This last Sunday afternoon’s entertainment saw Wolves drop to the bottom of the table while the Red Devils extended their lead at the top of the table with Man City facing a tough match mid-week against a revitalised Chelsea under former Baggies boss Roberto Di Matteo. Prior to the match Sir Alex would certainly have been sensing an opportunity to create a greater sense of relief in the minds of their fans and as usual they didn’t fail to deliver. Even though some more optimistic fans will say that the only reason for such a large score line was due to the double booking of Zubar, in reality I fear that a similar outcome would have ensued even if the men in gold could have kept 11 men on the pitch.
For Wolves this was a third straight defeat under Terry Conner meaning that their draw with Newcastle has been their only thing to cheer since the sacking of Mick McCarthy. Not only that but this is the third match out of the last 5 where they have conceded 5 goals, two of those now being at home, the other away at Fulham, and only 1 win in 10 has got them slumping down to the foot of the league. I feel rather sorry of Terry because at the moment the players just don’t seem to be playing for him, there are occasional moments of class especially when Jarvis and Fletcher can combine however the defence is a shambles and I think fans should certainly start fearing for their Premier League status. The only glimmer of hope that they can take from this is the fact that they have been in a relegation battle before and have the experience to scramble some points, also their run in to the end of the season doesn’t look quite as scary as say Wigan’s who will be lucky to get a point off the next 5 games since they face, Chelsea, Man U, Liverpool and Chelsea. But Wolves still need to stop this poor run of form if they are to survive for another season.
By contrast Manchester United will, I think, be relieved more than just delighted with the result at the Molineux. The match did not see United at their best but as they do towards the second half of the season they get results even when not playing to their full potential. There may be a sense of disappointment for only hitting the back of the net 5 times but in the grand scheme of things it is more important just to get the win at this point of the season. Sir Alex always has this magical ability to recover no matter how poor the start of the season is, this is evidenced now by the 25 points from the last 9 matches only dropping points at Stamford Bridge (where their closest contenders travel this week). However fans will still look over their sholders as they know just how unpredictable end of season run-ins can be.
So on a day that was clouded by the critical condition of Fabrice Muamba, Manchester United were able to run riot against a lack-luster side in Wolverhampton Wanderers. This could be the final signs for outcomes at both ends of the table, the signing of a relegation warrant and the first grasp on the prestigious Premier League trophy.
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