It’s the hope that kills you.
The immovable feeling that no matter what the odds are, no matter how much time is left on the clock, no matter how against us the circumstances and context are, that Manchester United can still get a result.
It’s an ethos that has been instilled in us and it’s what has made Manchester United such a force both domestically and in Europe over the decades.
We never give up, we never give in, we always think we can go on to win.
Despite the car crash that this season has been, despite being humiliated by Liverpool, despite being humiliated by Manchester City, despite being 12/1 outsiders to beat Bayern Munich tonight, fans will never lose the belief that United can get a result. Hordes of fans haven’t travelled to Munich simply for the beer and bratwurst.
The 1-1 draw in the first leg has really given United an opportunity of progressing to the semi-finals tonight. In the Allianz Arena, Bayern Munich are favourites but with that comes pressure and a United side considered underdogs are dangerous.
The players visited Manchesterplatz yesterday where the memorial stands in memory of the Busby Babes. It would have been the first time that a few of the players had been there, looking down at the cold stone, etched with the names of those who lost their lives in the tragedy.
If there was anything that would make the players realise what they are playing for, the badge on the shirt, the United name, it’s remembering the Babes that lost their lives chasing what United have the opportunity to fight for tonight.
There’s no doubt that the odds are against us and United have to exceed expectations in Germany to go through but the years have taught us that no matter how bad the situation looks, United are always capable of pulling something special out. Solskjaer did it before, somebody else can do it tonight.