A RED dream forBy Abhishek Choudhury, Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune
Old Trafford, Manchester• Also known as „The Theatre of Dreams‟. (Dreams. Hmmm… That sounds familiar)• Capacity - approx. 76,000.
The Dream• Visit Old Trafford, Manchester on a European night.• Watch The Red Devils play live.
The Dream (continued)• Sit in the South Stand/Sir Alex Ferguson Stand/ Stretford End.• Sing the club anthem on the top of my voice.
Why Manchester United F.C.?• Because it taught me that no Dream is small.• Because it taught me the biggest lesson I‟ve learnt- NEVER GIVE UP!• Because everyday it teaches me to Believe.
My Love for Manchester UnitedI started following the club in 1998 after I got a taste of football through the Football World Cup at France. And well, there‟s no looking back. That is the year Manchester United won the famous „Treble‟ – The UEFA Champions League, The Premier League, and The Football Association (F.A.) Cup. During those years the rivalry between United and Arsenal was on its peak, and by far it was (and it still is) my favorite fixture of the year. Then came the Chelsea era and blue was the color in the air. But Manchester United never gave up. Sir Alex Ferguson, the most successful manager in the history of English football, rebuilt the team and Manchester United were champions again.This is when from being a simple fan, I started to love Manchester United. I had just joined my under-graduation course at Manipal Institute of Technology. This was the first time I was away from home, and I started to feel the brunt of it. I made some friends but as luck would have it, none would be around me. I had lost all hope and was all alone. Till then an introvert, I never tried to make new friends.That year Manchester United made an amazing comeback. One of the worst starts to the season. Then with a little more effort and lots of belief they made a comeback. Slowly and steadily they climbed up the premier league table. And by the end of the year, they were on top. The 2006-07 season Manchester United won from Chelsea by a comfortable margin. contd…
…contdIt was this time around Sir Alex Ferguson continuously repeated the word “Believe” and always said, „We never give up‟. Manchester United won 11 matches that season in the last 10 minutes of the game: Fulham, Liverpool (at Anfield :D ), AC Milan to name a few.I started to realize that there is more to learn from Manchester United than just How to play football. I started to read about their history- The Busby Babes, The Munich crash and the comeback made by United when they won the European Cup. I learnt about how Sir Alex Ferguson came back from the brink of being sacked to win the FA Cup in 1991. And the rest, as they called was history. I realized all the more the importance of the win at Nou Camp in 1999 when United won in the dying seconds of the match. The absence of friends around me gave me time to learn about the best club in the world.I started to implement Sir Alex Ferguson‟s words. I started to believe in myself. I started to believe that I was no less than others. I started fighting, against my own fears. And it was during this time I transformed myself. I was more confident and more outgoing. I made new friends (who are still with me). I changed for the better.In short, I learnt how to live.The following years were all the more glorious for Manchester United. They won the Champions League for the 3rd time in their history, won the 19th league title to overtake bitter rivals Liverpool as the most successful team in England. Sir Alex recently completed his 25th year at the club.The story goes on at Manchester United.My story has just this small part missing- a trip to Old Trafford to watch Manchester United play.
My dream has a cost. Category CostTrip from Pune to Delhi Rs. 7500Round Trip from New Delhi to Manchester approx. Rs 55000Accomodation cost (5 days) approx. Rs 50000Match Day tickets and Manchester United Museum at Old trafford 60-65 pounds- approx. Rs. 5000Miscellaneous Rs. 7500Trip from New Delhi to Pune Rs. 7500 Total Estimated Budget : 132500 INR (+/- 10%). My dream coming true: PRICELESS.
Thank you forgiving me theopportunity to live my dream.