Well, in the end, I guess we can all do with three points as they are never guaranteed at this stage of the season. United were supposed to put on a performance last night as Pompey showed that they were not up for the challenge--instead, Ryan Giggs and co. contrived to miss several one on one chances that made us nervy until Carrick scored the killer a few minutes from the final whistle. United's problem in the past two months or so has been negotiating a second goal to kill off opponents and you feared that the goal would never come yesterday when our most experienced player failed to score on three occasions when only the keeper was between him and the goal. If anything, this was supposed to be the day when we improved our goal difference in case the title comes to that. In the end, Wayne Rooney did enough to spur us to victory and I hope he is in the mood till the very end of the season. Paul Scholes marked his 600th appearance with an assist that won us the game but the ginger magician will do well to reduce the number of stray passes he gives these days. Anderson looks more and more his natural replacement and I thought he was our man of the match yesterday. His pass to Giggs for our first goal was something next to Brazillian magic. He tends to lose concentration in games but he is essentially still a young player so you'd think that with time, he'll make the first team grade.
It was a vital win that will go a long way in delivering us that 18th title. As it stands, we could still lose 2 games and lift the title come May so I'd like to think that 13 points out of 18 will do for us.
From now till the end of the season, it's a matter of concentration and consistency and we'll be fine. If we negotiate pat Arsenal, we could find ourselves with a good chance of defending our two big trophies! O'Shea and Garry are injured so I guess it's up to Rafael and the returning Brown to sort us out at right-back!