After the past few games, even the most optimistic of Manchester United fans have had that small doubt in their minds of are Man United really going to blow the title to LIverpool.
After the usual bad start to the season for the Red Devils with a goaless draw at home toNewcaste not to mention a 2-1 defeat at Anfield but on the positives a 1-1 draw away to Chelsea who started to loo like early favourites. However United turned it around again before Christmas and looked good when they travelled to Japan only to come back as World Champions (yes Liverpool, WORLD CHAMPIONS). Then on return a good boxing day win at Stoke kept the ball rolling and UNited continued the great run of not conceding a goal.
That record was finally beaten by Blackburn’s Roque Santa Cruz as United managed to sneak a 2-1 win at home to big Sam’s resilliant Blackburn side. However, by then it would seem United had one hand on the trophy. Then as United continued to serge towards the trophy we managed to fly clear of Liverpool stil with a game in hand. In the mean time United progressed to the semi-final of the FA Cup, the quarter finals of the Champions League. As well as already being crowned Champions of the World as worthy winners of the Carling Cup with a penalty shoot-out against holders Spurs.
Then the turing point of the season and all Man United fans stomachs was the home game against rivals Liverpool. Many United fans had every reason to be a positive going into the game considering we hadn’t lost to them for about four years. However nobody could have predicted what was going to happen next as we suffered a humiliating 4-1 home defeat as well as letting Steven Gerrard get his name on the score sheet. Then we all thought this would prove to be a kick up the ass the players needed to ensure they went the final mile and ended the season as league champions and with it matching Liverpools 18 league titles. This was not the case and in fact quite the opposite happened as we suffered another embarrising defeat losing 2-0 away to Fulham and our first back to back league defeats for over 165 games.
However we sit here one point clear of Liverpool with a game in hand and I fully expect us to go on and win the league and either the FA Cup or the Champions League. I feel this confident because we have great strength on depth and are strong in every position. Also all of our players have performed this season especially Vidic and Giggs and despite Ronaldo and Rooney being our key players if they were to get injured then we have the quality in our squad to cope with the fixture conjestion wich is the total opposite to Liverpool who find themselves up river without a paddle when both Torres and Gerrard find themselve on the treatment table. Another factor is that we arguably have the easier of run ins as our only hard games all come at home in the form of Arsenal and Manchester City.
A league win will see us claim a third coonsecutive title and equalling Liverpool’s record which will then rightfully show us as the most successful team in England as we take the edge with eleven FA Cup wins. So five may be a hard ask but if ever we can do it then know is the time, we have the squad, the manager, the fans and most importantly the belief that this unlike Liverpool is really ‘our year’…
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