Monday, May 10, 2010

United and Rooney limp over finishing line, but it could be worse, look at 7th placed Liverpool!

In the run up to the final weekend of Premier League fixtures, Fergie suggested United blew the season when Bayern Munich knocked the Reds out of the Champions League; Fergie was right, but he was wrong when claiming it was a travesty that United would not be contesting the final.

Bayern Munich deservedly won the semi-final; United only have themselves to blame for sloppy defending. What's more, Rooney has been carrying injuries since the first leg of the semi-final, he clearly isn't fit several weeks later.

Even if United had qualified for the final in Madrid later this month, chances are we'd be going there with a less than fit first choice striker. On top of which and as Fergie rightly pointed out, Inter Milan have improved greatly following the acquisition of two world class players last summer in Sneijder and Lucio.

United fans would love to have seen the club reach the Champions League final again, but you wonder what the outcome would have been given the limitations of the current squad due to injuries.

On the domestic front, as expected Chelsea won the title on Sunday with ease. However, Chelsea wouldn't have won the title if they hadn't been helped by the officials over the last few weeks - that isn't sour grapes, it is a statement of fact. But, Chelsea have won the title and so we move on.

United finished runner-up in a season that has seen the standard at the top go down. United and Chelsea have stood still and Arsenal have gone backwards too. But it could be worse, just ask any supporter of Liverpool; they've had a lousy season when finishing just one place above Everton.

Looking ahead to next season, it will be interesting to see what Fergie does next; will he make his moves in the transfer market, before or after the World Cup? United need at least three top class signings, but will it happen?

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