The thing about chasing the leaders of the league is that you cannot afford to drop even a single point before they do lest they disappear in thin air. United did a good job of putting some considerable pressure on Chelsea before their game at the Emirates and even though they restored their five point lead, we did at least manage to keep in touch!
Take a look at Chelsea's next few fixtures and the book makers will almost certainly tell you that tomorrow is their likeliest chance of dropping points. Manchester City a.k.a 'The Bitters' are technically....okay, statistically the league's most difficult team to beat. They've only been neaten once this season (against you know who) and they've got these numerous draws that have thankfully kept them in our shadow even after a much anticipated season of 'City dominance over United'. We United fans could do with another City draw tomorrow. There is nothing as bad as watching two teams that you want both to lose. However, if there is any day we wouldn't mind a City win, it's tomorrow.
Now the idea is that by the time that game kicks off, we should...no, we must be two points behind Chelsea such that the worst we can get out of that match is keep five points behind.
West Ham are not having the best of seasons but you have to say that the game at Upton Park every season is a potential banana skin for United. We seem to lose our way there and that they've given their fans free scarfs ahead of the visit of the champions, we must really be at our best to go away with all the points.
It took a Ryan Giggs moment of magic to win us all the points there last season but we all know what happened the season before that and the season before that.
EVDS is fit and available but it has to be said that TK has made sure that we haven't really missed him. The injured defensive trio of Evans, O'Shea and Rio is still out as is Hargreaves so we should not really change much from he team that has been going out of late. Bebatov and Wayne Rooney should re-unite in attack once more. I expect Fergie to stick with Giggs in our starting line up with Player of the Month Antonio Valencia taking the other wing spot.
Sir Alex has already made it clear to the players that every game now is a must win so hopefully the lads will be mentally tuned for this one as well.