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Can anything now stop United?

January 12, 2009

It’s been a great week for Alex Ferguson (as long as you ignore the League Cup).

You couldn’t pick up a British newspaper over the weekend without reading the dreaded phrase “mind games”, after Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez made his carefully prepared “outburst” about his opposite number at Old Trafford.

The results over the weekend were then firmly in United’s favour, as they took advantage of Liverpool’s 0-0 draw with Stoke by beating Chelsea 3-0.

So United did indeed deal a psychological blow, and a much more powerful one than in the “row” with Benitez. After a match in which they made Chelsea look very ordinary indeed, a glance at the table now shows United within striking distance of league leaders Liverpool: five points behind, but with two games in hand. If that isn’t preying on the minds of Benitez, Gerrard and co I’d be┬ásurprised.

But let’s not be too hasty in handing the league championship to United.

The result was a great one on Sunday, but in a season during which standards have apparently slipped, this title race can still be won by whichever team puts together the sort of devastating run-in Liverpool used to be famous for in the days when they actually won the league, and Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have all managed more recently.

United are the only ones looking capable of that sort of form at the minute, with 16 points acquired from their last six games. If Liverpool, Chelsea or anyone else are to stop them they will have to find the same sort of momentum. Can they do it? It doesn’t look likely, but perhaps with some inspiration from the transfer market?

Incidentally, the only team currently matching United’s pace are … Aston Villa. Could they yet have a say in all this?

PHOTO: Rooney celebrates after scoring against Chelsea, Jan. 11, 2009. REUTERS/Darren Staples

Comments

To answer your question: Only an asteroid hitting earth and ending life as we know it, but Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal are not that lucky.

Posted by Red Devil | Report as abusive
 

I don’t think Man utd were so amazing yesterday, i just think Chelsea were so bad. I dont think I’ve ever seen John Terry so at sea. Maybe he was thinking about the Champions League final.
Two easy finishes from dead balls and Rooney’s goal was ridiculous. He kicked the ball between Cole’s legs after Terry had ducked a bog standard cross.

Posted by Mark | Report as abusive
 

I like sprouts.

Posted by Bungio | Report as abusive
 

Before the game started, people were talking about the fact that United’s strikers were not on song in the league ( Forget the Club World Cup, Carling Cup and FA Cup)

They should beat Wigan on current form, even though the Latics have won six of their last seven league games, and Bolton shouldn’t be too difficult either.

Lots of things can certainly stop United, but at this moment, you’d expect them to continue winning.

Posted by SB | Report as abusive
 

nothing can stop man utd right now united will take the winner and i hope they win the next two games

Posted by mike | Report as abusive
 

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