Besides the period when Darren Bent yet again found the net at OT for a third successive season in his third different team, the win against Villa on Tuesday had an inevitability about it. That could largely be due to the fact that the visitors were a goal down within the first 49 seconds of the match. If Wayne Rooney hadn't been just in time, the game could well have gone the other way given how well Villa played before we got our second goal.
It was nice to see Wayne hit the back of the net at Old Trafford again and the timing couldn't have been better given the events of the transfer window a day earlier and the sensational form of Javier Hernandez in his debut season. For some reason, Wayne's recovery seemed to dent Berba's confidence as the Bulgarian was a yard short of where he has been popping up lately to grab easy goals. That my initial reaction was that Berbatov had got us the second instead of Rooney says it all.
Captain Nemanja Vidic---what a hit! Name one forward in Europe who wouldn't be proud of that goal! He continues to leave us with no choice but to put him down firmly as a candidate for player of the season for the second time in three years. Victory kept us five points ahead of the rest of the league and extended our unbeaten record in the league to record equalling 29 games! That's 14 games left to play and you can't help but feel that with each win, we're getting closer to yet more history!
Gary Neville yesterday announced his retirement from football. He's called time on a Manchester United career that stretches back to 1991. A remarkable 20 year career in which he's won everything a player can dream of at the highest level. I hope the young players at the club can learn one or two things about determination and loyalty--two traits that define a man who bleeds United!