Ten weeks ago my first born, my son, was born. As I write this, slowly, he is in my arms and I’m left celebrating the beginning of the most important period of my life whilst also mourning the end of the other. Sir Alex Ferguson will lead Manchester United out for the 1,500th and last time on Sunday and the entire football world, like him or not, will feel a wind of change. Can he go out on a high?
Rooney does not travel with the squad as he anticipates the birth of his child although fans will be left to wonder if his absence is something that they’ll have to get used to next year? My player of the season, David de Gea, looks likely to drop to the bench as Lindegaard has, by all accounts, been promised a starting spot. Ferdinand, fresh from signing a new contract, sits the game out as does his regular partner, Vidic. This leaves Evans and Jones to beckon in a new era at United from central defence.
I thought that the victory against Swansea was the perfect way to go out – a late goal sealing the win. Now I’m left to wonder if that game will have taken its toll on the squad and Sunday’s fixture will be bit of a damp squib. Scholes is going, Fergie too, Rooney is having a hissy fit – this could be a major changing of the guard but, in non-typical United style, I fancy this game to just fizzle out to a score draw.
Van Persie to score and United to win @2/1
United to win 3-0 @16/1
Van Persie to score first in a 6-0 win @380/1