Two weeks ago, Manchester United were five points behind Chelsea, and being ruled out of retaining their title already. Alan Hansen said the title certainly was not won in the first month of the season, but it certainly could be lost.
John Terry spoke out about United’s situation before August had even ended, saying, “Five points is a hell of a gap to have this early on. It’s going to be difficult for United.”
Then Chelsea draw with Liverpool, lose to Villa and drew with Blackburn today, whilst United pick up three points against Spurs, Sunderland and Everton. Now we’re third in the league, ahead of Chelsea on goal difference, and Terry is left with egg on his face. Clearly Terry was overestimating Chelsea’s quality this season, as catching up the five points hasn’t been difficult at all, and certainly wasn’t the one “hell of a gap” JT thought it was. Whilst we, the fans, would say the past three games have been difficult, in terms of the effect the dying moments have had on our hearts, the team, riddled with injuries and missing players, has scored a goal a game whilst playing football in their second gear.
Jose is outraged that his side were robbed of three points by the officials, only picking up one point at home, feeling as though Kalou’s goal should have stood. How quickly he forgot the point his side left the dippers with only a matter of weeks before, after the officials wrongly gifted his team a goal. Swings and roundabouts Mr Mourinho.
We’ve yet to put our foot on the gas, but have managed to pick up maximum points from our last three games. It’s been vital for us to get these wins, snatching goals against teams who’d feel a draw was a fairer result. We’ve had 70 minutes out of Saha, 45 minutes out of Rooney, three games from Ronaldo after today, and Tevez gaining match fitness with each match he plays, still settling in to our side without his preferred formation of a striker playing in front of him.
Both United and Chelsea have been below par this season, which sets the scene perfectly for next weekend’s match at Old Trafford. Hopefully by then Rooney and Saha will have had more game time under their belts, and Ronaldo can benefit from more match time after playing his first game in a month today, when we face Sporting midweek.
Those who hit the panic button a few weeks ago will be feeling gladly foolish and the ABUs will be feeling disgruntled. What a difference two weeks make. Roll on next weekend.
We’ll Never Die.