Friday, March 28, 2008

Title Run In

Year: 1999
Venue: Nou Camp, Barcelona
Occasion: Champions League Cup Final (Bayern Munich v Manchester United)

How can I forget that fateful early morning. My heart was sinking fast as the clock winds down after Mario Bassler has put Bayern 1-0 in the first half. When Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came on, I had a tingling feeling that things will be different but as the minutes wind down, I became more convinced that it would yet be a year of so near yet so far. I bet my heart skipped a few beats that morning as the clock ticked into injury time when evergreen Sheringham struck home the equalizer and when I stuffed my face into a pillow to muffle my overflowing joy, I bet my neighbours heard it! Before I even regained my breath, Ole "The Legend" slot home to the roof of the net! Geez... I pinched myself so hard to realize that it was no longer a dream. The holy grail has come home to Old Trafford for only the second time.

This season though, Manchester United is out of the FA Cup, so the treble is out of question but they are still in the running for Champions League and five points clear off Chelsea and six ahead of Arsenal in third place with 7 games to go. We play Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Sunday morning and a mid week Champions League date in Rome, against now familiar rivals, Roma. I hope come May, I will rejoice again in my living room as the team play in Moscow. May we relive the glory of 1999 all over again!


beebee said...

We will do the double this season!

Malaysian Joe said...

yeah... we will.. ON the way...