The Glory Days Are Coming Back Now That Ole's At The Wheel

The Glory Days Are Coming Now That Ole's At The Wheel

Faith has been restored at Manchester United with the managerial position.


It's been almost six years since Sir Alex Ferguson, one of the greatest football managers to ever live, left his position at English Premier League Club Manchester United after 26 years of service. Since then, the Red Devils have never quite regained their title of being one of the top clubs in Europe. Fans have had to endure three separate managerial spells since Ferguson's departure with the likes of David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal, and Jose Mourinho all failing to restore the glory days at United. However, things have changed since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer, a former Manchester United player himself, was originally supposed to be the caretaker manager until the end of the season but after posting up a record of 14 wins, two draws and three losses in 19 games, United made Solskjaer the permanent manager for the club going forward. Some soccer analysts felt that United was too quick in hiring a new manager and should've tested the waters in the off-season. I completely disagree and think Solskjaer is the right man for the job. Here's why -- every single one of Solskjaer's predecessors failed to connect with the players. Managers like Mourinho and Van Gaal criticized the players on a consistent basis and never gave some of the talent on the roster proper chances in my opinion. That criticism affected the team's results and body language. It was clear that something had to change at the manager position.

From the moment Solskjaer took over as the manager it was clear that the players enjoyed his presence on the pitch. United left-back Luke Shaw, for example, expressed his gratitude towards Solskjaer and was confident he would land the job permanently. What I enjoy most about Solskjaer is that he understands what Manchester United's club values are and puts the team success as a priority without letting any ego or pride get in the way. He (Solskjaer) spent nine seasons at United with 235 appearances on the field while scoring a total of 91 goals as a player. Solskjaer scored the game-winning goal in Manchester United's historic comeback against Bayern Munich in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final to secure the team's only treble in club history.

Of course, it will be interesting to see which assets the manager can sign in the upcoming summer transfer window. United are in dire need of new life in both the midfield and defensive areas. I really hope there are new signings which can boost the team's confidence in their play. I'm satisfied that finally, United appear to have found their man that can guide the club to more trophies in the future. What's also a plus with Solskjaer is he is only 46 years of age which means that United could be set up for long term success.

United are in the right hands under Solskjaer and I believe he will elevate the Red Devils to the top of England and Europe once again in no time.

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Trust Me, You're Going To Miss It

Yeah, cheerleading is its own kind of Hell, but don't take it for granted.

Last week, I spent close to three hours watching videos from the recent Cheersport Nationals, a huge cheerleading competition held in Atlanta, GA.

As an ex-cheerleader, one that cheered for close to 11 years, I felt the familiar ache in my stomach watching all the teams I had grown up watching and idolizing take the stage I had taken so many times in Atlanta. As I watched the excitement of the crowd and felt the adrenaline through the computer screen, I realized something that I hadn't thought about in years: I would never have that feeling again.

And while I gave up cheerleading willingly, and pretty happily, I hardly ever thought about all the old memories and feelings I associated with the big bows, tight uniforms and copious amounts of glitter. But now, for the first time in years, I felt sad to not be up on the stage with all of the other athletes, doing something that had driven me absolutely insane at times but that had also been such a huge part in my life.

Take it from me, an old washed up cheerleader, that would probably break half the bones in my body if I even attempted a front walkover, you will miss cheerleading. It doesn't matter if you're an all-star that grew up in a gym, or a high-schooler that fell in love with the sport while on the sidelines, a part of you will always wish you could walk back onto that stage and compete just one more time.

I and every other retired cheerleader will attest to it: You're going to miss it.

You're going to miss the love/hate relationship you have with your coaches after they've been screaming at you for the better part of two hours.

You're going to miss the bond you have with your teammates, some that you won't see again after that last competition.

You're going to miss the ache in your feet associated with convention centers, and all the naps you took on their hard, concrete floors.

You're going to miss the headache from your ponytail, and having everything you own be covered in glitter for months at a time.

You're going to miss that feeling you get in the split second between "It's on," and when the music and that first 8-count starts. The feeling that makes you feel as though you're going to throw up, not be able to move, and forget your entire routine all at once.

But most of all, you're going to miss the feeling after you hit the routine you and your team have been practicing for months and the adrenaline high that comes with it. The feeling of being on top of the world, that's a drug in itself.

SEE ALSO: 20 Signs You Were A High School Cheerleader

So, while you have it, enjoy it. Because there are hundreds of ex-athletes that would absolutely kill to experience just one of those feelings again, and you get to have all of them.

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It's Been A Year And I Still Miss It

The memories with my teammates and coaches are remembered everyday.


Never thought I'd say it but here I am. I am happy to say I am proud to be where I am today but the thoughts of never playing a sport again linger in my mind. Those emotions of anticipation and excitement when it comes to playing a sport are long gone. Sad to say I will never have butterflies before running a race, floor burns all over my knees and sweat mixed with softball dirt all over me.

The little aspects that I took for granted are what I remember the most. I am who I am today because of my coaches and teammates. Each and every sport came with a support system to fall back on and friendships that would last a lifetime. My coaches and teammates taught me life long skills that I will carry with me forever. They taught me the true meaning of dedication, teamwork, perseverance and respect. Yes, I love the game but the connections and memories I have built have impacted me. Especially, the times I have created with my teammates and coaches on the bus rides, practices and game days.

Those are the moments I will never get back. I will never forget the times my volleyball teammates and I would run over to Perkins after a win. We would eat junkie, greasy food till our tummies were full but during those moments we were all owning the moment while being young and careless. Even during track season my teammates and I found time to have fun while running rigorous workouts. I will never forget the mid-dance parties during track meets to keep our mind off of the stress of performing to our best ability. Softball season always seemed to be on the road, which meant plenty of bus rides with my teammates. Those hours of traveling were the best from the never have I ever games to singing along to great hits.

I will never get the chance again to compete in front of a crowd. The cheers and the roars of the fans is such a surreal feeling. Running on the blue oval was something I will never forget. As much as I hated the queasy, uneasy feelings before running, I would go back for it one more time. Stepping foot on the blue oval meant a great athlete once took those same steps I did. The moment my teammates, coaches and I clinched the win to go to State for the first time in school history was unbelievable. It was an accomplishment for us seniors, for our coaches, for our families and fans, for our school and for the past softball players. We did something that was never done before in school history and all I can say is I'm proud to have done it with the group of girls that I did.

Getting to state and playing with the best of the best is remarkable but what seemed to be even better was getting a victory against a city rival. Everyone came out for those games from grandparents to students to alumni. Our best performances were amongst us when competing against city rivals. Particularly, through volleyball, my teammates and I seemed to be hungrier for a win whenever it was a city rival. I guess, the best moments happened when we beat a cross-town rival. You could say we got bragging rights for the year.

To all the athletes out there competing in their last game, last match or last race, relish in those last seconds because before you know it you will never pick up a ball again, race in a relay or dance after a victory.

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