It’s been another one of those seasons that you wish would end prematurely but our case it is quite the opposite. Following Sunday’s traumatic events, Manchester United had no other choice but to postpone the game to another date — being Tuesday, 17 May.
Fans of both sides with tickets on Sunday will be granted free access to Old Trafford for the match tonight, although there is a little for the teams to play for. United have blown their chances of a top four finish and Bournemouth avoided relegated in their first year as a Premier League side.
However, the bookies will be busy regardless of there between little to play for tonight. You might even fancy a few accumulator tips with there being a Championship semi-final play-off between Hull City and Derby County, not to mention ties in an array of foreign leagues.
But tonight does not see the end of United’s season with a trip to Wembley on Saturday where Louis van Gaal’s side face Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final. The Reds have not won the competition since 2004 against Millwall, so they ought to catch up with Arsenal who currently hold more FA Cup triumphs than any other English club.
This is also a great chance for Van Gaal to leave the club on a high. We’re still very much expecting the Dutchman to be replaced by former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho this summer as United look to progress after three seasons of torment since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
The United faithful may have witnessed more attacks at Old Trafford on Sunday than all season, but tonight we’re really not expecting much of a glamour tie. United have their eyes on the FA Cup while Bournemouth are already on holiday.
It should be a night for debutants — the u21s won their league this season and it’s the least they deserve for their efforts. Plus, Van Gaal could do with his side not picking up any knocks or injuries ahead of Saturday, which is his first and probably last chance to win silverware as United manager.
Meanwhile, ahead of the final this weekend, Emmanuel Adebayor tells press he wants to be remembered in England like Didier Drogba. Pass me over whatever it is he’s smoking while the only thing I will remember Drogba for is getting utterly smashed by Jonny Evans at Old Trafford, resulting in the Chelsea forward almost having a fit on the ground.
Hopefully tonight goes to plan and we avoid any security fuck ups. Lets get this season out of the way, win the FA Cup and start fresh again in August.