Siobhán Dockerty is our brand new signing for The Faithful. Here is her first article: A preview of our club’s match at OT vs Blackburn
The last few weeks have been an absolute roller coaster ride for Manchester United fans everywhere.
First we had to face our poor away form, a disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Rangers in the Champions League, the possibility of Wayne Rooney leaving the club, and the loss of Antonio Valencia. Then suddenly, in the past week or so, our luck seems to have changed. Wayne Rooney has apologised to the fans and is back in action (definitely still a little rusty, but showing promise), we’re yet to concede a goal in the Champions League, qualified for the knockout stages, second to Chelsea in the Premier League due only to goal difference, and also still undefeated. This weekend, then, Manchester United have got a lot to prove. Have we got what it takes to win the title? Is our luck about to change?
Will Wayne Rooney’s form improve even more? Will he become the player he was before he suffered his ankle injury? Only time will tell.
So far this season, Blackburn Rovers have had a mixed bag of results playing away from home – they have been defeated in four games, drawn twice, and won three. A trip to Old Trafford is always daunting, but playing against a Manchester United team who are very much focused on bringing the Premier League trophy back to Manchester will not be easy if our players are in form. Injuries, however, are bound to have an impact on Saturday’s game. Darren Fletcher is out for Manchester United, and Paul Scholes looks like a doubt. Scholes and Fletcher have been tremendous assets to our season so far, and it is a real possibility that our midfield will struggle without them. Several Blackburn Rovers players are also a doubt, with many facing medicals today to determine whether they will play on Saturday. Morten Gamst Pedersen was substituted due to injury during last week’s win against Aston Villa, and Brett Emerson is also a doubt. The pair are both carrying hamstring injuries.
A win tomorrow will take us to the top of the table for the first time this season. Admittedly, this may only last for 24 hours (Newcastle host Chelsea on Sunday) but it says a lot about Manchester United Football Club, the determination of our players, our brilliant manager, the comeback we’ve made, and the loyalty of our fans. Now we have to do what we do best – attack attack attack. We need three points, it is as simple as that. Life as a Manchester United fan is never easy (and sometimes frustrating) but we need to get behind our club and have faith that we can take three points away from this game.
This Saturday, there is one word that Manchester United fans need to hold close to their hearts – Believe.