There it is then. The unthinkable has actually happened and come july 1st 2013, Manchester United will have a new manager at the helm. A certain Glaswegian who has made a name for himself at Everton, who on a shoestring budget has wheeled and dealt his way to making a consistent side that over the years, has steadily enhanced its reputation.
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Astonished, ashamed and disappointed, these are just a few clean words I can conjure up to describe my feelings about the growing popularity of the Premier League half and half scarf, it's a sad symbolisation of how football and supporters in general, have changed over the last twenty years or so.
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.
Manchester United fans who were dreaming of the club bringing Axel Witsel to Old Trafford can kiss their dreams goodbye what with the news late last week that the talented Belgian international has signed for Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg.
The move has come as a major shock.
Over the past two or three seasons, Sir Alex Ferguson has been mildly criticised in some parts for his lack of big name summer signings, but with the purse now well and truly opened, success is sure to follow.
It is hard to be a Manchester United fan and criticize the finances of football as we are as embroiled in the situation as any Club, but the plight of Glasgow Rangers brought home to me the fact that history is no immunity to financial failure.
So whadda y’know Mark Hughes is back managing in the Premier League and in London to boot.
Watching the World Club Championship where Barca beat Santos with such verve and skill, followed by a replay on TV the next day of Barcelona vs Arsenal, all just a week after El Clasico, all made me wonder why we continue to believe the Premier League contains the best football you can see.
Before Wesley Sneijder there was one talented Dutch midfielder who United’s fans were dreaming about seeing at Old Trafford. It might have been Raphael van der Vaart, it certainly wasn’t Andy Van der Meyde (remember him?). Nope, the name on every United’s fans lips at one time was Arjen Robben.
On 8th April 2010, Manchester United announced the signing of Javier Hernandez aka Chicharito, to the football world. At that time I presume most United fans were thinking: Who in the hell is this Mexican striker Chicharito?
Manchester United of course travel to Merseyside to face Everton on Saturday, so with that in mind it’s worth taking a look at these three players who we should be wary of going into the game:
Here's a draft letter that I composed for Wayne Rooney to send off to UEFA's headqaurters in Nyon, Switzerland over the weekend, which should by now have been read (I hope!):