Reuters Soccer Blog

World Soccer views and news

Is Ferguson being generous saying it’s a two horse race?

February 19, 2009

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has dismissed Chelsea’s Premier League title hopes, but given his side’s run of form he is perhaps being generous to Liverpool by saying they still have a chance.

“The title race now is going to be between ourselves and Liverpool,” Ferguson wrote in the programme for the 3-0 home win over Fulham that sent the champions five points clear of Liverpool and 10 ahead of fourth-placed Chelsea.

The champions look unstoppable at the moment, with Wayne Rooney scoring on his return from injury and Paul Scholes in fine fettle despite not always being a regular these days. 

Is it all over or will there be a late twist in the tale?

Ferguson thinks Aston Villa could continue to surprise.

“However I shall be keeping a wary eye on Aston Villa, who seem to have picked up the baton from Arsenal,” he said.

 Villa are third, eight points behind United, while Arsenal are fifth and 15 points off the pace.

PHOTO: Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson smiles before their FA Cup fifth round match at Derby County, Feb. 15, 2009. REUTERS/Darren Staples

Comments

It is hard to say whether Ferguson is right, Liverpool has been losing track or something that doesn’t allow them to win as they done before but Manchester United didn’t start too well either. On the other hand, Manchester United looks in a good shape now and it seems that they can win the premier without any trouble. I’m afraid that Ferguson is right, at least at this time it seems so.

I believe that it would be nice to have at least another participant on the race for the title, because I kind of remember the “two horses” race last season.

I have been hearing a lot of buzz about Aston Villa performance and I have to admit that they have been playing fine this season, but taking the baton from Arsenal, it’s too much to say. I still remember when I read in here that Stoke and Hull were teams that were putting “spice” on the premier, and now where are they?.

Eitherway, I have to admit that at least the champions league places will be a very interesting thing to see.

Regards.

Posted by StrayChild | Report as abusive
 

I think we’ll ahev a better idea after the next couple of weekends. It’s just possible that Untied will get distracted by the Champions League (they have a very tricky tie, after all). If they lose a couple of points, as they keep half an eye on Inter, you never know. But it will be astonishing if they don’t take the title.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive
 

Post Your Comment

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/
  •