Is the Blue Moon of Manchester finally eclipsing?

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Monday, March 12th, 2012

In arguably the most entertaining and exciting Premier League title race since its inauguration, Man United returned to the top of the table for the first time since October (albeit with 24 hours on top in February).

After mid-week Europa League football saw Man City lose away in Lisbon and United succumb to Athletic Bilbao, who sat 30 points behind leaders Real Madrid in La Liga, it was up to Wayne Rooney to restore order at Old Trafford.

The England international bagged two more Premier League goals and left United with an all too familiar feeling – sitting top of the league as they stare down at the home stretch.

However, the most passionate celebration from Old Trafford didn’t come from either of Rooney’s goals, as subsequently ten minutes after he had secured the three points, news broke around the stadium that over 200 miles south in Wales, Swansea’s Barcelona-esque football had taken the lead.

However, amazingly the drama had not ended there, as deep into injury time, lineswoman Sian Massey correctly ruled out a Micah Richards header that would’ve kept City on top of the table on goal difference.

With 10 games to go, all eyes are now on Manchester, and it is the blue side of the city that seem to be panicking – as manager Roberto Mancini deployed goal keeper Joe Hart into the Swansea box for the final moments of the game. But there was no late joy and Sky’s cameras were focused on a City fan who sat tearful in the away end.

City has now won only two of their last eight away Premier League games.

As pundits try to presage the remaining ten games, it is United who seem to have the easier run in, as they will not meet a top six side before the title showdown on April 30th at the Etihad Stadium. This particular Manchester derby could prove to be pivotal and highly exciting.

But fate seems to be leaning towards the red half of the city, with West Brom going down to ten men (rightly so), David de Gea finally hitting form, Rooney scoring nine in his last six and referee Lee Probert failing to award the visitors a penalty just before the break. Although United looked strong and comfortable, as Sir Alex Ferguson deployed an attacking line up that consisted of Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck.

In contrast, City seemed to lack composure at the right time, as Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers rightly said they deserved the three points.

Mancini now faces the prospect of facing Chelsea in their next league game a week Wednesday (March 19th) four points behind United, assuming they take all three points at Wolves on Sunday.

As the goals are drying up for Mancini, (only 16 in their last 11) they may have to do the unthinkable and turn to a certain Argentine to rescue their season. Whether or not Tevez is up for the task remains to be seen though.

 Words by Adam Holden                                                                                                                                      



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  • Mystical Mike

    City have hit a brick wall, they are hardly creating chances.

    I also think Alan Hansen was right in that Balotelli is a distraction to the side. There doesn’t seem to be any harmony in the team, where as United are the complete opposite!

    United, been there, done it

  • Josh Tarrant

    There are still going to be many twists and turns this season. 10 games is a long way to go and it is only 1 point.

    Tevez could be the spark to get them firing again. Aguero, Tevez and Silva all on form would be crazy.

    But, Fergie – he knows what he is doing. The squad is starting to gel again. If they keep everyone fit and Rooney keeps socring it is thier championship to lose.

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