So here we are. The big kick-off is finally upon us and we (United) are facing what could be the most challenging season since Jose Mourinho took charge of Chelsea ( sounds like a long time ago, doesn't it?)
It's also quite a while that United were not everybody's favourite to win the Premier League---I mean its a statement of its own that depicts United's decline in strength that not many are willing to back the team that has won the title for the last three years.
Now, regardless of what the media and critics say about United's chances, let it be known that by default, Manchester United will always challenge for the League title. I mean, why else would we start the season if we knew we can't?
Over the last few years, it has been our home form that has won us the title. I mean, we have been averaging one loss and one draw at home--the rest all being wins regardless of the opposition. Our home record is the best in the league so that is challenge of its own for us in the new season. We start with Birmingham at home and what else should we expect but a win.
The worry I have is that I even during pre-season, there were hardly teams ready to park the bus for a draw so I'm yet to see us open such a side in our 'new' formation. The last two times we played Birmingham, it was goals from Ronaldo the departed, and Tevez the traitor in narrow 1-0 wins. It shows you the task we have at hand to break them down in the limited time of 93minutes.
What United should not forget is that the Blues will know that we don't have our best defence so they will launch a few forays into our box hopping for a lucky break that will send them on their way.
Brown is back, but we don't have Vida, EVDS, and Evans. I hope Fergie plays Fabio or Ritchie Delaet. Those two boys could be the real deal for us this season and what better time for them to step up than we have injuries!
The bad news is that we have to wait till Sunday for our game!