As my train to Cardiff departs from London, I begin to think about the whirlwind of the summer we’ve had so far.
Gattuso resigning was no surprise after the failure in securing a Top 4 place; Leonardo was, however in hindsight if we are to buy into Gazidis’ then it was perhaps for the best. Up stepped Maldini and I was thrilled to see Boban return to the club – a real statement of intent in the boardroom.
On the pitch we are seeing yet another revolution – but a more so organised revolution. Marco Giampaolo will not shy away from his trusted 4-3-1-2 formation; thus we know which players are surplus to requirements and what positions are needed. Bennacer, Hernandez and Leao are exciting signings that herald this philosophy of buying young.
As an Englishman, I will be keeping a close eye on Wolves next season – cheering on Patrick Cutrone as he begins his Premier League adventure. I don’t hold any grudges against the club about the decision to sell him. Cutrone stepped up when we needed him, and for that I’ll always be thankful.
So, Manchester United in Cardiff? The city will be buzzing today – the stadium’s central location is ideal for getting fans pumped ahead of kick off. With one week until the Premier League season, I’m expecting to see United firing at near to full strength – which in turn will propose a stern test for Milan. With Paqueta not yet fit, and a couple more new signings still to join the team – there will still be an air of experimentation from Giampaolo. Will Suso continue in his trequarista role? Will Leao debut? Will Andre Silva feature after his move to Monaco fell through?
For this match, and even the first couple of the new season – there is still a lot of questions to be answered. But I have faith that Marco Giampaolo is the man with the answers.