United - Sir Alex Brings on the Youth!
It`s easy to feel a little down today after our title hopes evaporated on the final day of the season.
We can all look back and cast a dark shadow over where it went wrong, we can all point the finger of blame, but it takes a real optimist to be able to grasp something good from the darkness of defeat.
Sir Alex though, to his credit, knows how to run a team, his dynasty has been brought about by carefully nurturing youth and letting it loose when the time prevails. For years the basis of our domestic and European success was the epic side that featured the likes of Giggs, Beckham, Neville and Scholes, players that came through the system.
Therefore, whilst the doom brigade talks about the need to splash out meg-bucks on bolstering our side, Sir Alex has a point when he discussed the positive aspects of the season following its conclusion yesterday, concentrating on how the more youthful members of the squad have blossomed, when he commented,
"How you view the season depends on whether you focus on the low moments or look at the positives."
"It`s the old conundrum as to whether you see the glass as half full or half empty."
"Darren Fletcher has emerged from the shadows to become recognized as a really top footballer."
"Nani has come of age, Darron Gibson has had a good season and Jonny Evans has been fantastic for a twenty-one year old while Antonio Valencia has done incredibly well in his first season."
"Behind them I have great faith in the futures of players like Danny Welbeck, Federico Macheda, Javier Hernandez, Gabriel Obertan, Mame Diouf and Chris Smalling."
And as for a reality check,
"There is great expectancy at Manchester United. I have no problem with that demand, but we should remember that when I arrived at Old Trafford, Liverpool were winning the championship on a regular basis while we had gone 20 years without the title. We changed all that. As for this season, taking everything into account, we are on the credit side."
It looks like all that success over the years spoilt us! I`ve no doubt we`ll be back and with Sir Alex possibly looking at one last hurrah, before retirement, it`ll be sooner rather than later!
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