If ever there was a time to be a United fan, this period will rank high amongest those times. A second consecutive League and European double is too much to ask for a team even of United's high standards. That we will not have a victory bus parade after the season unless we win tonight's final is an indicator of how much we United fans have been spoiled as far as success is concerned. In my book, we have already won a treble this season of Carling Cup, World Club Cup and the League so that is by no means a poor season. The fact that we are also going to contest the Champions League final against what many believehas been the best football club side this year tells you a lot about how much effort United have put in this year. I mean this season was right on the back of a very tiring campaign that was in many ways as draining as the one that saw us win the treble in '99. I for one would have been pleased with just the league this year but given our greed as United fans, every victory in the Champions League led me to belive that we could actually do the 'mission impossible'. So here we are now, 90 minutes away from ensuring that the club cements it's status as the best of this generation in the whole world.
The fact is that for the first time in quite a while, I think United are going into a final where they are not out-right favourites. Barcelona has scored more than 140 goals this season which is as good for a club as it can get. They have floored most of their opponents this season without even breaking sweat so it's not the ideal final for one who has any sort of heart problems. It will therefore no be the kind of game we are used to seeing United play. And hell, we could even go a goal or two down in the match but if there is one team in the world that will never quit when all looks bleak, it's United. It's why I love the club more than anyone could ever imagine. I know that regardless of the team that Sir Alex puts out tonight, the players will give their all not just for Darren Fletcher, not just for the fans, not just for Sir Bobby and Sir Alex, but also for the memory of Sir Matt Busby who planted the Legend of Manchester United! It's 100 years since the father of this club was born and hopefully, that milestone will be marked in the most memorable way! I don't have to go into the team news and all the record stats that are there for the taking because the press has done justice to that, but I regardless of the outcome tonight, United has for me, doen enough already this season for us to celebrate another successful campaign! Glory Glory Man United!
Labels: UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE