It’s the ultimate battle of philosophies in Manchester tomorrow. A classic clash of styles as the family pulling every stroke to pump as much money as possible into their club faces the family working every trick in the book to take it out.
Unai Emery has set a mean stall out. On Arsenal’s pre-season tour of Singapore, the team coach drove by the hotel from the airport and straight to the training ground. A signal of intent to his new players, perhaps, and certainly an instant contribution to the ‘narrative’.
We should have known, when GAA Congress decided not to define the melee, that this would become The Year of the Melee.
It has been a landmark week for the Big Man, ushered in from the cold as Gaelic football’s saviour.
Is the match on the telly? It was once the kind of question that could at least bring some sort of certainty to your day.