The Happiness of Watching Manchester United
100 Days of Happiness – Day 4
I love football. In school days, I used to play goalkeeper for my class team, and had fun when I did. But I love watching football even more than playing. And I’ve supported one team since the last seventeen years, and that is Manchester United. I’ve grown up watching the greats like Schmeichel, Giggs, Scholes and van Nistelrooy make their mark under Sir Alex Ferguson, and cheered the likes of Ronaldo and Rooney too.
I remember my sister-in-law asking me if I supported United just because they were the champions. Not at all. I’ve seen few friends change their support to the likes of Barcelona and Madrid, but my support hasn’t wavered through their trophyless seasons. And it won’t in the future either. I love their attacking style. The team has been in transition for a couple of seasons now, and that’s taken its toll, with two sub-par seasons. But it seems like they’re finding their feet now under Louis van Gaal. And they’re a joy to watch.
Happiness is watching Manchester United play, and talking to my fellow Red Devils’ fans too, but most of all, it is seeing them back at the top of the points table, even if it is early in the season. It’s where the fans are accustomed to seeing them, and they’re back there after more than two years. I’m cheering them on to stay there.
(© 26th September 2015)