Second tier club Millwall finished in 10th position during the 2003-04 season so it was hardly surprising that Manchester United prevailed 3-0 in that years FA Cup Final at Cardiff’s Millenium Stadium. As much as the brave London club may dispute it however, the Cup was really won at Villa Park the previous month when Paul Scholes drove the ball home after 32 minutes for a hard fought 1-0 semi final defeat of Arsenal. United have not lifted the trophy again since and as Sir Alex Ferguson says ‘It’s time we won it again”
Winning the Premier League is one of the toughest tasks in world sport – and it has been made just that little bit harder for Manchester United. Two weather hit, postponed away matches have now been rescheduled with the trip to Blackpool taking place on January 25 and a visit to title holders Chelsea set down for Tuesday March 1. The West London fixture was initially due to be played last Sunday but was postponed – possibly prematurely, due to heavy snowfall around Stamford Bridge. That date is subject to change however if either side has an FA Cup replay to fit into an already tight schedule. Should both teams be eliminated from the competition in the third or fourth round, the fixture could be brought forward to an earlier weekend – and I for one am hoping for it!
The 2-1 pre season defeat in Kansas City by the Wizards this morning was not the first suffered in America by Manchester United. The club has been visiting the country for decades while a number of former stars have either played there for a few years towards the end of their careers or started a new life on the other side of the world. One of those who may be remembered is Gordon Hill who was brought to Old Trafford by former manager Tommy Docherty in November 1975 for £70,000 from Millwall at the age of 21.