Tranmere Rovers play Manchester United on Sunday. Just let that sink in a moment…
After a brilliant performance to knock out Watford in the Third Round replay on Thursday evening, Rovers have struck it lucky and now face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in round four.
The game against, arguably, the biggest football club in the world is huge on a few levels.
Firstly, it will be a fantastic occasion for the club. It’s a showcase event, to show that Tranmere Rovers are well and truly back. After three seasons in non-league, Rovers are once more making a name for themselves and promoting the Wirral to the wider population.
The eyes of the world will be on Prenton Park on Sunday afternoon, and that’s a hugely privileged position to be in. We need to make the most of that, and the powers that be at the club undoubtedly will.
For the fans, it is something to get extremely excited about. Games like this don’t come around too often, we have played United once before in our history back in 1977, so it’s one to savour.
For the players and staff, it’s an opportunity to test themselves against one of the best teams in the country (albeit one in a little bit of a tough spell at the moment).
Financially, it is a big boost to the coffers. The match is potentially worth half a million pounds and given the precarious situation we find ourselves in the league, it may give Micky Mellon the ability to do some business in the transfer market to strengthen the squad before the window closes at the end of the month.
But it should also give the team a huge boost of confidence going into the final few months of the season. They have earned the right to get to this stage of the competition and to face one of the biggest teams.
Yes, the luck of the draw comes into it, but when you get to round four, the chances of drawing a big club increase.
The win over Watford was thoroughly deserved, as Rovers were the better side throughout the replay and could have won more comfortably really.
If they produce that quality of performance from now until May, the threat of relegation will become a distant memory. They need to use this as a yardstick and try to hit those heights week in week out, and should they manage to do so, we’ll be absolutely fine, I have no doubt.
Enjoy the big occasion one and all, the eyes of the world are upon us. Be loud and proud. Super White Army!