Vincent Andrew en Football / Soccer Principal • Sayyidina Othman Secondary School 21/4/2017 · 1 min de lectura · +200

Red Passion, Leagues and Cups

You're a football fan if you follow your club's fortunes wherever you may be in the world. Football is now a global game, not necessarily restricted to the fans of the local city or country where the club plays in.

The 1983 FA Cup Final between Manchester United and Brighton Hove Albion was the first time I fell in love with the Reds from Manchester. Playing at the iconic Wembley Stadium, the match ended 2-2 with Norman Whiteside and Bryan Robson showing why they were some of the best British talents at that time. In the replay, United won four nil courtesy of goals from Robson (2), Whiteside and Muhren. Relive that game here.

Red Passion, Leagues and Cups

In the 90s when football became more globalised and commercialised, the opportunity to watch the Reds grew. United were growing into a force once the old English First Division was rebranded to the Premier League. As a United fan it was one of the best periods anyone could ever ask for from its football team. The Premier League title was captured 13 times and the Champions League twice, all during Sir Alex Ferguson's managerial reign. In some years title was won at a canter. Compare this to the relative drought in the 70s and 80s when Liverpool and to some extent Nottingham Forest and Arsenal were the giants in the game.

In 2016 I made my second trip to Old Trafford. My first was in 2010 and I had this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch United play Liverpool. My experience is recorded here.

In my second trip, I went for a museum and a club tour. The museum was stunning. Cabinet after cabinet of trophies, souvenirs (shirts, caps, programme notes) and videos of legends past and present pervade every part of the museum. There's a longer buzz on my visit to Manchester here.

Fast forward to last night's game. United deserved to go through to the semi finals of the Europa League. Before the game I made my predictions here.

If you're a true fan you'll feel for your team. So when Anderlecht equalised to make the score 1-1 and 2-2 on aggregate, all fans would know that another away goal would have killed off United's chances. At the final whistle, there would be relief and celebration.

United will now contest the semi finals and as a fervent fan I want them to play in the final in Stockholm in May.

Juan Imaz 24/4/2017 · #11

#10 yes, it was amazing. I am Real Madrid but Messi is the best player in the world no doubt! I enjoyed a lot the match!

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Vincent Andrew 24/4/2017 · #10

What a classico it was last night! #9

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Juan Imaz 24/4/2017 · #9

#4 Real Madrid and Barcelona are the two most popular ones :)

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Vincent Andrew 22/4/2017 · #8

#7 The FA cup semi finals should be exciting. How do you see Spurs playing their game against Chelsea? Will Spurs use United's strategy when they beat Chelsea? Stop the main men Hazard and Costa?

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CityVP 🐝 Manjit 22/4/2017 · #7

#5 United needed the second leg to be at Old Trafford and they have got it. Celta are about 10th place in La Liga. Tottenham should not have lost to a Belgian team like Gent but they did, these things happen in football, but Celta won't relish coming to Old Trafford - it would have been better for them if Utd were coming to Spain in the second leg.

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Vincent Andrew 22/4/2017 · #5

#3 Cruyff - a legend and a skillful player! I would like to see Man United meet Ajax in the final. But first we need to overcome Celta. I don't know much about Celta but Spanish teams don't always make it easy for English teams in the past. Eg, United lost twice to Barca in the Champions League Finals. It'll be nerve-jangling stuff all over again. An away goal will be a good start.

Dean Owen 22/4/2017 · #4

#1 Great to have you back! Although born and raised in Chelsea, I never took interest in football and have attended just one match, Chelsea vs Fulham 30+ years ago, albeit reluctantly, but I do know the reds are hugely popular in Asia, and the MU store in Singapore does brisk business! So glad you made it to the Old Trafford, a stadium with a legendary reputation. I am more familiar with Lords and Twickenham though, for cricket and rugby!

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CityVP 🐝 Manjit 21/4/2017 · #3

Our two youngest lads are die hard Manchester United supporters and they said that the team that they would like to avoid in the next round is Celta Vigo. I used to enjoy in my younger days the exploits of the great Johan Cruyff. His Ajax Amsterdam team had so many Dutch masters. Cruyff went on to give this total football philosophy to Barcelona and even today Barcelona fans hold huge banners of #14 in homage to him at their games.!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/display_960/image.jpg

That he died last year, it would be great to see Ajax lift the Europa league because that would be a fitting tribute. Of course I want to see Manchester United in the Europa League final also but for rather selfish reasons, for if Leicester City do not ironically end Tottenham''s outside chance of a league title bid, then the other irony is if Manchester United beat Spurs and that defeat hands the title to Chelsea. Ajax vs Manchester United would be a terrific final, but due to my admiration for what Johan Cruyff represented and his contribution to football - it will be great to see an Ajax team win and dedicate that final to him.

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