Sunday, November 05, 2006

United stroll past Pompey but are they really good enough?

United cruised to a 3-0 victory over Portsmouth at Old Trafford on Saturday, courtesy of a penalty by Saha on three minutes, a stunning free-kick by Ronaldo on 10 minutes and a second half Vidic header. The visitors had been ravaged by injuries with several key players out, this led to David James putting on the best goal-keeping display of the season so far at Old Trafford as United created chance after chance. The first half was pretty much one way traffic. Pompey did improve second half and made more of a game of it, but there was only going to be one winner after the opening ten minutes.

IT is of course the weekend that Fergie et al celebrates his 20 years in charge at the club, at any level of football administration it is a remarkable achievement, but a club like United it is nothing short of a near miracle given the pressures of managing a club like United.

For now everyone connected with United can momentarily bask in Fergie's reflected glory, but this seasons real challenges are still to come, Chelsea visit United in a couple weeks and after that game we will know a bit more about United's true title credentials. IF Fergie did manage snatch back the title from Chelsea this season it would be a fitting end to a glorious spell at United, even those reds who have fallen out with the manager over his recent misdemeanours wouldn't surely argue with that.

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