I remember when it was first announced that we were going to sign David De Gea from Atletico Madrid for around £20 odd million and I think it was around the time of Gary Neville's testimonial just days before an all important Champions league final with Barcelona at the home of football in Wembley stadium.
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Ever since stating he wished to leave Manchester United back in 2010, Wayne Rooney has never been too far away from speculation linking him with a move away from Old Trafford.
There is no doubting his ability as a footballer, and what he can do to opponents on his day.
From what the whole world has seen this past week, there’s been a widely held assumption that there’s been a tectonic shift in the corridors of power. Spain’s cycle of dominance is at an end and the mantle’s been passed onto the mighty Germans.
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.
Last Tuesday night I witnessed one of the best games I have ever seen in European Football as we were 1-0 up against Real Madrid, the 9 times winners of this illustrious competition and leading 2-1 on aggregate.
We were really in the ascendancy to push on and increase our lead to spearhead our charge of getting into the last eight of Europe's elite club competition.
Now, where do I start? What should have been a memorable night for the fantastic football on show, two European giants at the top of their game, will be ultimately remembered for a flick of the boot and a flash of red.
Gareth Bale seemingly is etching his name ever so closely to becoming a truly great player. In American sports the player of the year in a league gets the MVP (most valuable player) award.
In England this award is called the ‘player of the year’ award. When I think about who should win the Premier League’s award, two players come to mind. Bale and Manchester United’s very own Robin van Persie.
Matches between Real Madrid and Manchester United rarely disappoint and the game yesterday was no exception.
A brilliant game with 90 minutes filled with pulsating action enthralled a worldwide crowd of over 200 million viewers. Let us here look at the tie and its implications from a United viewpoint:
The draw for the knockout stages of the Champions League are out! Manchester United have drawn Spanish giants Real Madrid.
This is THE tie of the round. On one hand we have Real who are desperate to land the fabled `La Decima` and on the other we have United whose manager Sir Alex Ferguson wants a third UCL title badly.
The Champions League last 16 draw brings Real Madrid to us, a two-legged affair between top teams in the top 2 leagues in Europe.
This mouth watering event, has match ups from manager to the bench, that pits top players in every position against their counterparts. Surely a game for the connoisseur, Rioja vs Single Malt, different yet each the best in their geography.
Manchester United has an attack force which can rival the best in Europe. The capture of Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie has brought back the `wow` factor which the team had perhaps lost when Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez departed in the summer of 2009.
After reading Michel Platini's ideas on expanding the Champions League to 64 teams, I thought I would write an article on my thoughts.
European competition has been under many guises, but the ones I enjoyed the most were the European Cup and the Cup-Winners Cup.