I’m not one to follow friendlies, and I don’t believe the results mean much. However, in this case I have been monitoring the progress of the “new” Red Devils. The “new” emphasis is not directed at the new signings, but rather the new formation, strategy, and mission of United. I am desperate to see how they attempt to answer the question left by the departure of Ronaldo. I know Tevez left too, but that question was answered before he chose his own fate. The chasm left by such a game changing player is surely going to be felt, and I am as curious as ever to see how United, and Sir Alex respond.
Here is why I am left cautiously optimistic. The entire United strike force has found the back of the net. Owen has netted two, including a game winner. Rooney seems to be in mid-season form. Macheda scored a mature striker’s goal. And Berbatov even headed home (last year he headed over quite consistently). I know these are friendlies, however, I also know how important it is to a striker to find the back of the net, even if it is a friendly.
Only 15 days my friends (Community Shield match, 21 days for the rest of you lot). I just got the chills.