With Man City beating Chelsea yesterday and playing Stoke on Saturday, we could very well find ourselves back in second place before we take on Fulham on Monday.
The title race was far from over but City’s late winner against Roberto Di Matteo’s inform side has made it an extremely close fight for the title. Manchester United tickets will be scarce when we face them in what is expected to be the title decider at the Etihad on April 30th but with a number of games to come before there is still time for either side to wobble.
The Britannia isn’t an easy ground so there is no guarantee that City will actually win, but a point ahead all we can do to ensure that we finish at the top of the pile come May is carry on winning our games, starting with Fulham on Monday.
In December we were dominant in hammering 5 past Martin Jol’s side as Welbeck, Nani, Giggs, Rooney and Berbatov all got on the scoresheet. Craven Cottage has been somewhat of a haven for Fulham, 27 of their 36 points have come at home, so our win there looks better when looked at in that respect.
But on the road it’s a different matter.
They have won just TWICE away from West London with 5 draws making up the rest of their points and coupling this with United’s current form and usual home form all avenues lead to another win for us.
You have to go all the way back to 2003, where goals from Lee Clark, Steed Malbranque and Junichi Inamoto gave them a memorable win at Old Trafford. Since then it has been nothing but pain, conceeding 23 and scoring just 4, with the most recent fixture ending2-0 win with goals from Berbatov and Valencia.
Whilst United have been poor in Europe, in the league we’ve have pushed to retain the title with our last defeat coming back in January to Newcastle. Since have dropped just 2 points, in the come from behind 3-3 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. United came through a tough spell of games in the league that saw them take on Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool in a matter of weeks so now we enjoy a somewhat easier period.
With Sir Alex confirming the likes of Nani and Phil Jones are in contention for Fulham’s visit on Monday night whilst the likes of Cleverley and Smalling have return in recent weeks, United will be going into the last stages of the title race in as good shape as they can.
Tickets for the Fulham game are still available from Ticket Bis.
We need to win all our games and nothing has changed. I think too much has been made out of the Man City result. I mean we didn’t expect them to lose to Swansea, but that’s what happened. Chelsea didn’t deserve anything and were well beaten by Man City. In fact Chelsea were pretty awful, especially in the 2nd half. They scored a lucky goal but always looked like conceding and losing the match.
Man City still have some tough away games, such as Stoke, Arsenal and Newcastle. We don’t know what will happen in the season as there as still 9 games to go. Yesterdays result is no reason to panic though. Man City are going to get harder matches and tougher challenges. I stress again that Chelsea were terrible and City deserved to win.