For now, I’ll have to make do with watching on enviously as England take on Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley on Sunday.

 

I wish England well, despite the conflicting emotions I mentioned earlier. I’ll never feel for England the same way I do about United, but their current team is one I really respect and admire.

 

As Gary Neville mentioned on national television after the extra-time win over Denmark, Gareth Southgate is a superb leader, rich in humility, logic and compassion. It’s a diverse team made up of players from all kinds of backgrounds and is truly reflective of our football culture and our society. Hopefully, this squad is a vision of our future, our real ‘sunlit uplands’: principled, united and tolerant.

 

And hopefully the scenes at Wembley are a taste of what’s to come this season at our beloved Old Trafford.

The opinions in this story are personal to the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United Football Club.

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