WATCHING DREAMS COMING TRUE
Joe Ganley, Club Reporter
Do you really need to watch another United-related film that climaxes with the Nou Camp in ‘99? Of course you do, you silly sausage – nothing better has ever happened, in the history of the world. However, Never Give In reveals its real X-factor in the first half, when the boss opens up on his foundational days in the Govan shipyards, at Rangers, at Aberdeen. 

That said, inevitably it was Barcelona that had my hairs standing on end, my eyes welling up, the butterflies whirling around my stomach. Watching Sir Alex’s body language throughout those final minutes of the match, as his willingness to gamble allowed Bayern an endless raft of chances to finish us off, made the miracle fresh again. You saw the weight of the world on his shoulders; his helplessness. He’d played his cards – sending Sheringham and Solskjaer on, throwing every player forward. Now all he could do was wait. He received the most brilliant reward for his bravery and daring, but in those moments before our goals, he looked profoundly human: nervous, vulnerable, afraid. Watching that, and then all his dreams coming true, is humbling. 

There’s no attention-seeking or running onto the pitch; just a man sharing the greatest moment of his life with his colleagues, his players – there’s a great hug with Roy Keane and Paul Scholes – and then, finally, his family. It was a reminder that one man made this unbelievable event happen, and he was more like us than we realise.

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