27-May-2009 will always remain a painful memory for me; how Manchester United was outclassed by a superb Barcelona side. At the first ten minutes, the Red Devils looked like they are going to eat Barcelona up. After Samuel Eto’o scored the first goal, it was as if somebody turned on a switch and all the players in white died. It was a case of watching 10 headless chickens trying to overcome the Spanish players.
But looking back at our season, it was a season of champions, a great season which any team would love to trade theirs for. We are fortunate we are not Newcastle, whom after a bad case of management, are now languishing in the Championship. We are fortunate we are not Manchester City, whom after millions are spent on, are, at best, a team of mediocrity. We are fortunate we are not Liverpool, whom, after 19 years, are still singing the same song; “NEXT YEAR WILL BE OUR YEAR”.
And speaking of Liverpool, I was at a restaurant watching the game with a few friends from church. Amongst them was a Liverpool fan. Throughout the game, he was taunting / mocking Manchester United. I was keeping quiet, of course, channelling whatever support I could to our struggling team. At the end of the match, this guy was so happy that Manchester United lost, and went on his usual rant. I simply said to him “Well, at least Manchester United was in the finals, and not Liverpool”. Another friend added “Yeah, and we won the premiership. What did your team win?” The look on his face was priceless, and his reply was class… he had nothing to say. HAHAHAH.
CONGRATULATIONS TO BARCELONA. ON 27-MAY-2009, YOU WERE THE BETTER TEAM AND DESERVED TO BE CROWNED CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE 2009.