It seems all of a sudden the entire nation has reason to cheer. And why not, as our very own Sunil Chhetri is all set to play against the world’s most famous football club Manchester United.
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."