It’s no secret that it’s been a minute[ or should I say 3 years] since the atmosphere at the dizzy heights of the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand has been in its dissonant, ear-splitting in arguably the world’s greatest football citadel.
Old Trafford had lost its fortress status having endured sticky spells that saw the once feared ground become merely a shadow of its former self after the retirement of the game’s and its greatest quarrister.
It starts out messed up under David Moyes whose stint saw United’s worst home form in over a decade losing to Swansea, Newcastle[previously beat United in 1972], West Brom[previously beat United in 1978] and Stoke[previously beat United in 1984]. To add insult to injury, the red devils under Moyes lost Home and Away to bitter rivals Manchester City, Liverpool and Everton for the first time since the Premiere Leagues inception.
Then came the Dutch tactician Louis Van Gaal, the long awaited ‘messiah’ whose antics as Netherlands coach saw him lead the Oranje to an unlikely 3rd place, a role he terribly failed in at the theatre of dreams. While he won the FA cup in his two year stint at the club, Van Gaal lead United to a Home defeat at the hands of Southampton, to Swansea home and away having spent £300 million on new players in the transfer season.
While Moyes was trying to abscond from Sir Alex’s shadow, Van Gaal was wallowing deep in Moyes’ forsaken shadow.
However, there hope and light at the end of the tunnel, Under Jose Mourinho this term, The red devils are flying and are restoring the fear that opposing visitors once had under the great Scot. In four home games, the Old Trafford outfit is yet to lose a game, scoring 13 goals without conceding a single goal in all competitions.
While the club is yet to welcome strong opposition at home, the recent 4-0 thrashing of Everton will send a strong message of intent as the league’s title contenders and restore the atmosphere that was dwindling for ages with high decibel levels, that Glory glory hostility and passion.