As I write this I keep thinking about all the things that have happened in the last week… And I do that still from the hotel room where I live since I arrived in Manchester a week ago. For the next posts I hope I can write from my own house; I’m looking forward to find it! I think it’s important to find a home as soon as possible, and there are very nice areas to live here in Manchester.
As I already said, the reception from the club has been great to be honest. Both my team mates and the fans are making me feel very comfortable since the first day. In terms of football, we all hope to start a good run of results and to climb up in the Premiership table. The week started with a victory against Cardiff. It was my first game with United, and it was in Old Trafford. I can assure you that I will never forget that night. The reception from the fans was unbelievable. And the ovation when I was substituted, amazing. You get goose bumps…
Unfortunately, we didn’t win our second game of the week, in Stoke. It’s a tricky stadium, and the wind was not a good help to play football, but I honestly think that we didn’t deserve to lose. We were really unlucky with their first goal, and it reflects what the game was. We tied the score and we felt we could win, but right afterwards we conceded a second goal in a divided ball. We had good chances, yet we couldn’t score. We went back home with no points, feeling that we just can’t lose this kind of games again. I hope that piece of luck we are missing will come to our side, because we are struggling even with injuries. In Stoke, our two centre-backs had to leave the pitch before halftime. However, as I said before, I’m sure we will start a good streak and get better results.
Many of you are asking me about the number 8 on my shirt. I think it’s a nice and important number, and I hope it brings me luck! What a coincidence: this is the eighth day since I signed with United. Very intense days, and very emotional as well. It’s not easy to assimilate all this in such a short period, but it becomes easier with your help. The truth is I feel very comfortable on the pitch with my team mates. More and more after every game…
The worst news of the week was the death of Luis Aragonés. It was shocking to all of us. He managed the Spanish team that won the Eurocup in 2008, and he was someone who understood how to play in order to get the best performance of the Spanish players. He initiated the best era in the history of Spanish football. He managed a lot of clubs, and he was also a very important player, so he leaves a great legacy behind. I will never forget that final in Vienna that I watched from Oviedo and lived like any other fan. Rest in peace Luis, and thank you for everything you have given to our football.
In La Liga, the surprise result of the weekend was Valencia’s great victory at Camp Nou. My former team was fantastic after the break, and that shows all the good they can get in the second half of the season. So Sunday was a very exciting day with a double clash: two Basque teams facing two from Madrid, the former fighting for the Champions and the latter for the title.
First, Atlético got a solid victory against Real Sociedad, and later on Athletic and Real Madrid drew, just to show how tough it is to get points from the new San Mamés. Congratulations to Jesé, who keeps scoring important goals this year.
Before saying goodbye I want to thank you once again for all your messages. Honestly, they are a good help to me. And I keep saying that I am very positive about the rest of the season; the team’s mentality is not in doubt. As soon as I can I will have a look at all those places in Manchester you tell me to visit.
PS: In view of how many people want to get the Red ’8′, I’m going to raffle a shirt very soon. I have to think the way to do it