Saturday, August 20, 2011

a new beginning

well, two years and more have passed. and much has happened since my last post in April of 2009. i was in Delhi then, now i am in Agartala. i was unemployed then, feeling guilty about leaning on everyone around me. now i am fortunately employed and very happy to support my parents back home instead of the other way round.

however, some things have stayed the same. Sir Alex Ferguson remains manager, the greatest ever and his charges are the Premier League Champions again after a one year hiatus in their relentless acquisition of trophies under him. that's four League titles in five years now and what's more United are now ahead of everyone in England with 19 League titles. and to think 12 of them are won in the Premier League era under Ferguson. but some things still hurt the same come the end of May. back then, it was in the Eternal City and this year at the 'home of football' where the hypocrites footballing wizards of Barcelona pipped us in the battle for four European Cups with a masterful display (and there i was thinking United was in with a chance after Rooney equalized).

this summer has, however, brought changes to United. there are three new signings in Phil Jones, David de Gea and Ashley Young. and early signs suggest that Ashley Young will be a major threat for opposing teams on the left wing. Phil Jones will most probably have to wait a couple more years for a regular starting role in the centre of the defence but will get opportunities as cover for the injury-prone Ferdinand. of the new signings, the new goalkeeper, David de Gea will need tie to settle after his big money move from Atletico Madrid. he is still very young in goalkeeping terms but without a shadow of doubt has huge potential. and if he can adjust to the change in his surroundings quickly, i think United have a goalkeeper of the highest class for the next 10-15 years minimum. and as would any United fan, i hope he settles in very quickly. also, it looks like we will get to see some of the young talents at the club more regularly this time, especially Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck who spent last season on loan at other Premier League clubs gaining valuable experience. I'm sure we'll also get to see more of Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrison as well during the course of the season.

all this is because of the retirement of no less than three United legends during the past year. Gary Neville hung up his boots mid-season while Paul Scholes and Edwin van der Sar did the same after the Wembley heartbreak. and the team also lost two faithful and loyal servants in Wes Brown and John O' Shea who both moved on in search of more pitch time and signed for Sunderland. it seems such a massive loss for the club to have to lose such big players and their years of experience playing for United. but the manager seems to be confident that the current youthful United side is what is needed to continue the quest for more trophies.

here's hoping to a new and exciting as well as another trophy-winning season for United.  GGMU.

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