It’s difficult to say with absolute certainly how many great sides Sir Alex Ferguson has built in his near quarter century at Old Trafford because one has often tended to morph into another but it’s becoming clear that he is now well on the way towards creating his final team before handing over the reins to his successor. Another piece of the jigsaw is being prepared as Ferguson looks towards securing a long term replacement for his 40 year old goalkeeper with 19 year old Spaniard David De Gea, nicknamed Van der Gea by his team mates at Atletico Madrid for his similarity to Manchester United’s Edwin van der Sar, both for his appearance and goalkeeping style.
Most of United fans know Diego Forlan as a flop signing who could score 16 goals in a total of 85 appearances with Manchester United. But the Uruguay international striker is having a remarkable World Cup in South Africa scoring three goals and sending his country to the semi finals.
It was heard as late as last Saturday, a cry of “Lucky United”. It’s said that luck evens itself out, but does it? Even when it always seems to favour United? “It’s a quality that’s part of our history” says Sir Alex Ferguson. A whole chapter of the Manchester United story can be devoted to the team’s last minute winners and for the victims it can be soul destroying, just like it was at Eastlands. United have reserved their most callous acts this season for their City neighbours – 90+6, 90+2, 90+3.