So Manchester United's route to repeating 1999 now includes Chelsea in the Cup, Real Madrid in Europe and Manchester City in the League. Winning will involve dispatching the Premier League and La Liga Champions and the European Champions, a pretty tough ask - on paper.
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Is there such thing as loyalty in football these days?
The likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Francesco Totti are all in the twilight of their careers and while there are still a few one-club men out there, with the exception of players such as Steven Gerrard, Iker Casillas and Carles Puyol who are unlikely to move anywhere but their respective clubs, the loyalty is largely gone.
Four Premier Leagues, one UEFA Champions League, one FIFA Club World Cup, one League Cup and four Community Shield winners medals. That medal haul surpasses the majority of England’s top clubs, let alone players.
Yet 11 medals in six seasons can only equate to 24 international caps, surely the maths doesn’t make sense?
Welcome to the international career of Michael Carrick.
Michael Carrick’s career dossier so far is very impressive. He has over three hundred Premier League appearances, has won four Premier League titles, a Champions League medal and a FIFA Club World Cup with Manchester United in just six seasons, there is very little the midfielder hasn’t won in his club career.
Bad luck or history repeating itself, something’s clearly not right with English football in that seemingly everytime a major tournament squad is selected, there always seems to be an injury crisis which rules at least a couple of first-team regulars out much to the disappointment of the nation.
Even before Fabio Capello was sacked as England manager in the New Year there were clouds hanging over experienced players such as Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, John Terry and Gareth Barry that Euro 2012 might well be their scene of their International swansong, what with another so-called ‘golden generation’ of players waiting to come through.
Chelsea winning the Champions League, now just who would have imagined that happening a fortnight ago yet alone in March when Andre Villas-Boas was sacked with the club known as Roman Ambramovich’s toy was on it’s last legs.
Michael Carrick may have come off probably his best ever-season playing in a Manchester Untied shirt but he will not be donning a white shirt for England this summer at the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.
Working for a King was always a tough job, the Court Jesters would often get mistreated because of their poor jokes and inadequate routines, and so it goes with Chelsea where the self appointed King of West London lives the life of a Roman Emperor in that his thumb determines the future of the man he appoints to do his bidding.
Once upon a time, a Rich Emperor ruled over an army that dreamt of conquering Europe backed by riches beyond the dreams of his enemies.
As news of your resignation reached the western shores of the USA it started me thinking about your tenure as Coach of the England team.
Next Thursday, March 16th, Manchester United kick off their Europa League campaign with a tricky tie away to AFC Ajax. The Dutch champions are very similar to Utd in many ways; they have great history and tradition, a renowned youth set-up and are also well known for their attractive style of football.