A season ending in results for the ‘Dream Team’
By Andrew Cuff
Monday 26 May 2008 09:00:00
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A fitting bank holiday weekend following the crowning of our boys as champions of Europe. This following a superb display of the quality of English football by the two biggest teams in Europe. A game without major controversy over the quality of refereeing, Lubos Michel made some very difficult decisions but always let the game flow without letting things get out of hand.

A very memorable day for football 50 years on from the Munich tragedy, Ferguson was determined to bring the trophy back in memory of those and in my eyes a fitting result bringing back both the Premier league and Champions trophies. A massive post match party for the players after being lead up by Sir Bobby Charlton to collect the Champions medals and trophies, after all he was part of the winning team back in ‘68 and a massive influence on the club ever since. The night he lost his club appearance record to Ryan Giggs who still shows no signs of letting up.

Ferguson also this weekend told newspaper reporters that he aims to give up the managerial reigns of United before his 70th birthday, that being December 31st, 2011, giving him 3 full season left at the helm. A resounding echo from 2002, the last time he said he was finished. I feel this is a more realistic plan for him, he cannot manage the club forever (as much as we want him to), though I seriously doubt he will give the club up totally. The Ferguson we all know will always be in the club, in some major capacity.

Elsewhere in the football world, Chelsea released Avram Grant, Barcelona released Rijkaard and the likelihood of Sven leaving City means we could just be looking at a reshuffle in the big teams. I feel the Chelsea boss has set his sights on Sven who has pulled City to their highest league finish in a long time and successfully beat United twice, unlike Grant who lost the most crucial one to United.

Transfer talk has started like wild fire across the world of football and the ‘who might…’ and ‘who is possibly…’ has kicked into full swing. From United’s point of view Ferguson will be looking to bolster his striking ability, not that the 50+ league goals weren’t enough, with a few possibilities looming. Ronaldinho is reportedly leaving Barcelona though at 28 years not likely to interest a long term plan at United. Dimitar Berbatov, the Spurs striker, Fraizer Campbell, Hull City’s golden scorer and even Benfica’s Freddy Adu are all possibilities for Ferguson. Personally I feel of those Fraizer Campbell will be the most likely to move, having proved a quality scoring at 21 he may be what Wayne needs to settle in.

Rooney having struggled for goal scoring consistency this season was by no means quiet, with countless assists and 8 months younger than his counterpart Ronaldo I expect he will be coming into his own this coming season. With his June wedding and building pressure to perform July will be crucial in his preparation for a very trying year ahead, we will expect great things. His and Ronaldo’s partnership could prove deadly with a strong centre forward who can slot them away like Ruud used to do. I expect we will see Rooney sliding back and providing a support role to the main striker be it Tevez or a newbie.

The celebrations continue and we hope we can get a parade through the streets of Manchester at some point over this promising summer ahead of us.

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