Man Utd kit
Hear us out here. The Manchester United kit is where we start but, don’t worry, our thinking gets stronger as we go on.
The last time the club had a badge with a trimmed shadow was, you guessed it, in the 2006/2007 season.
That year, the shadow was white, not black. But you get the gist.
United’s kit that year actually became an iconic one due to some of the results they achieved in it. The 7-1 win over Roma is something that particularly stands out.
But there’s more…
Star player wanting to leave
Back in the summer of 2006, Cristiano Ronaldo had crunch talks with Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Portugal international wanted to leave United behind having become a scapegoat for England’s World Cup exit.
Ronaldo clashed with Wayne Rooney during a World Cup showdown between England and Portugal – and incurred the wrath of fans as a result.
But how he responded.
Ronaldo was persuaded to stay put and fired United to title glory. Can Paul Pogba, who is so eager to join Real Madrid, do the same thing?
United had a blistering attack the year they won the title. And that can be said about the current squad.
Back then, it was Ronaldo, Rooney, Louis Saha, Ryan Giggs and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who were charged with the task of scoring goals.
Four of them had pace (Solskjaer was slightly past him prime) and the Red Devils reaped the reward.
United’s attack this season is similarly rapid.
Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Daniel James, Mason Greenwood and Jesse Lingard have the dynamism required to deliver major honours.
In 2006, nobody really gave United a chance.
Chelsea were the dominant side at the time, winning back to back Premier League titles under Jose Mourinho.
And when they signed Michael Ballack and Andriy Shevchenko, many expected the Blues to reign supreme.
But the tag of underdogs suited United.
And with the Red Devils not being tipped by many to win the title, it’s another omen in their favour.
Solskjaer is there
Lastly, the final similarity is that Solskjaer is at the club.
The United hero was on his way out during his final campaign but still chipped in with a modest 11 goals from 32 games.
He retired afterwards but is now back in the dugout.
The question is, though, can he lead his team to the trophy fans crave the most?