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Time To Eat A Little Humble Pie

Disclaimer: I do not wish to suggest that United are going to win the league. We might do that, we might not.

OK, I made fun of pundits predicting Liverpool to win the league - and I stand by that as I was one of those who thought Liverpool would be lucky to make third this season - but I have to admit that my foresight failed me when it came to United.

After the Burnley game I wrote down what I had been feeling ever since Ronaldo's departure: that the squad is not good enough to win the Premier League. The reasons? Our players are too injury-prone, Scholes and Giggs are getting older, Nani and Anderson did not deliver the way we expected them to and because it's awfully, impossibly hard to win four in a row.

Now, after 31 games we are top of the league once again and we'll stay there even if Chelsea win their game in hand on Wednesday. And I must admit I stand corrected: this squad, with all its flaws, is capable of delivering the fourth consecutive league crown.

Again, I have to stress it does not mean that we're going to. We have the toughest run-in of the three contenders and we might easily end up third. My point is, though, that it will not be because of some systematic failure, it will be because it can happen, because football is a funny old game. Everyone expected us to be vastly inferior to Chelsea but we are up here, competing, matched them in points and performance levels as well and we have a better goals-per-games ratio than in any season since 1999/2000.

So, I have to eat some humble pie and admit that Fergie deserves all the credit, yet again. He was right about having faith in this squad and though it has obvious flaws this season is going much, much better than most of us anticipated. If we win the league (and it's a big if) I believe that will be our greatest and sweetest title success of the Ferguson era.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 22 2010

Time: 10:30AM

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I have to agree, you guys have a great squad. Its not about the high profile players- You guys make squad players look world class. It's all down to the team spirit and the determination to win, really. Fletcher, Ji Sung Park, Evans, Brown- They've all been in and out but have done a good job. The title's yours to lose now, but we cannot complain. It was ours to lose for 29 games, but we bottled it at the last leg of the sprint. It's going to be tight, but anything can happen. I'm still hoping we can beat you lot to it, if we somehow manage to win that OT tie, but the real danger's Arsenal, IMO. Assuming Chelsea do beat Untied at OT, but get beaten at Anfield or 3point lane- Arsenal will be the ones who will take advantage of that, even if United win all the other games. So every one of your games is a must win, so is ours.
JT_daniel
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22/03/2010 10:38:00

JT_daniel ur spot on. Arsenal have a veeeeeeeery easy schedule. In my opinnion they are the favourites
alexpant
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22/03/2010 12:12:00

We have done brilliantly this season regardless of where we finish in the end. The squad demonstrated their ability and spirit to me when we beat wolfsburg 3-1 with evra as the only defender in the team. That was the turning point for me, because I knew we had so many incredible players to come back. I have to say however, if chelsea had met their normal standards this season - there would have been no title race, in that regard we got lucky. When you look at the likes of Arsenal, City, Villa, Spurs, Everton, Liverpool, Birmingham, Fulham and Stoke and the form they've shown this season - winning the title this year would be our greatest ever achievement.
tuscan3000
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22/03/2010 12:33:00

This has to be one of the most disjointed title races ever. The performances by all the big teams have been pretty average for most of the season. Considering what we came with into this season, we have done very well. Once again, ability of our players to play in different positions and the strength of our squad has delivered!
elvido
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22/03/2010 14:04:00

If we manage to win it , it will be the greatest achievement .. No doubt .. But even if Arsenal win it , i ll really appreciate Wenger .. The man stuck with his policy even after a lot of media pressure .. But i hope we do the Double this time
Born_as_Devil
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22/03/2010 15:50:00

First of all JT,fletcher is no longer a squad player,he is one of the first names on the teamsheet and secondly a lot of credit has to go to the other teams for raising their game and making life difficult for the top 4.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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22/03/2010 18:35:00

This season has been so interesting, its been at its most exciting in years!
Well done to all teams for taking points off 'top' four, and looks like Liverpoo may even finish 7th HAHA
niteworlok
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22/03/2010 21:28:00

This season has been so interesting, its been at its most exciting in years!
Well done to all teams for taking points off 'top' four, and looks like Liverpoo may even finish 7th HAHA
niteworlok
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22/03/2010 21:29:00

 

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