home in the first game, losing 3 goals unanswered is of concern.
In both games the cracks that appeared are the faults that separate the very best from the nearly men, and I saw enough to know we have to fix some faults.
An understrength Manchester United beat a Sunderland side at The Stadium of Light on 30th March 2013. Nothing surprising there but what did we learn?
Firstly we learned that Sunderland are a team in crisis.
I saw England win the World Cup in 1966. On TV I will admit but I saw it. The players are legends now and held in the highest esteem, one of which is Sir Bobby Charlton.
I also saw United beat Benfica at the very same Wembley in 1968. George Best was alongside the very same Bobby Charlton. Golden years.
It was on a titanic February night in Madrid’s magnificent Santiago Bernabeau Stadium that, amongst the lights and flashbulbs, the red and white jerseys, and 85,000 passionate fans, one man in green made his presence felt.
As has been so often the case down the years when England slump to a disappointing result, a Manchester United player unfairly gets singled out for blame.
After the fall out of Roy Hodgson’s side’s 1-1 draw in Podgorica against Montenegro, some England ‘supporters’ decided to lay the blame fully on Danny Welbeck for the team dropping two points.
Since the turn of the year I have been really impressed with Wayne Rooney's scoring form, 10 goals with 8 of them for his club and 2 of them for country.
Patriotic, idiotic England supporters have got their knickers in a twist regarding Rio Ferdinand's decision to make himself unavailable for representing England in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro, following a recent call up by manager Roy Hodgson.