Monday, February 09, 2009

Why United's rivals have good reason to be concerned..

Going into Sunday's clash with West Ham United, I foolishly predicted the Champions would concede a goal and that they would also be held to a score draw. Thankfully, neither scenario came to fruition thanks to a majestic second-half finish from Ryan Giggs.

Liverpool were the Premier League's overnight leaders after coming from behind twice to win 2-3 at the death at Fratton Park. While Liverpool fought back impressively to win at Portsmouth, the fancy Dans of the King's Road could only manage a home draw with Hull City; following that result and in my pre-match update on Saturday, I somewhat jokingly posed the question "taxi for Scolari?!" To be honest, I didn't seriously expect the Brazilian to be treated so shabbily by Chelsea; it is a ridiculous decision to sack him so soon. The same can be said of sacking Tony Adams at Pompey.

As for United's win at Upton Park, I was extremely relieved this difficult away fixture came about in February and not in May when the pressure will no doubt be testing our collective nerve ends to their limit.

United's rivals in the Premier League have every reason to be concerned about the Reds' long unbeaten run, because it shows no sign of ending. What's more, those United players who have been out injured are coming back to give Fergie even more choices. The United manager can do no wrong at present, he can send out the youngsters such as the da Silva twins and or Jonny Evans. On Sunday Fergie opted for the class and experience of Giggs and Scholes, once again it was a decision that was fully vindicated as they combined to score one of the goals of the season.

The way Giggs glides beyond lunging challenges of the type we saw at Upton Park really is something to behold, not just by United fans, but all lovers of the beautiful game. The same can be said of the killer pass by Scholes; that ball was struck so truly and quickly to the dancing feet of the Welshman, it actually gave Giggs another second on the ball, in which time he weighed up his next move. The goal and its execution was poetry in motion; when these veteran United stars hang-up their boots it will be a very sad day, going off recent performances that day could still be some time off.

Fergie has done a magnificent job in assembling this squad of players and he's making the best use to them, with the possible exception of Carlos Tevez. I do not want be drawn on how many trophies United will win this season; we all know what is possible, but to win the lot you need a bit of luck along the way. For now, suffice to say United are looking good, the rest have every reason to be worried.

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