Football often throws up some delicious ironies. They often happen when least expected with not just one coincidence, not even two or three but as in the current season, a hard to believe FOUR times – and that’s only if I happened to overlook any other instances. Just imagine what the betting odds would have been back in August for the following combination of winners to happen simultaneously. Perhaps every one of them was simply written in the stars.
Antonio Valencia is looking forward to the day he can raise his arm to his daughter again – but this time with the Premier League trophy in his hand. The last time he did it was to reassure little five year old Domenica as he was carried off on a stretcher in agony at Old Trafford. It was on September 14 last year when Valencia fell awkwardly following a challenge from Rangers’ Kirk Broadfoot suffering a broken and dislocated left ankle. Now, eight months later, he’s on the brink of a Premier and Champions League double with Manchester United.
Football and cricket have virtually nothing in common right? Apart from there being another Old Trafford in Manchester where test matches are played that is. So why is that statement being made by someone who finds cricket tedious on the verge of boring and confesses to knowing nothing about it. Because there may be a lesson to be learned from the recent Ashes series for Manchester United and their fans, a reality check if you like. Englands comprehensive defeat of Australia proved once again that long term success and total domination of any sport must eventually come to an end.