I’m a Manchester United fan, let me make that clear from the outset. Always have been, always will be. I’ve been following their fortunes since a year before their epic treble winning season. When legends were made of the likes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Peter Schmeichel. Good times!
But I digress from the present. The Premiership is delicately poised right now, with Liverpool biting hard at United’s heel, fighting tooth and nail to dislodge the champions of their lofty perch. However, with six games to go, United are in control of their destiny — three points clear of Liverpool, and a game in hand. To their credit the Merseysiders have looked inspired and hungry to reclaim the Premiership crown, and outperformed United on the pitch both in terms of form and goals scored. Rest assured they won’t stop staking their claim until the very end.
With a six points lead, if we win today, chances are it will be long over before we reach the very end. United hold the key to a title race that in all likelihood shouldn’t go to the wire, or I won’t have any nails left. They host a rejuvenated Tottenham Hotspurs later in the day, and a victory today should put another nail in Liverpool’s coffin. But Liverpool have the chance to go on top briefly if they win their match against Hull, and put the pressure back on United. Their only hope is that United cracks and drops some points.
Team news: We’ll miss Gary Neville and John O’Shea, both picking up injuries in the win against Portsmouth the other night; let’s hope we aren’t doubly vulnerable on the right flank. That shouldn’t be the case, in all likelihood, as news of Wes Brown fit and raring to go couldn’t have come at a better time.
Forget Ronaldo, but Carlos Tevez has dropped hints that he may leave United at the end of the season, and Fergie’s voiced his fears over the development. More of that here. He’s a fan favourite, they love him at Old Trafford, admire his work ethic and commitment on the pitch, and hail the fact that he’s scored some crucial goals for the team in the past. But I understand his side of the story, disappointed as he is for not getting enough starts this season. I think the team will suffer a big blow if Teva leaves.
Predictions: Should be a close game, with United’s below-par recent performances and Spurs’ resurgent spirit. I think we’ll nick it 2-1. Let’s see, should be a good one.
Liverpool should easily crush Hull 3-0 or more, given the form they are in.
Originally published: April 25, 2009