Season 2021/2022, The New Era Downs Man U at Old Trafford

One week after their resounding 3-0 defeat of Everton that confirmed that “life after Jack” era had begun, our Villans took their new-found belief to Old Trafford and, in front of a crowd of 72,922, added an exclamation point by beating the previously unbeaten Manchester United 1-0, a win they clearly deserved.

All the pieces worked.  Everyone on the team contributed, played an excellent and disciplined game, and shared the credit.  That included the coaching staff who had a strategy that the players bought into and executed exceptionally well.

Manager Dean Smith has to be recognized for handling the loss of “Jack” and the early-season complications (injuries, COVID-19 exposure and quarantine issues) with composure and responding with a formation and plan that has proven to stand up well to three outstanding opponents (including Chelsea).

The team has enough talent on the bench to respond to the usual challenges and, by staying steadfast, should win enough games to move “up the table”.  Whether that improvement will take us to European tournament qualification is too early to say.

What is a certain as anything can be in sports, is that Villa fans should be just about the happiest fans in the Premier League.

That statement might require some justification.  Surely the top four clubs’ fans should be happier?  From those fans I know, they will only be happy if their team wins either the Premier League or the Champions League, or both.  Can you imagine a Man City fan being happy if they don’t win in Europe?

Having success does not make you happy, achieving it does! 

Starting off the season with such uncertainty, the team is in a much better space and one we dared not imagine. It happened.

Get ready to enjoy the ride.  Watch out Spurs!


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