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September 19, 2018

Jokes aside, United are best placed EPL side to overturn Champs League loss in return matches

Manchester United's Robin van Persie celebrates after winning their English Premier League soccer match against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, central England, April 14, 2013.
Manchester United's Robin van Persie celebrates after winning their English Premier League soccer match against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, central England, April 14, 2013.

Have I been so mean to Manchester United supporters in the past such that even when I’m praising them, they take it as an insult?

I truly believe that between Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United, United are best placed to turn around their Champions League loss during the return legs of the current stage.

Arsenal and City will be going away to current and former Champions and playing in Munich and Barcelona will not be easy for the two English clubs. But there was a time, long long ago when no-one could beat United at Old Trafford.

Certainly not teams like West Brom, Newcastle, Tottenham, Swansea, Everton… actually no team could beat United at home.

A year ago, I wouldn’t have made fun of Sir Alex Ferguson because it would be a certainty that United would beat Olympiakos even 5-0 at Old Trafford in the return leg.

But still, even though I don’t sound encouraging, United can still win at home. We’ve seen Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie turn on the charm at the drop of a hat.

Several other United players like Michael Carrick and Patrick Evra still have the power to pounce on any team that dares descend on Old Trafford. I think it’s a mental thing and I’m quite sure that Sir Alex will step in and ensure that his darling club isn’t eliminated disgracefully from the Champions League.

As for those Red Devils who are telling Arsenal fans to stop making fun of them because we too are on our way out of the Champions League; my answer to that is always: “but we’re used to it!”

And “when manager Arsene Wenger did not buy a striker in the January transfer window, it was pretty obvious that our odds of getting past Bayern were slim.”

Not impossible guys, just slim. Remember what we did last season in Munich eh? Good! Now, we just need to do one better. But that can only happen if Wenger wakes up and selects a starting 11 worthy of a Champions League contest.

No disrespect to Yaya Sanogo, but we need experience at such times. This is all a possibility. But the only certainty is that Chelsea will qualify for the next round and probably be the only English team in the quarters.

Getting a draw away is always a target, while aiming for a big win at home. All that said: Once again English teams are struggling against the big boys in Europe.

Onto local football and I just want to wish Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards all the best as they enter the first round of the CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup respectively.

Gor face a team that’s won the Champions League countless times in Esperance of Tunisia, while Ingwe are already in South Africa (I write this as they still await their visas in Nairobi) to face former PSL Champions, Supersport United. It will be a tough test for both our sides but this is football and you never know.

Those of you in Nairobi, I urge you to turn up at the Nyayo Stadium tomorrow and cheer along the green soldiers!

Let’s pack that stadium and make so much noise to the point where the Tunisians are so unsettled, that they cannot play.

But in all our cheering guys, let’s keep the peace.

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