Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Only complacency from Ferguson and his players can halt title charge...

Just when United fans least expected it, Chelsea somehow managed to throw away two precious points against Wigan (Thank you Brucey!) at Stamford Bridge on Monday night, which gives the Reds a five point lead at the top of the table.

We have of course entered the silly season, where results are concerned and United hopefully will not need reminding about that. On paper at least anyway, the Champions can only throw the title away now. Later this week Chelsea travel to Goodison Park and failure to win that game will almost certainly end the title race, especially if United win at Blackburn at the weekend. If Chelsea lose against Everton and the Reds win at Ewood Park the gap will be eight points - so nothing less than a win for under-fire Avram Grant and his team will be enough.

However, nothing should be taken for granted, with four games left to play anything happen and the Reds could contrive to lose out to Chelsea. If United lost at Blackburn and the Blues win at Everton, that would reduce the gap to just two points and then there's the nightmare scenario of the West London club taking the lead at the top of the table when the two sides clash at Stamford Bridge.

So now is not the time for complacency from the manager or his players. The trip to Ewood Park is usually a tricky one, with United often dropping points. Added to which Fergie will have one eye firmly fixed on the first-leg of the Champions League semi-final against Barca next week, for this reason we can probably expect the Reds to start with just Tevez up front at Blackburn. Fergie deployed the same system against Roma at Old Trafford, before that game he admitted that he'd gambled with his selection citing the need to rest players.

The big problem for the Champions is that teams who have been average, or even dire, for most of the season, somehow manage to put on super-shows against Manchester United, take the examples of 'Boro and Derby County recently...

With the danger of potentially inviting bad karma, and negative thoughts aside, this Red fully expects United to become back-to-back title winners again. It's a bit early to be talking about another Chelsea guard of honour, all we know at this stage is the drama is a long way from being over and there's hopefully so much more to look forward to.

2 comments:

  1. Blackburn have some of the best records in the league against United, Ferguson will surely play on the merit of the game and put out a strong side like he did against Middlesborough.

    United have to finish their chances, and do their best close out Blackburn's game.

    With Santa Cruz, Pederson, Bentley, all in top form at Ewood Park, that is easier said than done.

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  2. We have a big enough squad that the players should be fresh to fight on two fronts.

    I'm sure Fergie will be working on the assumption that Chelsea will win all their remaining games, starting with Everton tonight. (Although how sweet would it be if Everton win and go on to overhaul Liverpool..!)

    Balckburn are a good team with dangerous players. But we are the Best team with the best players.

    We fear no-one. Not Arsenal, not Barcelona, and especially not Blackburn.

    Good luck to you Hughesy, but not against us!

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