A Test of Character for the Red Devils

A Picture of Despair (Photo credit: /u/hubwub on /r/reddevils)

22nd September 2013 shall forever be a turning point in Manchester United’s history. It will be seen as the moment when United players and fans alike were asked the question. A question of character. Of resilience. Of having to do what is necessary. Fate will be rewritten as per how this questions is answered.

Phenomenal scenes at the Etihad stadium were witnessed today. United’s new manager – one after nearly twenty years – attended his first derby game. Moyes has managed Everton for a while now, and isn’t a stranger to ruthless derbies. The Merseyside derby has been contested fiercely each year. But this was an entirely new level. The Manchester derby is more technical than physical than its Merseyide counterpart. And David was tactically outplayed in every department.

City figured out United didn’t have a plan B. United haven’t been able to withstand pacy games for a few years now. After Ronaldo’s departure and a sharp decline in Nani and Young’s forms, the speed has been sucked from United’s traditional counter-attacking play. United depend upon slower teams in the Premier League and a reason why their record against Chelsea is poor is because of the latter’s speed in play.

But that is all history. The Ferguson era is over. We cannot dwell on glory-days gone by, like other clubs. We must look ahead. Just like Fergie did when he lost 6-1 to City. He attacked next season and won the league right under their noses.

Another Important Defeat (Photo credits: The Daily Mail)

Another Important Defeat (Photo credits: The Daily Mail)

Alex Ferguson, manager of Manchester United F.C.

It’s all in the past. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Which is why today’s 4-1 humiliation at the hands of one of our biggest rivals is an important loss in this transitional period. It goes to show just what is wrong with United today. This isn’t David Moyes’s United. This is Alex Ferguson’s United being handled by David Moyes. Moyes has to bring some sweeping reforms into the club and make players adapt to his style. Having a manager who isn’t comfortable with the current style won’t help. This may backfire (like Pep’s Bayern) initially, but the other alternative isn’t working.  When Ferguson was appointed as United manager in 1986, he didn’t have a tip-top trophy-winning squad. These were unfit, pot-bellied players having tea at halftime. Fergie transformed this into Europe’s biggest club, but it took time. He eyed long-term success and he achieved it. He brought in the Class of ’92 who were the harbingers of trophies. Moyes has to do the same.

There isn’t a dearth of talent in the youth system. Januzaj and Zaha are already sparkling and Lingard is turning heads in the youth squad. Tom Cleverley’s presence in the dying moments of the second half today showed a transformed midfield. Rooney is approaching new heights as demonstrated by his performance against Leverkusen and his stunning long-range free-kick today. The main problem is underperforming players like Young and Nani, who’re clearly past their prime now.  Tough decisions have to be made. Moyes isn’t one to shy away from them as he had no problem in letting Rene and Gill leave. They must learn to adapt or exit gracefully.

Rebuilding Manchester United is a tough task. It will take a lot of time. The last time it happened, it took six years. But it was effective for twenty. Hopefully, that time frame will be lowered now. We must show faith in our new manager, just as we showed in our old one, during his early years. I’m completely prepared for trophy-less seasons in the near-future.

As for us fans, this is our question. Of character. We must show our trust in Moyes. We must not lose faith. We must believe.

In conclusion, I’ll leave you with my Facebook rant just after the match.

All you Manchester United “fans” who turn their backs on this club at an inkling of poor form, your fickle nature disgusts me. If you can’t be with your team during defeats, you shouldn’t show up for their successes. We’ve been through worse and we’ve always risen from the ashes. We will rise again. Glory Glory.

Aditya’s Law Of Run Rate

If the runs scored in an over are equal to the current run-rate and the numerical value of the current over, the run-rate is increased by 1.

For example, if the Delhi Daredevils are pwning the Kings XI Punjab, and score 152 in 15 overs, their current run-rate is…

So now, Piyush Chawla is sent into the attack. At this moment, Virender Sehawg is batting at 78. He’s really angry, that Chawla was picked ahead of his Delhi buddy Amit Mishra in the World Twenty20 squad. So he goes all boom, bang and all that.

Do note, that Chawla is bowling the sixteenth over. So Sehwag scores ten plus sixteen runs in the over, which equals to twenty-six runs in the over. That takes the total to 178 of 16 overs.

It may surprise you, that the current run-rate is 11.13. If you do some simple math, the run rate has increased by…?

Tell me in the comments.

A Wannabe And A Passionate Manchester United Fan

There was this Facebook note I stumbled upon, written by a certain Sagar Malik. It was about Man Utd/”Man U” fans. How a wannabe fan is different from a passionate fan.

If you ask a United fan which team he supports,
True fan: Manchester United or United.
Wannabe fan: ManU

A wannabe fan would ask people what time the match is, a true fan would know the time by heart- both IST and GMT!

A wannabe fan would only know about players like Ronaldo, Rooney, Tevez, Berbatov.
A true fan could name the playing 11 AND the substitutes and the reserve team too, probably.

A wannabe fan would say that United’s manager is Alex Ferguson.
A true fan would say, “Sir Alex Ferguson”.

A wannabe fan would criticize the team during the match and probably abuse them too.
A true fan would be patient till the end of the match, and then be critical.

A wannabe fan would wear a Chelsea, Liverpool or Arsenal jersey because it looks good. (eg- Lekhi)
A true fan would die but not wear it.

A wannabe fan would say “Kal school hai, I can’t watch the match” (I have school tomorrow, can’t watch the match)
A true fan would say, “Forget the school, Its Champions’ League”

A wannabe fan would ask people “Who won?”
A true fan would remember the goals’ timings.

A wannabe fan would tell people he supports Chelsea if other people tell him/her to.
A true fan would never do that.

A wannabe fan would be convinced by Kop-supporting people that they should support Liverpool.
A true fan is oblivious to such situations.

A wannabe fan would like United because of a particular player.
A true fan would love United because of its history, its style-of-play, its enigma.

A wannabe fan only knows that United has won the title.
A true fan has rejoiced with the glory, and cried watching the memories of the Munich Disaster.