Love em, or hate em, United are still top dogs of Europe!
If ever there was a warning signal that needed to be sounded, Manchester United did ring it and how! Inflicting the biggest semi-final defeat on Schalke at Old Trafford, United turned the tables on the brash Barcelona side proclaiming, 'You want us, come get us'!
All season long critics and detractors wouldn't stop churning out anti-United tirades, but what should have brought down the Red Devils has only fueled their desire to now bring them at a point where the cynics are at a loss of words!
Such is the fabric of the Red half of Manchester at M16, Sir Matt Busby Way that the bigger the adversity the stronger the will to overcome.
A man who has contributed to this legacy of 'cometh the hour, cometh the Reds' phenomena has been a certain Scot who has been at the helm of affairs at the most valuable and respected club in the world for a mere 24 years, 5 months and 28 days.
Sir Alex Ferguson represents everything that is Manchester United.
United began the season with their worst start since the inception of Premier League, and had you told someone that the United eleven will be walking out to the Wembley turf on 28th May 2010, you would have either been cursed to world's end or conveniently ignored and dismissed. Even a true United fan was not at the top of the moon when the club was languishing at a lowly fourth spot.
Yes, I say languishing because Manchester united have been accustomed to the zenith of every competition they are a part of!
And so followed the same in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League, inspite of an out-of- form Wayne Rooney and a struggling midfield dynamic the Red Devils still managed to keep a clean sheet in all tis away matches and maintained the best defensive record in the early half. Invaluable contributions from the unusual suspects like Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez and Anderson ensured that the red half of Mancunia met Marseille.
Draw away and win at home policy came out trumps as United made its way towards their English nemesis and 2007 Champions League finalists, Chelsea.
Wayne Rooney came up trumps carrying on his superb run-in form sealing Chelsea's fate and 'unconvincing' United still made good headway to the top of Europe's pile of elite.
Manchester United's triumph over Schalke over two legs only rammed home the point that unlike sadists, United are not ebbing but flowing!
The Wembley final features the English against the Spanish titans!
And United's journey through to the showpiece event brings a certain song to the mind, whose lyrics went 'I get knocked down, but I get up again, you're never gonna keep me down!
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