Today could be the day we talk about for the rest of our lives. The day we won more titles than any other club in the history of English football. The day Ryan Giggs and Sir Alex Ferguson won their twelfth title. The day Javier Hernandez won his first title. The day that long ago we didn’t even dream could happen.
Likewise, we could fuck up and we’ve got to take it to the last day against a team fighting relegation. But let’s put that idea out of our heads.
United will want the title wrapped up today so that we have time to rest and prepare for the final. If Sir Alex Ferguson is getting charged for praising referees, it’s beyond question we’ll be charged for dropping our first team for Blackpool, but that’s worth it if it helps us win a European Cup. But let’s take it one step at a time.
Our lads know that today is the last chance for them to do whatever they have to in order to show the manager they deserve a starting place at Wembley. For that reason, despite our dodgy away form, I expect the lads to put on a performance. Fergie picks a different team every week these days so there are plenty of players who will fancy themselves as having a chance.
Darren Fletcher has been getting some game time under his belt for the Reserves and will likely start against Blackburn. After missing out in 2009 through that unjust red card against Arsenal in the semi-finals, he will be desperate to get a game this time around. His ability to prove himself match fit and capable will likely determine which formation play at Wembley. If Fergie picks him, you’d imagine he couldn’t drop Carrick or Giggs, meaning Rooney will play up front with the support of Park and Valencia. If Fletch isn’t ready, then we will probably go with the line-up that played against Chelsea.
A 0-0 draw left us totally dejected and fed up at Ewood Park last season. A 0-0 draw this season would give us a place in history. I’d obviously prefer a less nerve-wracking and more impressive scoreline than that, but I’ll take any point, any way.
COME ON UNITED!