Sunday, April 22, 2007

Wheel of fortune spins United's way...

Following last night's poor United performance and result against Middlesbrough, Chelsea had the chance to narrow the gap to just one point, but the Blues failed to take advantage and could only manage a 0-0 draw with Newcastle United at St James's park on Sunday afternoon.

Few, including myself, expected Newcastle to take a point off Chelsea, but in fairness they deservedly took a point off United at Christmas too, so fair play to the Geordies, they definitely did not roll over.

Today's result has potentially massive implications for Chelsea and United, it means that if United win their next two away games against Everton and Man City and Arsenal beat Chelsea in that London derby on the same day that United play City, then the Reds will be crowned champions.

There's a lot of ifs and buts in my scenario, but the pressure is very much back onto Chelsea and what's more I'm backing Liverpool to beat Chelsea over two legs in that Champions League semi-final, the first game is at Stamford Bridge this week.

If Liverpool do beat Chelsea on Wednesday it will be crushing mental blow to Chelsea, it could even prove to be decisive on all fronts.

Before that game, the Red Devils take on AC Milan with what will be a makeshift back four. A win for United seems unlikely in the extreme but who would have predicted that United would beat Roma 7-1? If nothing else, Milan will probably show United a degree of respect by not going all out to win. Personally right now I'd settle for a draw in the first leg in the hope that Rio returns for the away leg in Milan the following week.

Yesterday our collective Reds spirits had taken a knock, today everything is very much back on, it is all to play for.

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