Reasons to be cheerful have been few and far between for Scotland supporters in recent years especially during Craig Levein’s fateful reign in charge but his replacement Gordon Strachan is doing his best to restore the faith in the national side when it is at an all time low. His first win as Scotland manager came in the largely uneventful friendly against Estonia earlier this year, but it’s his first competitive win away to Croatia in a World Cup qualifying campaign that was already over when he replaced Levein that suggests there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
It’s a rarity to be posting twice on one day but thought it was worthy to round-up what Manchester United players that have played under Ferguson managed to squeeze into 140 characters what they made of the United manager stepping down and the impact the Scot had on their careers. There’s some great pictures in there as well.
Twitter timeline, Facebook news feed, radio phone-ins, Sky Sports yellow ticker, front and back page of the Standard. For Manchester United supporters Wednesday May 8th 2013 will be remembered as the day one of the greatest football managers to have graced the game decided that it was time to call it a day.
It was apparently the one distinguishing item that Ferguson could tell the two apart, but now there is so much more that divides the swashbuckling fullbacks plucked from Fluminese after catching the eye of the United scouts almost ten years ago.
Of all the players at Valencia that will have lamented the loss of Jordi Alba in the summer, Jeremy Mathieu must have wondered what life would be without his left sided partner in crime.
Cast your mind back 12 years to the 2002 World Cup. The first time the Jules Rimet trophy would be held aloft on Asian soil. Spanish hands were closer than English ones that’s for sure but as a 20-year old Joaquin stepped up to take a penalty against the surprise package of the tournament the Korea Republic the internet archives will show that tame strike was saved and Hong Myung-Bo put Guus Hiddink’s side through to the semi-finals at the expense of La Roja.
It speaks volumes that the first time the Chelsea youngster opted to clear his lines didn’t arrive until the closing minutes of a game where Watford should have walked away with all the three points if not for a string of defensive errors.