Alright for some? I wasn’t there to see a mouse or ride on any roller coasters, though, I was working. One of my young teams were participating in a tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex which is on the Disney property and I must say that the facilities were immaculate and top class. I don’t say that lightly.
We didn’t win, but as I always tell the kids, it’s not always about winning when you’re young. It’s about developing and learning. I know it’s easier said than done, I would be inconsolable even if I lost a kick about when I was a kid. You have to learn and improve and overall, our time there was a fantastic experience.
Some of my thoughts were mentioned on the RetroUnited Podcast (which you can listen to by going here) but I just wanted to share my views of Manchester United’s own development so far this season.
They’re getting there. And that’s because their manager is a born winner, too. United have slowly improved over the last few weeks, to win their last four games. They got lucky at Arsenal but didn’t they earn that luck? It’s been a horrendous time with injuries. They did okay against Chelsea and against City until the sending off but it still felt like some way off being the United we know.
That will hopefully come in time, I want to see the return of the days when United go into those big games taking the game to the opposition and I know Louis – he’s a man who wants to play attacking football. It’s good to get points on the board and I want to be encouraged but I also don’t want to get carried away – we’ve played well in patches in our recent home wins but we’ve got to remember they were against Palace, Hull and Stoke.
Stoke were a bit more resolute – as you would expect they would be when Mark Hughes is back to Old Trafford – but, for me, still a little fearful. Maybe that’s a good sign, that the fear factor is returning to the ‘Theatre of Dreams’, but for me I think those recent results were just as much about the inconsistency of our opponents as our own quality. However, things are looking up.
It will be a Dutch reunion on Monday when United go to Southampton and I for one am looking forward to an entertaining game of football. Anyone who has read my autobiography will be aware of my love for the way that Dutch coaches and players like to play and even though Southampton have had a little dip recently, I think Ronald Koeman will approach this game relaxed and wanting his team to attack.
There will be some of the fear factor – there always is whenever United roll into town, and it’s growing once again – but let’s remember a few months ago the Saints were most people’s choices for relegation. It should make for an open game.
Win or lose, we’ll still be some way off knowing any concrete ideas about how United will fare, but just as I tell my young players – it’s about the journey just as much as the destination.