There is news floating around that Manchester United has approached Sahara for a shirt sponsorship deal. I was shocked when I read that! Manchester United currently has a deal with American International Group (AIG) for £56.5 million (about Rs 415 crore) which began in 2006. I knew Manchester United would be changing the current sponsor because AIG is in some financial troubles of its own, and United will surely want a new sponsor. But what I didn’t expect was the sponsor to be from India! Its said that United has sent a proposal to Sahara Group for the sponsorship, which Sahara has confirmed. Its big, really big. Manchester United is the biggest football club in the world, and the increasing fanbase in Asia and especially in India might prove to be a big factor. Sahara already sponsors the richest cricket team in the world, the Indian Cricket Team, and their shirt manufacturer is Nike, who also makes kits for Manchester United. I really hope this does materialise as it will really open up big platforms for Indian football.
“YESSS!!!” I must have scremed, yelled, shouted and whispered this word uncountable times tonight, and what a memorable night it has truly been. Manchester United has won the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. United deservingly won the trophy and did a double, winning the English Premier League and the UEFA Champions League. And the only goal for United coming from that boy Ronaldo. What a season he’s had. United dominated the first half, and just before half-time conceded a goal which was unlucky. And it stayed level in the extra time period to go into a penalty shootout, which was very nervy, but it was Manchester United who came on top and they are now the champions of England and the champions of Europe!!!
Didier Drogba justified why I hate him so much. He’s such a jerk. You cant just get into such a mess and expect to walk out. I’m sure he has played his last game in a Chelsea shirt. The nail biter of a shootout it was, which I spent clinching my United badge on the shirt the entire shootout, kissing it every time we scored the penalty, and all hell let loose when Edwin van der Sar stopped the spot kick from Anelka to win the trophy for United, sending me into a wild celebration. Its been a great display from the team in the whole season. What makes it so special is the fact that its Forty years after first winning the European Cup at Wembley in 1968, and 50 years since the Munich tragedy. Ryan Giggs overtook Sir Bobby Charlton’s appearance record to make his 759th appearance for United. Paul Scholes who missed the final last time in 1999, started the game, and even after taking a blow and bleeding during an incident in the first half, continued and was a big factor in the first half. United dominated the first half, but Chelsea came back strongly in the second. United then again were the better side in the extra time and deservingly won the penalty shootout.
Its been a memorable season, a season which started very slowly, with goals hard to come by initially, but then the solid defensive displays all over the season combined with the brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United got the double and underlined the statement that why they are the Champions. Sir Alex deserves it more than anyone, he’s been absolute solid personality, leading the team to this glorious night. Just a single European success didn’t reflect the true genius that he is. This team is truly among the best United has had and could well go on to become the best ever if they continue to show the character and grit during the last couple of seasons and build on the solid team we have. This team can go on to become the biggest and strongest team in Europe, which they already are, and for a long long time.