At the time I didn’t actually realise but after it dawned on me; it was the first time we had beaten one of the the big teams without either Giggs, Scholes or Neville starting well at least according to David Sadler’s column in the the M.E.N. A similar team had done a number on Blackburn a few weeks ago but Arsenal aren’t Blackburn and this would prove a much sterner test.
As he said all teams that are going through a stage of rebuilding need a major scalp to get the process really running and on Monday I think we got that and just as important we got it whilst all 3 of the old guard were still at the club. The confidence amongst the young players must be high as a win like that can inspire thoughts that they can actually carry on the legacy. If the game had taken place when Giggs, Neville and Scholes had left a lot more emphasis would have been placed on the fact and that could have weighed heavily on them but on Monday they were allowed to play without that stress and these ‘heirs’ Nani, Rafael and Anderson all passed the test, proving that they may indeed be able to step up to the plate, quashing previous fears about them.
The game this Sunday against Chelsea will be a further test and away from home I can see Sir Alex to reintroducing some experience into the team but if he goes with the same team that faced Arsenal I won’t be worried as our players are no longer looking like stand ins, rather they are looking the part.
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