Top of the league is where we are at the moment (which is good) but we'll in all probability kick off on Sunday against Fulham in third place. Arsenal and Chelsea play a today against opposition they'll almost certainly beat (if their title challenges are anything to go by) so on a day when we officially mark the 100th birthday of Old Trafford, we must make the fixture count with a positive result. A win is surely what United ought to achieve. Anything less and we could live to regret the day. We're nine games from making major history at the club and in the country so hopefully the players keep it 'Milanic' --to coin a word from our magnificent performance on Wednesday night.
There are no new injury concerns which is good news as well so we really have to go for it come Sunday lunchtime. Fulham have always been a boogey side for us in many ways. Interestingly they have handed us our heaviest defeat this season--a 3-0 job at Craven Cottage just before the turn of the year. That's two defeats to them in two seasons out of four games. I;m confident that we can beat them at home but they are one of those teams that build confidence from your mistakes. They have the ability to defend well for 90 minutes so if we give them a sniff of the points, we might regret it.
We came off the away leg in Milan very tired according to the manager and suffered our sixth league defeat the following weekend. That will not be among the excuses this time as we played at home and have the extra day to rest. The lads will have a full week off before the next home game against Liverpool. So when you compare the schedule we had last season to what we have, you'd expect a fresh team every matchday.
Having said all that, let's not forget the milestone achievement on Sunday. I'm sure neither me nor you will live to see OT celebrate 200 years--so let's make the most of tomorrow and sing; TOGETHER NOW;
'Happy 100th Birthday OT!'