It is that time again. What was the phrase Sir Alex Ferguson coined for it all those years ago? Squeaky-bum time. And whether his context was of squirming in one’s seat or of something far more colourful, he would not have it any other way.
The next nine days will not necessarily define Manchester United’s season outright, but they will go a long way towards doing so: Champions League quarter-final first leg against Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena this evening, Barclays Premier League showdown with Chelsea at Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime, second leg against Bayern a week tomorrow.
Three matches of huge significance, with barely a moment to draw breath between them.