Time of our lives

The likes of Nani and Wayne Rooney are clearly enjoying their football at the moment, as United chase glory in the Barclays Premier League and UEFA Champions League.

Fixtures to look forward to include Liverpool (21 March) and Chelsea (3 April), plus the two-legged Champions League quarter final (30/31 March, 6/7 April), the draw for which takes place this Friday 19 March.
15/03/2010 11:49, Report by Stewart Gardner, MUTV
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Exciting times ahead

MUTV commentator and presenter Stewart Gardner can't wait for the rest of March, April and hey, let's not forget May, to unfold...

What a fantastic few weeks we have in prospect, with home league games against Liverpool and Chelsea and a Champions League quarter final to look forward to.

It’s all shaping up to become one of the most exciting ends to a season Old Trafford has ever seen in its 100-plus years. Sadly the same cannot be said for the man who made a long-awaited return to the stadium last week.

I’m sure there are many fans who feel sympathy for David Beckham today. For the second time in four days, he left a football match in tears. On Wednesday at Old Trafford, it was tears of emotion after he was given the most rousing of ovations by the United supporters. At the San Siro on Sunday night he must have cried tears of frustration after his World Cup dreams were shattered by an Achilles injury.

It’s a real shame. Beckham showed in his brief cameo performance against United that he would have been a more than useful member of England’s World Cup squad. And it’s a major blow for a guy who, in my experience, is always tremendous to deal with and is great with the fans.

Beckham’s injury also shows that a footballer can be struck down at any time. He wasn’t involved in any sort of a tackle but has ended up facing months on the sidelines. It’s a chastening thought when you consider what would happen if something similar affected Wayne Rooney. Someone made the unwise decision to ask Sir Alex at last Friday’s press conference what would happen to United if Rooney got injured. The boss just gave him the most withering of stares. Let’s not even think about it – just touch wood, don’t walk under a ladder or run over a black cat!

Rooney was tremendous once again on Sunday. Where will his goalscoring exploits end? I’m sure he would be the first to admit that he benefited from some terrific service against Fulham, particularly from Dimitar Berbatov for his second goal.

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