Like every other Manchester United fan I was highly disappointed when Everton got the better of us in the penalty shoot out in the FA Cup semi final. I have to admit however that I am now having second thoughts!
Let me try to explain why. Imagine coming home from Rome on a Thursday in either 1) a euphoric state having won the European champions league and becoming the first club to successfully retain the trophy or 2) devasted at having lost the showpiece final.
How difficult would it have been to then prepare for an FA Cup final two days later? What sort of team would have Ferguson fielded?
If the team that took the field in the semi was considered to be guilty of degrading the FA Cup, what would the feeling be if the same thing was done in the actual final? Yet can Ferguson be blamed for doing so under the circumstances?
Maybe, just maybe, the FA should come to terms with the fact that their Cup is now totally overshadowed by the European one and consider bringing the final forward to April.
The other more sensible alternative is to allow the clubs which has qualified for Europe the option of not participating in the FA Cup.
My love affair with Manchester United began very shortly after I migrated to Australia with my family in 1956.
Football had already been my passion but being isolated in a country where it meant nothing to anyone except fellow migrants, I began following English football closely through subscription magazines like the Charles Buchan Football Monthly and World Soccer which incidentally, I've still got stored away after more than 50 years.
The Munich disaster happened when I was 15 years old and the bond was formed. Matt Busby, Bobby Charlton and others became childhood heroes. The FA Cup was won just 5 years later then, when that was followed by the European Cup in 1968, the love affair was complete!
With George Best in 1991
Throw in legends like Denis Law and George Best into the mix and it’s not hard to imagine why the club became part of my life even though I was living thousands of miles away from Old Trafford.
The many events connected with the club in the years since has only cemented a connection which will remain until the end of my days.