Wednesday, 29 December 2010


Yet another away draw, yet another dropped points in the dying seconds of a game.

You'd think that in any other season, United would have taken advantage of Chelsea's slump in form and pushed clear atop the league. Unfortunately however, the away draw curse has ensured that the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal that have lost at least five games are still title contenders. I mean we talk of the games in hand we have against Chelsea and Blackpool but again those are away games and given that we're hading into the final third of the season with just the one away win, you can't really say that we'd get maximum points in those games.

We seem unbeatable at home and yet our players shrink a but away from home. We did play well in the second half last night and we were unlucky not to go 2-0 up midway in that period but we let Birmingham on us in the last few seconds so it was almost always likely that they'd get an equaliser albeit in controversial circumstances.
It was a linesman that cost us the title last season and how fitting that another linesman cost us a precious away win in the last game of 2010. Here's to better luck in 2011.

The point was enough to keep us top of the league going into the new year and still unbeaten after 18 games but given that the next game is away to West Brom on Saturday, you can't help but feel that we'll not be top after Saturday if we fail to win at the Hawthorns.

Monday, 27 December 2010


After two weeks without football, we finally got to see United play yesterday--at home again and this time against a tricky Sunderland side.

In truth we could have won by a much bigger scoreline but we'll take 2-0 as it preserves our lead at the top of the table as well as extending our unbeaten start to the season to 17 games.
Dimitar Berbertov might just soon find himself getting the nod when it comes to the crunch games as he's quickly winning over even more critics. A second consecutive man of the match award definitely did no harm to him as far as that is concerned.

The one glitch that still hovers over our season so far is our away form. One win and five draws away from home means that our two games in hand plus the game away to Birmingham tomorrow are going to severely test us. We've done well on the expansive Old Trafford Pitch but how we cope on the relatively smaller St. Andrews and the like could be what ultimately defines our season.

Thursday, 16 December 2010


So while I was away (particularly from blogging) United have risen to the summit of the EPL and also won their Champions League group.

League: After our 7-1 thrashing of Blackburn, we missed a league game at Blackpool because they can't afford under soil heating and we beat one of our rivals for the title---Arsenal. Sunday presents us with an opportunity to stamp our authority over the title race---whether we take it is still an unsettled question.

Europe: We won our group albeit after surrendering our defensive record at home to Valencia so we can look forward to a kind draw tomorrow. Don't cross your fingers because we've topped it twice in a row and look what we got last season and the season before last.

Cup: We still have the FA Cup to look forward to come January but a fairly strong side capitulated at Upton Park and saw us dumped out. I mean it's hard to remember the last time we lost 4-0!

Park: He must be doing something right! Too bad he's got to go for the Asian Cup.

Rooney: Instrumental in all our victories since his return but he can't buy a goal. Poor penalty against Arsenal and he must be the most relieved that Le Arse didn't make us pay.

It's Chelsea in the league on Sunday and I hope the players play with the same bitterness they had when the rent boys pipped us to the title by a point!

Saturday, 11 December 2010


Due to one or two issues, I'm working on getting back to regular blogging. So this blog will be dormant for a couple of weeks.