October 2008


In India, the biggest Hindu festival is that of Diwali and the 3 day extravaganza just finished yesterday. These days are hectic and fun, prayer and games and the best of crackers. Diwali is the fetival of Lights and it is a joy to enjoy it in its true sense. I would recommend all of the readers who have never seen the festival being celebrated to come to India next year to experience the true bliss. Diwali also marks the begining of the new year in the Hindu calendar. So Happy New Year!!!!

P.S. Normal service on the blog shall resume now!!!

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If you have read my preview, I had, against all odds, predicted a 4-0 to United, but unless I am living in some alternate Universe, I was hugely mistaken. If the first half was something to go by, the predicted result was easily achievable. We dominated the game, kept Everton stuck in their own half and Fletch scored a peach of a goal that even a Kaka or Ronaldinho would be proud of.

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With the performances of our team returning to normal andthe return of players from injuries imminent, SAF has come out and given the team a target to ensure their revival from their early season slump. Yesterday, Fergie gave one of his classic interviews and it was interesting to note the number of things that he covered in very few words.

It is known to all that Fergie shares my hatred for the English Press and he gave them a knock in their butts yesterday. When asked about what he thinks about Rooney’s target of scoring his 100th goal in the game and the quality of his performances off late, SAF replied with his usual pompousness:

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In the past few posts that I have mentioned the boy, I have given him a lot of flak and made it evident that I am not over the moon about his abilities like I was in the last 5 seasons, but the latest news in the media got me defending our boy and fighting for him in the forums just like the summer never happened. It is at that point when I realized that Ronaldo is already a United legend and whatever he does from now on, we United fans will always remember him at Old Trafford. Our anger is temporary, but our love for him is permanent. This does not mean that I will not give him the flak that he deserves, but I will surely not let a non-united fan rant about how selfish or arrogant he is.

The Press is full of the stories of Ronaldo giving an interview to Gazetto Della Sport saying that he is confident of winning the Ballon D’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year Awards. When asked about his chances, he had this to say:

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Two matches back to back against Arsenal and United would definitely be a tough ask for any team, but if there is a team that would fancy their chances to get at least one result in these games, it has to be Everton.

Whilst Goodison Park has been a happy hunting ground for us in the past few years, it is by no means an easy game. They have the quality to beat anyone in the League day and would have expected to knock on the heels of the top four this season after another season where they finished 5th. David Moyes has managed and created a good team which believes in playing football but has been unable to generate any real threat to the domination of the top 4. The Toffees hopes however have already faded with them languishing in 16th Place without a single win at home and having just managed a single point in four outings there.

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Remember the name David Beckham, he is not lying in oblivion is he.

David Beckham will always remain a reds favourite and even though the player is more famous amongst the paparazzi and is the most popular pin up boy that football has produced, he cannot be questioned over his temperament and commitment towards the game and the undoubted skill that he possesses. So, when Beckham left Real Madrid for LA Galaxy, it came as a surprise to the footballing world that a player, nowhere close to the end of his career, chose a semi-retirement by going to a league that was in no way competitive enough for maintaining high performance levels. People said that he moved for the money and the lure of Hollywood.

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Man United reserves emulated the senior teams scoreline and put three past the second string of our local rivals City yesterday. The more and more the reserve season progress, Solksjaer is proving that he can Coach as well as he could finish. His teams set out to play the United way and have been banging in goals thus far.

The more interesting things from this game were that Rafael played and impressed again, the other Brazilian, Possebon, returned after what looked like a horrific injury and Manucho got another game to regain fitness and show SAF what he is capable of.

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