Is this the end of Manchester United’s dominance of top flight football in England? One thing is for sure last weekend will go down as one of the most significant weekends in
Premier League history. We (Liverpooland ABU- anyone but united fans) have been waiting years for a day like last Sunday when Manchester City thumped their biggest rivals 6 -1 on their home
patch. The result may seem extreme and does not give a true reflection of both teams – No one can doubt that on theday city were the better team but the Johnny Evans red card was the decisive turning point. I do believe Fergie got what he deserved as his team selection was terrible. Leaving out Jones Valencia Hernandez Vidic and (most surprisingly for me) Park proved to be a critical error
for the United gaffer. No one can deny that United have an excellent squad but they are very weak in central midfield. Fletcher and Anderson looked like schoolboys up against Yaya Toure and Barry. Fergie knows he needs to strengthen here as the likes of Carrick and the above mentioned duo would struggle to hold down a regular starting place in a mid-table premier league team such as Stoke
or Sunderland. United have resorted to dropping Rooney into the middle for the past 2 weeks and this is taking away from the team on an attacking front. Will missing out on Sneidner prove a costly mistake?
Don’t write United off just yet – Although the result was emphatic, the reality is only 3 points were on offer. City may have won the battle but the war is far from over. The title is won over 38 games and in my eyes United are still favourites largely because of the experience in the squad and the winning mentality which Fergie has established. However I must give credit to City and Mancini. He got his tactics and team selection spot on and things are looking good for the Eastland’s outfit. City are in excellent from at present but it remains to be seen if they will be good enough to maintain this from all season. Every team in Premier League seasons gone by (with the exception of Arsenal invincibles) will have a bad spell in the course of a season. It will be during this dip in form when we will learn more about Man City’s title credentials. And don’t forget City have never been in a situation like this before – They must now deal with the favourites tag for the premier
league and balance this with progressing in the Champions League.
Although the suffered an embarrassing and ill-tempered defeat yesterday at the hands of QPR I would not write Chelsea off yet. So far this season people have been writing Chelsea
off but one must remember they ran United very close last season and have many some very good additions to their squad this season with the purchases of Mata and Meiriless. I think they can take great heart from yesterday’s display and that will no doubt help them to kick on and get their season back on track.
DON’T WRITE ARSENAL OFF TOO SOON – Wenger a man who was under severe pressure just a few weeks back has put together a decent string of performances and are slowly and quietly climbing back towards the top. If RVP can keep his exceptional run of goal scoring up and if Mertesacker can sort out the defence frailties then I believe Arsenal could be shock title contenders.
This is our Year – despite the poor result at home to Norwich I still believe Liverpool will win it this year!!!! (Although this hasn’t happened from the previous ten years I’ve been saying the same thing). We will keep believing until itis mathematically not possible!