As we approach the beginning of August, all of us have one eye firmly set on August 20th for the trip to Goodison Park to face Everton. Many of the United faithful see this as the perfect opportunity for revenge, as Everton are partly to blame for our title failure.
Being realistic, it was not the fault of David Moyes men at all, and I know I shouldn’t point the finger, but seriously, where did they find it to pull a draw out of the hat from 4-2 down at Old Trafford last May? The last time I saw Everton fight like that was, shockingly, against us the previous season when we lost a two goal lead in stoppage time. Every team ups the ante for United.
However, away from the season opener countdown, there are still alternatives to keep us occupied over the next couple of weeks:
The Olympics: Manchester United have more than enough representation at the Olympic football to ensure fans remain interested. Brazilian full back, Rafael, scored in his opening game as the Samba Boys beat Egypt 3-2, not to mention our very own Ryan Giggs, captaining Team GB – Finally given the chance to show his class at an international tournament. Good luck to all our boys involved.
The squad have returned from the first part of their pre-season tour, and much to the delight of Sir Alex, it was extremely positive. The ‘stand out’ performers were, new boy Shinji Kagawa, who showed the type of touch and movement through the centre that we have required over the past two seasons.
Jesse Lingard, who made his senior debut, and did not look out of place in the first team, and last but not least, Bebe. The Portuguese winger has found fitness, found confidence, and was a massive attacking threat. Personally, I would like to see Bebe succeed at Old Trafford, as the boy has come in for heavy criticism which is mainly down to his past, and his price tag, not his ability or potential.
We do not see it often, but Sir Alex came in for heavy criticism over the last week with regards to his comments about the Glazers.
We all know the situation with regards to the Glazer family and the debt at Manchester United, however, when Sir Alex was quoted saying “I am absolutely comfortable with the Glazer situation, they have been great” it stirred up much anger and distress amongst the green and gold scarf wearing fans.
All fan forums, facebook and twitter, especially, erupted. It was like the world had come to an end – how could our great leader side with these heartless, backward thinking, self-centred, Yanks?
Sir Alex, like all of the fans, players and staff, wants what is best for the club, and those who were having a dig at the United head honcho need to realise, in any aspect of life, you do not bite the hand that feeds you.
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