Thoughts of a Manchester United season ticket holder
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
The Power of 10! - The Prem home stretch for United, Chelsea and Arsenal
I cant believe that there is only ten games of the Premier League season left..it seems so surreal!
After what has been mainly a 'hit or miss' year after watching us lose 6 of our 28 league games, it is mildly shocking that we are more than in the race to be champions for a fourth straight year. The rubbishness of both Chelsea and Arsenal, along with the comedy 20 odd games Liverpool had recently, have blown this title race wide open.
March will be an incredibly important month for the team. Three league games and that all important second leg versus Milan will be the pointers as to which silverware we can realistically hope for. As we stand today, the big two prizes are still within our grasp, but our manic form coupled with some worrying injuries are gonna make sure its a rollercoaster end...so scream if you wanna go faster!
Chelsea's run in is pretty bog standard. Their trip to our Theatre will be their biggest test, but Liverpool in the penultimate game of the season??..surely the scousers wont do us any favours! If it comes down to the final game with Chelsea's noses in front, i cant see Wigan doing anything at Stamford Bridge
Arsenal also have a fairly gentle run in, but must face both Spurs and City in their last five games. It will be in these games that we will see if the Goons really have the stomach for the battle. They recovered well after the horror injury to Ramsey against Stoke, so maybe they've finally located where their cahoonas are now!
I think our run in is way the hardest of the three. Three away games (Blackburn, City and Sunderland) and home games versus Spurs and Stoke. We always struggle at Blackburn..its a local-ish derby. And we know what City are fully capable of. God forbid seeing Carlos The Caveman denying us the title. But it could happen.
I think it could be a case that the team that slips up sooner in the Champions League may well be the one that steals this championship this season. The games and their results are as unpredictable as ever. Terryslagate has defo altered the West Londoners mindset. Arsenal are as erratic as a schizophrenic in a supermarket. And us? Well, we are hardly 2010's oil painting of the year. Rooney's form has carried us, as has Drogba's with Chelsea, and Fabregas with Arsenal.
The most important players at Old Trafford now are the centre backs. If Rio and Vida can find some sort of fitness, or Evans and Brown hit the form of their lives, we may just see this one through. In many ways Europe is our best chance of success now we are in the merry-go-round of the knock outs. But for me it is the title at home that means the most..
And title number 19 would be the sweetest of the lot!!
Manchester United fan since the age of 9 when he saw Norman Whiteside curl the ball into a Wembley goal in the dying minutes.
He is an Old Trafford season ticket holder in the North Stand Tier 3...and cried tears of joy, on his knees with the many in Moscow.
Rob is a contributing author/editor at Man Utd blogzine 'The Faithful'