Out with the old, in with the new era

Bayern: Man Utd v Bayern Munich

Here’s a positive slant after a dissapointing week of football. The last torch carriers of a famous era for the club, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville will soon stop signing one-year contract extensions like they have done many times in recent years. Whether you like it or not – change will come.

In what was an ultimately bitter victory against Bayern on Wednesday, we saw signs of this brand-new era. Those carriers of the torch were nowhere to be seen in the starting line up, instead the likes of Darron Gibson and Rafael were preferred. That gamble seemed to have paid off, with Gibson scoring early and Rafael playing with such promise that he had superbly kept Ribery out of the first half. Of course, the Brazilian was sent off in the second half – lacking the experience that the campaigner Neville possesses.

Scholes, Giggs and Neville have been great servants for the club but you sense their time is coming. Neville’s future, in particular, is in doubt with reports earlier this year suggesting this may well be his last season at Old Trafford. Injuries have blighted the careers of all three veterans and the competition is more fierce than it ever has been. Soon the iconic era that won the treble in 99′ will be gone.

There is much expectation at the club. And despite the inexperience and complacency shown in both legs against Munich, this current crop will come good. Once again, Sir Alex is looking to build another great era at the club. In Darren Fletcher, he has transformed him into a perfect central midfielder, the perfect replacement for Roy Keane. Darron Gibson, too, is another homegrown player full of promise. His goal in midweek proof that he is almost ready to step up and become a first team regular. In Valencia, a fantastic signing, he has brought someone who conjures up the most magnificent balls in the box. And Nani, too, has become somewhat of a revelation down those flanks.

Then there’s Wayne Rooney. The undisputed king of English football. No longer in the shadows of Cristiano Ronaldo, Rooney has become a national treasure after some truly blistering football this season. Once we wave goodbye to the great servants of our club, we shall welcome a new era that has plenty of talent and all indicators suggest that this may be another successful one. United’s hopes of more silverware may have been dashed this year, but this team will come good soon. This isn’t the end of Manchester United. No, this is the start of something new.


5 responses to “Out with the old, in with the new era”

  1. UTTAM-JUG says :


  2. junior jones says :

    i think if fergie is to use the veteran he should use them at one of them at a time. i dont think we have won a big game with all three of them playing this year or last. so for gary has to go. if he was at arsenal he will never see the playimg foeld.

  3. Norman says :

    actual vs Bayern the winning can turn another way to MU if Nani can convert 2 opportunity twice inb 2nd half. One Nani shot from the corner to GK hand to palm away. He should run to the middle of penalty area despite Bayern player chasing him near his flank (behind). If he maintain the composure run to the middle and shot from there. May be it is a goal. If Bayern player kick him caused Nani to fall in pnalty area, PK is a sure. Another one the half volley in which had Nani kick the ball through mid body. Had Nani palm the ball with his body moving forward the goal is a sure. IF Bayern player caused him to fall without chance to shot the ball, PK is a confirm. Players need to see video again of opportunity to score. Where it when wrong. I think the squad is good on training to handle pressure and composure to score goals as seen in video at the game. MU can grow their experience. Base current squad, Mame Diouf is another player MU and ALEX must focus to give him chance to play as in Sweden. He deadly infront of goal. Had him the chance as Nani, he definitely score the goals. MU already in semi finals. Forget all the news paper comment negatively blindful. Actually, MU had the opportunity you need the converter. Please use Mame Diouf sparringly. Trust me he will be the prime striker along Rooney.

  4. Hakan says :

    Good article, Gaffer. Even though I’m still very disappointed there are a number of positives to take away from our three latest games. I have a positive feeling about Gibson in particular.

  5. koketso says :

    gill has hinted @further signinings in the summer, and I for believe it’ll happen! your right, gibson shows promise but he must improve on his open play, his threat towards goal is massive, he may just be that goal scoring midfielder we need, if he had the ball carrying presence of fabregas,lampard and an on form gerrard we wud have built a home grown gem!

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