Manchester United has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.
I was kicking around in my mother's womb, already trying to imitate the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. As a youngster I enthusiastically invested myself into a team that would become my life. It became part of the foundation for my being.
As I matured one of the constants of my life was Manchester United. They never changed. Sir Alex Ferguson led the club and the likes of Giggs, Scholes and later on Vidic and Rooney played under him. They became icons in my life.
Being from the US has not stopped me from watching their matches. I was lucky enough to watch some matches in New York and Washington D.C. However, I have, unfortunately, never been to Old Trafford. It is on the bucket list, though.
But Manchester United is changing now. Sir Alex is gone and many of the players who I fell in love with are either retiring or leaving the club. There is not much left of the club that I so enthusiastically delved my life into.
Man United has reached a crossroads in time. Similarly, I have reached the crossroads of my life. Man United is changing and so am I.
So as I watched the final home game of the season against Hull. Possibly, the final match of Ryan Giggs' playing career, and, most certainly, the final home match of Nemanja Vidic's Manchester United career, I felt a sense of nostalgia.
Seeing the players who I have watched my entire life, who I fell so dearly in love with, to see them leave the club is not easy.
And yes, players come and go all the time. Yet, there is something special about this group. A group that dramatically defeated Chelsea in the Champions League Final and won a three-peat of Premier League titles. There is something so endearing, so magical, so iconic about them. I can never forget what they have done and can not help but have a heaviness in my heart.
But, I am changing and so is United. It is time for a new reign. Whether it be Van Gaal or Pep Guardiola or someone else I will be there to support them.
I will still secretly have my phone out in class watching the live feed for midweek matches, I will still proudly wear all my Manchester United apparel to school and I will still wake up at the break of dawn to watch the matches on television.
And hopefully, one day, I will make the pilgrimage to Old Trafford and be able to experience for myself the brilliant atmosphere that has come to define the Theatre of Dreams.
It will not be the same Old Trafford, though. All the players I grew up idolizing will take their seats with the staff while a new man will be the one shouting orders and barking at his players from the touchline.
But change is good.
And I am truly excited for the new times ahead.
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