AFC United – Part 12: To Elland Back | @Matt_C_Wills

Merry Monday. I’ve spent my weekend nursing a sick toddler. Hopefully Matt will have more success with the end of season run-in for AFC United. Is the title challenge on?

It’s Monday, lockdown restrictions are loosening a bit more, but can my team of Man Utd cast off’s tighten their grip at the top of the Premier League in their maiden season?

Here’s where we left things:

It’s hard to think we’re nearly at the end of our 4th season in such a position. It seems like only yesterday I was editing the stats of David Bro…..er, setting up this blog save…..

Leicester are at the bottom of the pile, 8 points from safety, and that’s where we keep them. Sorry Robbie Savage.

Fergie Jnr is on the move, stuck behind Paul Ince in the pecking order, he opts for mid-table Everton over relegation battlers Wolves. Good luck Dazza, although I get an odd text message from Alex Ferguson. ‘No more loans 4 ur project now m8’ – strange.

Chelsea next in the league and some unfamiliar faces get on the score sheet, which is always welcome

Back into European action and its a slender lead to take back to Germany in a fortnight, hopefully that away goal won’t cost us

With Fergie Jnr gone, we’re a bit short on defensive midfielders, so an injury to Ince is a bit of a blow

I know what will be a good idea, play Clayton Blackmore there.

It doesn’t go well

Oh Carroll, I am but a fool

No worries on the return league with Borussia MGB with Bozzy in goal though. He didn’t have much to do, to be fair.

Confirmation, so into the semi’s we go. I know who I would rather face…

Ideal. Although the press are calling the other tie, the ‘real final’. I’m sure I can use this as motivation for the lads.

Oh, not so ideal. Graeme is a trusty back up when needed. Hopefully he’ll be back for the run in

We’re up against second placed Leeds next and it takes a late, late goal by Nevvers to maintain our 6 point lead at the top. Man Utd fan Andy Mitten shockingly playing for Leeds. Maybe.

Liverpool pick up the first ‘major’ trophy of the season. Oddly they have signed Michael Duberry….

Cup Winners Cup Semi-final time and we really struggle to overcome a Greek team with only 3 real players. We’re lucky an own goal gives us an advantage for the return leg.

It’s better fortunes in the league and recent cup winners Liverpool are absolutely battered by a rampant Nevland.

Man Utd bested us in the Charity Shield at the start of the season, but we won the first league meeting 2-0 and follow it up with a 2-1 victory here

So our record against Fergie and Man Utd now reads:

P 3 W 2 D 0 L 1 F 6 A 6

That’ll do me

Just like earlier in the season, beating Man Utd is great, but doesn’t mean a lot if you then go and lose to Sunderland. To be fair to the lads, it was 2 days later and I made wholesale changes. Nice to give Hogg and McGrath a run out. Keen is the regen of Danny Wallace but I’m not convinced…

The other reason for resting those players was the return leg in Europe just a few days later and I’m justified with that decision. Their 3 real players were no match after all

It’ll be Real Madrid in the final. It’ll be a tough one for sure

Back to league action and our run in continues with a win against Wimbledon. Dare we dream big?

Erik’s great form earns him his first cap with Norway, well deserved

While David Brown goes one better and scores a brace against the Luxembourgers

Four games to go and we’re ten points clear at the top

A win against Sheffield United should do it….

Yes!

Amazing, with 3 games to spare. That early season form really served us well

Palace are Ravn mad after that red card

The celebrations are going to our head too early

German efficiency in the EUFA Cup

With the Cup Winners Cup final looming I rest my first team for the final game against Everton and it backfires and takes a bit of shine off the title celebrations and trophy presentation, but who cares, Division 3 to Premiership champions in 4 seasons, incredible scenes.

Confirmation of the final standings

Even with those 2 losses, we still finished 6 points clear.

Perennial survivors Coventry live to fight another day. See you later Kasey Keller.

So here we go for our first ever European Cup Final. The press are running parallels with Fergie who won the FA Cup and then the Cup Winners Cup to kick start a dynasty. From that 1991 win over Barcelona, we’ve got Ince and Blackmore in the squad. Sharpey is still injured so Class of 92 George Switzer gets the nod over Chris Casper.

So, like United, we face Spanish opposition and looking at Real Madrid’s line up, I have a lot to fear.

Well, there wasn’t much to fear. Oli put them 1-0 up, but Brown wiped that out within a minute and Nevland makes it 2-1 before the break. Madrid strike early after the interval but we have far too much in the second half. We started the season with a 5-2 loss and finish with a 5-2 win.

Lifting a European trophy on Leeds United’s ground is particularly sweat.

A shock indeed. I can see what Nick is dealing with every Tuesday now….

Man Utd salvage a disappointing season with an FA Cup win to deny Liverpool a domestic double

And go one better against Milan in the Champions League

Fergie proving he’s still top dog in Manchester.

Time to have a look at those end of season stats. Good return from the front two.

The only guys who didn’t play this season were Robert Trees and the regens of Sealey (McCann), Schmeichel (Kremer) and McClair (Harvey).

Fergie’s cup exploits give him the managers award, but David Brown’s natural exploits are well recognised.

We get £10m for winning the league, which puts us back in the black. The board generously decide to top that up…

…and then spend it all, and more on more seats

Trees ups roots and moves to York for £600k or 1,500 seats.

We then spend 3,750 seats on Juan Seba Veron to eventually replace the aging Paul Ince.

This close season, Blanc says yes. I’ll stop with the seats/pounds exchange rates. I’m just hoping these signings will put bums on seats.

I spun on past the end of season update and surprisingly there were no retirements, so McGrath, Hogg and Blackmore all seem keen on a tilt at the Champions League.

Brian McClair junior is off. Loaning out and selling regens might be a nice little side hustle…

Thanks Italy, but I want to concentrate on knocking Fergie off his perch

I’ve done successive promotions before, but never had a run of winning all 4 titles in a row. 69 goals scored isn’t a lot though. Shows how much we have relied on Brown and Nevland.

I could stop there, but I love this team, I want to see how far we can go and get more wins over Fergie and Man Utd. we’ll be back next week as defending champions and see what Champions League football has in store for us. Cheers!

Leave a Reply