Never write off Man Utd

by James Baker

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Just when you thought it was all over, all bets are on again following the dramatic results from this weekend. Chelsea could almost touch the title with 17 seconds remaining of the Manchester derby on Saturday lunchtime.

As football pundits annoyingly remind us every season “never write off Man Utd”. I think even Fergie had given up on this season being a United vintage and had conceded the title to the blue side of London. Then one of Fergie’s golden generation ghosted in to the box unmarked and guided a header in to the corner of the net. It may mean nothing at the end of the season or it may mean everything. All we do know at the moment is that it has kept the title race going and all is still to play for. As pleased as Scholesy must have been with his winning goal, was there really any need for Gary Neville’s reaction at the final whistle? I’m sure Neville slipped Scholesy the tongue as he planted one on Scholesy’s north. Ah, the modern day professional footballer. Could you imagine Jack Charlton planting one on Billy Bremner’s lips?

The mood at Chelsea must have darkened as soon as the nuggety, ginger one had scored to keep the title race alive. Ancelotti must have hoped that the result from earlier would galvanise his team to produce a champions performance at one of Chelsea’s lucky grounds. Instead, he got an anaemic performance from his team that seemed to lack the strength and guile required to win the title. They were outplayed by a hungry and quite brilliant Tottenham team that left the boys from the Lane with a brilliant chance of finishing in the top four come the end of the season. Tottenham have had more problems beating Chelsea and Arsenal over the past 20 years than any other team and to deservedly beat them both in a week has been remarkable. I’m not known for praising Tottenham but Redknapp and his team deserve enormous credit for their performances, especially after the heartbreak of their semi-final defeat last week. Well done Spurs. As long as they steer clear of Lasagne, fourth place is well within their grasp.

As for Chelsea, they know that they are still involved in a titanic struggle to regain the title. They have three big games remaining. How will they cope on Saturday against a Stoke team that are not afraid to play the ball high in to the box without their captain, Terry who was quite rightly shown a red card on Saturday? Anyone else worried about Terry’s from ahead of the World Cup? Drogba seems to have a hernia problem and could miss games. Maybe the title is not quite over yet.

Arsenal were out of it last week and they are still out of it after snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Fair play to Wigan who kept on going but no team should lose a game when leading 2-0 with 10 minutes to go. That result is a real horror for Arsenal and another season of flattering to deceive from the Gunners will leave their fans very upset. Where to now for Wenger? Should he be trying to sign Joe Hart or Rob Green for the keeping position? A new centre-half must be a requirement as well as a striker to put the ball away. How many goals would someone like Defoe score at a team like Arsenal?

On a personal note, I will be hoping the weekend’s football action ends with another minor miracle. Being a West Ham fan for nearly 30 years, I have never had the pleasure of an away win at Anfield. 1963 was the last time the Hammers triumphed up there. I fully expect another whipping this evening but I will be watching with hope as always. Come on you Irons and enjoy the run in chaps to this strange but great season.

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  • dexylongshot

    Kiss of death last night eh Baker, pile of wank from the Irons. The only thing to look forward to now is the title being decided on the last day of the season and the possibility of a survival sunday scenario with Hull, can’t wait…not.

  • mike

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Arsenal nabbed Hart off City- they need him badly

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