United teach Inter and Barca how to avoid the jitter bug

May 11, 2009

Nerves are totally understandable at the end of the season with so much at stake.

Even seasoned campaigners get afflicted by the jitter bug, with Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan losing the lead twice in a 2-2 draw at Chievo on Sunday with a fourth straight scudetto almost theirs.

Inter let a 12-point lead slip last term and tumbled over the line on the final day while fans will always remember their incredible collapse in 2002, which included a 2-2 draw with Chievo…

Spanish leaders Barcelona were even worse on Sunday, seeing their title party ruined by Villarreal’s two late goals in a 3-3 draw at the Nou Camp.

Of course, they will both still win their respective championships but a quick glance over to England will show how to avoid nerves.

Manchester United beat city rivals Manchester City 2-0 to move within a whisker of retaining their title and there wasn’t a jitter in sight.

Alex Ferguson has cleverly rotated his squad in the run-in to keep players fresh and hungry, especially with a Champions League final to come.

The underused Carlos Tevez, desperate to show he is worthy of a new deal, scored and put in a masterly performance.

Mourinho had a great record against Ferguson before this season, but he has again been out-thought.

PHOTO: Inter Milan’s coach Jose Mourinho (R) reacts to the linesman during his Italian Serie A soccer match against Chievo at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona May 10, 2009. REUTERS/Max Rossi

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