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Portsmouth Game Could Decide The Season

Our esteemed member Man Utd champions believes that United have one hell of a task to keep their title hopes alive. Is this Pompey game really that important?

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that United are already facing a pivotal game in their battle to retain the Premier League title, with the trip to Portsmouth's Fratton Park vital if United are to stay in touch with their rivals. After the disappointing draw against Newcastle, even this early on, United simply cannot afford to lose.

Last season also started slowly, but this season, United miss the Fulham game due to playing in the Super Cup. Therefore, anything less than a win at Fratton Park could leave United seven or eight points behind their rivals before they go to Anfield. And with the Chelsea game away to come after that, it simply doesn't get any easier.

Psychologically, even knowing we had a game in hand, going to Stamford Bridge that far behind would give Chelsea a massive advantage. And if we thought we'd have an easy game, after the disappointing display in the 4-0 thrashing by Chelsea, Portsmouth are going to be keen to make amends as
well.

If United can get through this game unscathed, then their Title hopes are back on. Lose, and United could be facing the possibility of being virtually out of the race by the middle of September. After all, with a side hit by injury, six points at Anfield and Stamford Bridge is simply
asking too much.

True, we have a good record against Liverpool in recent times, but trips to Anfield are never easy. A point there may not be considered by some to be a good result, but unless things start to look up, that might be the best we can hope for. And as for Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea are
unbeaten in however many games, United face a tough task to come away from there with anything, let alone all three points.

With so many injuries, and our strike force really struggling, one can only hope that the return of Tevez, coupled with the addition of a new striker helps United back to scoring regularly. We'll come good,
eventually, but the worry is, will it be too late then?

But it's not all doom and gloom: we are United, and we will survive. Most of our injured players should be back soon; the team that won the Double just three months ago (however long it may seem) are still intact, and if United manage to sign a striker, that can only help Rooney and Tevez.

Chelsea fans may be happy at the moment, but as we said last season, the Premier League is a marathon not a sprint. The trophies are handed out in May, not August. And when they are, who's to say it won't be United who are celebrating?




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Writer: Man Utd champions Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 25 2008

Time: 8:55AM

Your Comments

i must admit that ive not read the article but the title seems a bit dramatic doesnt it! 2nd game in and you suggest that this game could decide the season already? a bit dramatic methinks...
pompeyrug
Maybe, but when you consider we've got Liverpool and Chelsea away coming up next... we could potentially be well adrift half way through September.
Man utd champions
I've never heard such bolloxs. You've lost against us in April 06 & still won the title. Last season, you drew at home to Reading & then drew with us & you still won the title!!!
storagematt
Yes, storagematt, but we didn't have Chelsea and Liverpool as our next two games, and we didn't have a side so struggling with injuries (apart from Rooney) last season. Plus, both Chelsea and Liverpool are looking quite promising, and I can't see us being allowed to get away with it again.
Man utd champions
Man Utd Champions, the thing you forget is though we have our tough matches at the beginning, it measn we have an easier end to the season with the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea coming to Old Trafford. Bit too early for all the doom and gloom talk me thinks...
united4life
Yes, that is true, united4life, and it's a good point. However, I'm not doubting United's ability, but a good start is important. Yes, our end of season is a lot easier than the start, but if we're not there or there abouts, it's not all that helpful. I'm not saying United can't win the league or anything, just that if we don't win the Portsmouth game, because of the fact we miss the next game, we could already be quite a long way behind the rest. It would hardly do our confidence much good going into those tricky away games. Maybe it is too much of the doom and gloom - believe you me, I hope I am very very wrong, but I just worry...
Man utd champions
The thing is, all teams have shown weakness already. Liverpool have been *****e but have fluked two wins..they will fall away before christmas as per usual. Chelsea also were far from convincing yesterday. I think this season will see the top 4 lose and draw alot more to the teams around them, so i wouldnt get too distraught yet.
united4life
I am trying... and I can see your points. I really, really, really hoep you are right. Chelsea were slightly fortunate to get all three points against Wigan (I mean, come on!) and I couldn't believe how Liverpool managed to win, plus Arsenal have already lost. So maybe it's not too bad. Let's hope we win tonight, because if we lose, I'm sorry, but I'm not going to be thinking on the positive side of things.
Man utd champions
* hope So, I guess things aren't all that bad, and with a team of United's ability, okay, I'll give them a chance. A thumping win tonight, and I'd be more optimistic about our chances. But I still think it's going to be tough.
Man utd champions
YES!!!!! I really didnt think we would get the win tonight. We had so much enregy in our team; Rooney, Tevez, Fletcher, Anderson and Evra. And how about Vidic......*****in rock! Its weired but I feel really good after this win. Liek the same feeling I get when we beat one of the top 4.
united4life
Yeah, i felt it too- it was a really satisfying feeling. Thankfully, we did beat Portsmouth, so all the things that could have resulted from a bad result are irrelevant. Fletcher scored ours and his second goal of the season; Rooney was terrific and should have got the goal that was wrongly called off-side, Tevez was again energetic and played well; Evra put in some outstanding tackles and looked brilliant down the wing; Vidic was ever-present at the back; and Anderson - well you wouldn't know he'd only just got back from China. Rio Ferdinand did say after the match that if they hadn't have won, they'd be well behind, and on a bit of a downer (manutd.com) but as it happens, everything worked out okay, and we can move on to the super cup in good heart, with hopefully the news of Berbatov's imminent arrival to cheer us further.
Man utd champions
 

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