United to Rule On

by Mystical Mike

Monday, April 7th, 2008

United would be worthy champions

So after another round of matches, there’s only 5 weeks to go before the champions are crowned again and we are left with a 3-month gaping void in our lives that no amount of beer or women can fill. Instead that time is spent by us alpha males furiously debating the outcome of the following season and who is going to buy who from who and who will be good and who is crap and not worth one of your lightly salted Nobby’s Nuts.

But rewind to early April, for this season is not over yet, not by a long way and there’s plenty more debating to be done in the football support churches known locally as “pubs” and plenty more discussion to be had.

For the first time in years, with 5 games to go, there are 3 teams in with a shout, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool…no, sorry, my mistake, of course not Liverpool, I meant Arsenal, silly me. Liverpool have no chance.

Of course, the first name on that list is the one on everyone’s lips at the moment, Manchester United, back to playing the scintillating, silky and sublime football that, love them or loathe them, we all know they can do.

This season they have been tremendous, ok, mainly down to the fact that Ronaldo has had the season of his life, who would have thought that he would better his marvellous effort of last season? (Certainly I didn’t as I questioned the £31m I spent on him for my dream team at the start of the season) but there’s no denying that he has been the catalyst for them this term.

Super reds

But it’s not just been him, Tevez, although not setting the premier league alight, has scored some crucially valuable goals, the first against Chelsea, the equalizer against Spurs and the winner against Liverpool. Without those 3 goals alone United would be 3rd in the table. Wayne Rooney too has fired in some vital efforts, most recently of course the leveller against Boro at the weekend.

Other unsung heroes have been the defence, obviously Rio and Nemenja have been rocks at the back, conceding only 15 league goals in 32 games before yesterday is second to none throughout the league, Wes Brown, although not excelling in England colours, has had an excellent season and Evra on the other side is fast becoming one of the best left backs in the league.

Nani and Anderson were not considered big name signings when they arrived in the summer for large amounts of money but they have been successful signings, Nani showing that whatever Ronaldo can do, he can pretty much do too and Anderson is becoming the new Paul Scholes with the ability to control a match and force the opposition to play at United’s tempo. And Scholes himself is still going strong, with his sixth sense for finding gaps that aren’t there time and time again. Previously, he and Giggs would have been sorely missed after their impending retirements, but I don’t think so as much now, in fact, aside from the obvious changes in appearance, business will pretty much continue as normal once the transition has been made.

The only stumbling block I can see to halt United continuing their dominance is the lack of youth coming through; the best names on the Reds books are mostly out on loan to lower league sides but between them all there should be enough there to compete with the Premiership outside of the other big 3, with the likes of Rooney, Nani, Ronaldo and Tevez providing the experience to shore it all up. With Foster, Steele, Cambell, Pique and Simpson all making progress in the ranks it looks like Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are going to be left wanting for quite a while yet.

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  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    As an Arsenal fan it breaks my heart to see United in the form they are in now, and even with Vidic & Ferdinand out, I fully expect them to still beat Arsenal next Sunday.

    The difference between the United of this season to last is simple, they have strength in depth. Their bench is full of world class players. I didn’t rate Tevez at West Ham but now I see how much work he puts in, his link up play & vision are superb. Throw in Anderson, Nani, Saha, O’Shea & Hargreaves. They seem to have the correct blend, in experience & youth.

    If you compare the United squad to the Arsenal squad you can easily see where the Gunners have gone wrong. Eboue wouldn’t even get into the United reserve team, and yet he plays every game, he is still to score this season which is a disgrace for a right midfielder, especially when when Ronaldo has scored 3 times as many as our whole midfield. Rosicky is a big miss but Wenger chose not to sign any players in January, which I feel was a massive mistake. It’s all well and good having players for the future but you need experience to help them grow.

    Anyway, as this article is about United, I for one would be more than happy if they won the league, as long as the Chavs don’t win it, because they are a disgrace to the beautiful game.

  • http://blog.ukfootballfinder.co.uk/?author=14 Teflon

    Arsenal have lacked Depth in certain positions and the Cover is just not good enough (Bendtner for Van Persie… Eboue for Rosicky, Denilson for Cesc… The Arsenal First Squad is amazing, but without the Cover that United and Chelsea have, I feel they will never win a trophy unless they reinforce the bench.

    United are in great form though, and as a Gooner it also breaks my heart to say it. But the Gunners have given up on the league… An awful display at the weekend shows it the Champions League on Wengers Mind.

    Mind you, United took a 2-2 draw at Middlesborough and it was a very very impressive play from Boro’ At one point they almost looked like stealing the game. It will be an interesting week with Ferdie and Vidic out. Don’t write their names on that trophy yet!

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    I’ve got a horrible feeling that The Chavs will nick it, imagine that? They will be the dullest side to win the league since Howard Wilkinson’s Leeds United.

    They have a habbit of winning games when being outplayed. They are so boring that they actually send the opposition to sleep, that’s when they score all their goals.

    Chelsea = zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Aslan

    As a united supporter i see if the league went the way of chelsea it would be very unjustified. Arsenal and Manchester united have been consistent for most of the season however man utd have been more consistent than arsenal. I find it bemusing that arsenal are 3rd. They should be top or second at least with the way they have performed with such a young squad. Saying this, you can play 38 games well but still lose all 38 and arsenal are suffering from lack of depth in the team. Man utd have a player to cover each position if a player gets injured. The quality may be poor but they have someone there nonetheless. I can see arsenal losing at OT next week but winning at anfield tonight! The depth isnt there for the premier league but the champions league may come to either emirates or OT this season MARK MY WORDS!

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Aslan

    P.S The reason i said all this about arsenal is to balance out the praise you gave united darren. I cant see united not conceding against arsenal next week if both CB’s are out injured.

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