World Football 1

This was posted… should have been scheduled.  Ooops.  It’s only 3 days early.

Sure, I let the first “World Football” just be a generic post… but now I get to make them into a column.  Why not, right?  Better graphics will eventually come, of course, but this one will do for now.

By the time you read this post, the Barclay’s Premier League “early” games will have already completed.  That means that Manchester United hosting Swansea City will have already ended with what I’m predicting to be a 3-0 result.  Manchester United is my team, yes, but I don’t think that Swansea City has what it takes to hold MU down.

For the season as a whole, I’m thinking that the top five will be Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea,   Liverpool, and Manchester City.  Is that a safe bet?  Sure… but those aren’t in the particular order I think they’ll finish.  I won’t put them in a particular order, yet, but I do want to talk a little bit about the season as a whole.

Last season was tough for Manchester United fans.  We “sucked it up” a bit on the pitch and I can’t say that I was entirely surprised by the whole scenario.  I wasn’t all that confident we’d do well without Sir Alex and I was proven right.  Part of the problem was that no matter was Moyes did, he would not be able to do enough.  NEVER follow THE guy, because you’ll never live up to expectations.

Now, Moyes was worse than I expected he’d be and I’m glad he got the boot already.  We shall see if  van Gaal can do any better.  I sort of shut down in the middle of last season and I’m just starting to wake back up so I can’t say as I know much about van Gaal, but I’ll be interested to catch whatever matches I can catch.  I won’t, however, be watching Manchester United at 6 in the morning… mainly because I’d have nowhere to watch it.

In the end, I follow many teams in many leagues… because if I’m going to be stuck somewhere and there is soccer on, at least I can root for someone.  I like Celtic, Barcelona, River Plate, Dortmund, DC United (and soon Portland Timbers)… there are more but I don’t want to list every team because I honestly don’t know if I could.  In the end, if Manchester United is playing, I’m watching them.

Here’s hoping to a winning season!