Manchester United fans in the Cayman Islands are celebrating their team leading the Premier League and hope that under Louis van Gaal a return to their glory days is imminent.
Andy Bonner, an accountant and owner of the sports website www.caymanactive.com is delighted that “normal order has been resumed.”
A die-hard United fan, Bonner said, “It’s been way too long since we had our rightful place up there.
“I think van Gaal and his assistant Ryan Giggs have got everything going in the right direction. So all they have to do is just more of the same. The turbulence of change is behind us now.”
Although United haven’t been playing particularly well, their new signings are making an impact. Teenage sensation Anthony Martial and Memphis Dupay have been exceptional.
“I think we’ll hold that top spot throughout now,” said Bonner. “I can only see us getting stronger from this point on.”
United play Arsenal away on Sunday and Bonner expects another three points for his side.
“I think we’ll come out on top,” he said. “In the normal run of things, it would be a close call, but I think Arsenal will be more affected by their mid-week Champions League game than we will.”
Apart from Martial and Dupay, Bonner thinks goalkeeper David De Gea has been astounding for United. “De Gea has been world-class. It was a fantastic strategy to ensure his transfer to Real Madrid fell through so we could keep him. He’s kept us in the points.
“At the other end of the pitch, all eyes are on Martial. He’s looking like an astounding acquisition.”
Bonner is also pleased that Wayne Rooney is regaining his form and starting to find the net again.
Bonner’s confidence in United staying on top is partly because champions Chelsea have started so badly and Arsenal and Man City have dropped points unexpectedly. City lost at home to West Ham two weeks ago, then got turned over by Spurs last weekend.
“Our noisy neighbors (City) have never enjoyed stability in their moments of excellence,” Bonner said. “They can’t work consistently together long enough. The talent they have, they should give us a tough run for top spot, but I think they’ll end up several points short. Maybe third spot for them this season.”
Bonner added that he sees van Gaal establishing himself as United’s long-term manager. “He’s the right man for the job – as long as he keeps listening to Giggsy.”