Macdonald: United We Stand In Europe

ImageAlan MacDonald watched his beloved Manchester United win the Champions League on Wednesday night and then revealed he would like to experience the same glory with Edinburgh in next season's Heineken Cup Final at Murrayfield (23/24 May 2009).

The 22-year-old openside spent his primary school years living in Manchester before moving back to his native Edinburgh at the age of seven.

As a result, he became a United fan and celebrated when his favourite football team defeated Chelsea in a penalty shoot-out in Moscow.

Now he admits he would love the opportunity to become a European champion with his hometown team when next season's Final is staged at the home of Scottish Rugby.

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MacDonald said: 'the Final was a very nerve-wracking game to watch as a Manchester United fan. It was the_14th penalty in the shoot-out that decided it and it was more of a sense of relief than anything else when United won it.

"Obviously it would be absolutely perfect to be able to experience that same feeling with Edinburgh next year, especially with the Final being played at Murrayfield.

'the Heineken Cup is the biggest competition in Europe and that is the one you want to do your best in. If we managed to get through to the Final here at Murrayfield then it would be an amazing experience.

"It is a long route to get through to the Final, but if could manage to get through to the knock-out stages then we could possibly cause a few surprises."

Aside from watching the drama unfold in Moscow, MacDonald has been preparing tirelessly for the forthcoming Churchill Cup competition in Ontario (from Saturday 7 June) where Scotland A face Canada and Argentina.

Following his man-of-the-match award winning display for Scotland A against Ireland in late February, former Royal High student MacDonald says he is aiming to build on the performance and help Rob Moffat's team win the trophy.

He said: "Hopefully I can do more of the same and build on my performance against Ireland. I"m just hoping to have a good Tour and I think we can do pretty well if we work as a team."

After injuring his knee in the opening day loss at Leinster in September, MacDonald endured a frustrating four-month wait before resuming first team duties against Leicester in January.

He went on to play a significant role in Edinburgh's final push as the club secured our highest ever position in the Magners League table; a creditable fourth spot.

In reflection, MacDonald says he enjoyed the run-in and playing his part in helping the club chalk up eye-catching wins at Ospreys and the Scarlets.

He said: "It was a frustrating season to begin with, but towards the end I managed to get a run of games and I really enjoyed it.

"I enjoyed it even more to win the last few games and to score my first-ever try for Edinburgh in stoppage time to win the match at the Ospreys. Those results were a nice way to end the season "