The sort of result that wins titles: Middlesbrough 0 United 2

May 2, 2009

In Spain, you often hear players and coaches talking about “the sort of match that decides title races”. More often that not they’re talking about the tricky away game against awkward opposition rather than a high profile match against direct rivals.

Manchester United’s 2-0 win away to Middlesbrough on Saturday was just that sort of game, and just the sort of performance that will leave their rivals utterly deflated.

It was a match that could easily have re-opened the championship. United were playing less than 72 hours after their Champions League semi-final first leg at home to Arsenal and three days before the return in London.

Middlesbrough are desperate for points, as they scrap it out at the bottom of the table, yet Alex Ferguson was able to rest a bunch of players and yet still see his team win with plenty to spare, thanks to goals from Ryan Giggs and and Park Ji-sung.

United still have a couple of potential banana skins with matches to come against Manchester City and Arsenal but this was a real show of authority, especially after Liverpool’s recent defeat here.

So as far as the title race goes, that’s that, isn’t it?

PHOTO: Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs (R) celebrates scoring against Middlesbrough with Federico Macheda, May 2, 2009. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

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still too early to celebrate but the feeling is good. cant wait to win the title. theres been so many ups and downs but really its been quite comfortable this season for utd. chelsea haven’t performed to what they can, too many problems. and liverpool well they were never gonna be consistent enough.

Posted by mosh | Report as abusive

yep … the fact that liverpool lost at middlesbrough 2-0 speaks volumes about their consistency

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

We’re still not home and dry Kevin. Two tricky home ties – Man City are always awkward and Arsenal will be baying for blood after we knock them out of the CL. Hull City may well need a win in their final game of the season against us to stay up, they certainly will play out of their skins.

Posted by Red Devil | Report as abusive