After losing convincingly to Barcelona in the 2009 Champions' League (CL) final, I feared Manchester United would plummet from elite global power to marginally a top four side in the English Premier League (EPL).
In addition to failing miserably in their bid to become the first team to successfully defend a Champions' League Title, United sold megastars Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez without even attempting to secure adequate replacements.
With the club's debt steadily increasing under the ownership of the Glazer family, it appeared that United would no longer be able to pay the exorbitant transfer fees and wages necessary to secure the services of the World's best players.
Nevertheless, legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson crafted his notably more humble squad into an elite side which has demonstrated the capacity to succeed in both domestic and European competitions.
By protecting a 2-0 aggregate lead against Schalke in the return leg of the second Champions' League (CL) semifinal, United would secure a re-match of the 2009 final against Barcelona.
Yet, while fans begin salivating over this tantalizing CL Finals rematch, I fear that United will lose convincingly Wednesday marking one of the most spectacular CL failures in recent memory.