October 18, 2016

I needed to find something other than reading to entertain myself here at the military hospital. So I decided, why not give an update on me.
Fall is finally here in Korea. It was here for a while actually; I’m just glad that summer is gone. It was probably the worst summer because of the heat and the work I was forced to perform. I’ve been jokingly describing my past summer ‘ traumatic’ to my acquaintances in Korea. So meeting cool, windy fall after a treacherous summer couldn’t be any better.
It pains me to complain about my knee, but here I go again. I couldn’t keep up with all the daily tasks in the army. After going in and out of various hospitals ever since I enrolled in the army, I was finally put onto hospital bed for some rest. The base gave me one month to sort my situation. Not long for a problem I had for more than two years, but I really needed this break. My knee was just not keeping up. It came to a point where I couldn’t even walk, but liquid forming in my knee made my walking very uncomfortable. It almost felt like I forgot to walk again. It was that awkward with the swelling. My past few months have been frustrating because of this. I thought I would never adjust to the army life as long as my pain was there to hinder me from doing things that all my comrades were doing. I couldn’t understand why I was in the army when I really needed time to sit down on a treatment to follow for my knee to return to ‘normal’. Sad reality is that I can’t control what I want to do here.
For now, I’m trying to stay positive by focusing on what I can control. That’s getting rest and treatments the hospital has for me, stretching and strengthening my legs, and staying calm in His word. Also reading Malcom Gladwell’s books to get my mind off of my knee.
One thing I’m realizing though is that there are guys here who are in similar situations. Guys who are seriously hurt, probably worse than I am, but stuck in the army with their current health. Some are on crutches, having to move around in a wheel chair. Some can’t even rehab properly because the joints stiffened after a long period of isolation. I should be thankful, I thought, for being able to walk and exercise to some extent to prevent from getting worse. Just this past month, I was dejected from what I was going through, but here I am lighting up, thanking God for the small things. Praise God.
What’s ahead still worries me, but I don’t think it’s my job to think about that. It’s tough time for me, but I guess you need these disappointments in your life to spur you on to do greater things later on in life.
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How about that good old rivalry game between Manchester United and Liverpool. It could have been better if United come away with three points, but enjoyed watching Ander Herrera play. My eyes were on him the whole game. He was a beast that night. The game kicked off at 4 am in Korea which meant I couldn’t watch it LIVE. Thanks for not allowing internet during the day, I got to watch the replay at noon with no one knowing the score! I watched the game like it was LIVE.

New Manchester United

Since United’s first preseason game is today and there are four new signings, I have some opinions to share on the current squad.

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GK: Must keep David DeGea

As complicated and mysterious the transfer market is, United needs to find a way to keep this man for at least another season. That gives United more time to search for a promising GK for next season. If he decides to leave, Lloris of Tottenham is my first choice.

CB: Does United need another CB?

I’ve supported an English team long enough to appreciate English players in the team. It would be nice to see a Jones – Smalling partnership develop, and they certainly have to raise their bars to be anywhere close to the Vidic – Ferdinand or Terry – Cahill partnership.

RB: Darmian on the right, no doubt. Until he settles in, Valencia will get the best out of that spot.

LB: Best of Blind, Shaw, and Rojo will play in that spot. Shaw is definitely the guy in the long run.

Attacking Options!

Now this one is a headache. It’s difficult to set a balanced midfield and forward combination. After all, LVG was right about United having an unbalanced team. 

Forward:

Rooney is set in stone to start up front. The thing about Rooney is that he drops deep from his center-forward role rather than going in behind. That’s why he had Van Nistelrooy, Berbatov, Tevez, Chicharito, and Van Persie alongside him in his career who can penetrate runs behind the defense. With packed CM’s United have currently, there’s no way LVG will field in Rooney and Chicharito at the same time.

CM: Now, who would have imagined United would be packed with CM’s?

The best MF trio for me is Carrick, Schneiderlin, and Herrera.

Schweinsteiger was bought for a short-term replacement for Carrick. Both over 30, they bring experience and composure to the team. United’s best long-term replacement for Carrick is Daley Blind. Hopefully, he can become a player with qualities of both Carrick and Schweinsteiger.

Wingers:

If Rooney and the MF trio are playing, Young and Depay are my best options because they can help Rooney with running behind the defense. Di Maria, at his best form, can do it, too. But, Di Maria and Mata likes the ball on their feet and love playing centrally where Rooney and MF trio are already occupying. Di Maria and Mata have played best football in the center, but United needs width.

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Can LVG keep the majority of the players happy?

We all know for sure, the old Ferguson way has disappeared and the new LVG way has settled in. United somehow managed to win games last season when the opposition team was the better team. With more depth and quality in the current squad, United should challenge for some trophies this season.