While the majority of the focus this season may have been on the blue half of Manchester after Pep’s side roared into a very commanding position at the top of the Premier League, things have actually been bubbling along nicely in the red half of Manchester too.
They’re second in the league, through to the last 16 of the Champions League and still in the FA Cup too. Things have taken a very exciting upturn though over the last few days or so for various different reasons.
The most exciting news is probably the fact that United managed to fend off City in the race to sign Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean has been one of the best players in the league since arriving from Barcelona just over three years ago and he will undoubtedly help take Manchester United to the next level and ultimately move them closer to City too. With Sanchez also being available for selection in the Champions League, he will be crucial in Manchester United’s chase for success this season.
There’s also been news of Michael Carrick’s intended retirement at the end of the season and while some may see this as a possible negative, in actual fact, it’s not. Carrick, 36, who was diagnosed with an irregular heart rhythm earlier in the season and who has since undergone corrective surgery, looks set to join United’s coaching staff when his playing days come to an end in May. This is a great move by the club as Carrick has always been a model professional throughout his playing days and has also played at the very highest levels.
The latest piece of news to come out of Old Trafford is that manager Jose Mourinho has extended his contract as manager until at least 2020 and there is also the option of a further year following that too. Mourinho has been instrumental in getting Manchester United back on track and is also the kind of manager that a lot of the world’s finest footballers want to play for too. It’s also proof that Mourinho is trying to build a legacy at United and is not at the club just for the short term.
You could also class the news that United have retained their status as the world’s richest football club for another year as exciting too. They weren’t in the Champions League last season but they did manage to win the Europa League and this was instrumental in them staying ahead of Real Madrid who are currently the second richest side on the planet. It’s actually the tenth time United have been named as the richest football club in the world and it’s a status that they will want to retain too.
Great Times Ahead
It’s certainly a good time to be a United fan or to even keep an eye on things as a neutral. They’re going about their business well and at times some of it does go unnoticed. The signing of Sanchez though, especially in a straight swap deal, is huge and knowing that Mourinho is committed to the project for possibly another 3 years minimum has got to be seen as a giant step in the right direction too.