Date:Tuesday February 24 2009
The English media are getting carried away - would you have thought it? Recently the big discussion is whether the current United side is the best ever. What does it matter, I could ask, but all right, let's pretend it's entirely sensible to discuss such things before a very important game against a very strong team (it isn't though).
One argument that regularly comes up is that this team can't be judged yet as they haven't won anything so far. Geez, I must have been nodding off and I had this really weird dream where we won the Premier League twice in a row and added the Champions League and World Club Championship titles for good measure. But then it's all been a dream and we still need to prove ourselves.
What rubbish. I'd say that not even Dimitar Berbatov, the only significant addition (OK, count Rafael and Fabio as well) to last season's all-conquering team, has to prove himself as we've seen at Leverkusen that he's more than capable of delivering in the Champions League.
Sports journalists, with all seriousness, wrote that the first real test of this United team will be the duel against Inter. Well thank you very much but this team has been tested severely enough against Sporting, Roma, Lyon, Barcelona and Chelsea. I still remember the perfect counter-attacking display we produced at Old Trafford against Barca, I still remember our textbook away performance at the Stadio Olimpico, I can still remember United taking apart Chelsea in the first half in Moscow (those missed chances, oh god...)
No, this is a tried and tested great United team. We have no divine right to beat Inter but even a loss would not mean that this United side is not a great one. That's been settled last season at Wigan and in Moscow. Everything else is just the icing on the cake.
Date:Tuesday February 24 2009
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