Let’s not forget our skipper
Chhetri, who has been working very hard on his fitness, is being given a chance to showcase his talent by his coach Peter Vermes. The match which is being played to inaugurate the newly build home stadium for Kansas City Wizards is a surety to draw a lot of interest from the Indian audiences for this reason.
What every one seems to forget is that an Indian footballer has previously played against the Red Devils. Almost a decade ago the current Indian football team skipper Bhaichung Bhutia had played for FC Bury against them, but at Old Trafford in 2001.
While Sunil is getting a chance to play in an exhibition tie, Bhutia was selected to play by coach Neil Warnock in a pre season match. The Sikkimese sniper had a brilliant game even though his team lost the match. He came close to scoring when his diving header went out for a goal kick after hitting the bar post. If it had gone in, it could have been a life changing moment for the 33-year-old footballer.
Way back in 2001, as compared to modern day media coverage standards, Manchester United was just a touch lesser known brand on these shores. It is sad then that his performances went rather unnoticed as he had a remarkable game, giving a tough time to Garry Neville with his stepovers.
Sharing his opinion about the match, Bhaichung Bhutia was earlier quoted in the media, "It was a dream come true for me to play against David Beckham and Andy Cole, who have been my heroes for long time."