When Manchester United and Real Madrid were drawn against each other in the last 16 of the Champions League, tabloid journos no doubt would have been licking their lips at the prospect of Cristiano Ronaldo locking horns with his former teammates and Jose Mourinho doing another school playground jig down the Old Trafford touch-line come while the rest of us YouTubed that Ronaldo hat-trick and that Redondo skill that bamboozled Henning Berg.
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It’s amazing what a spell out of the side can do to your form, and another manager gives you the opportunity to prove your worth just as Roberto Di Matteo has done with John Obi Mikel. The Nigerian whose economical style of football will probably never see his name emblazoned on too many replica shirts around Fulham Broadway was out of favour with previous manager Andres Villas Boas, but under Di Matteo the deep-lying midfielder is reminding the world why there was such a tug of war between Manchester United and Chelsea for his services almost six years ago.
In a weekly addition to the football randomness, I’ll be picking out a game a little off the radar and giving my in-depth report on a match likely to get a lot less love in the newspapers the next day.
With a night free of English interest in the Champions League, the Sky Sports multi-screen roulette (closing my eyes and pressing a number on the remote) served up the second leg match between Sampdoria and Werder Bremen, which was perfect considering I watched the first leg last week.
16th May 1999: Andy Cole’s clinical finish early in the second half on the last day of the Premier League season sees United deservedly reclaim the title from rivals Arsenal. 22nd May 1999: Teddy Sheringham steps off the bench to inspire a comfortable outing at Wembley against Newcastle United adding the FA Cup to the league title won eight days previously. 26th May 1999: United now begin to dream, eleven players prepare to step out in front of a 91,000-strong Nou Camp crowd hoping they can deliver what would truly be an unprecedented moment in the history of Manchester United football club.