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United - Summer Happpiness?

Could the barren end to last season, with only the Carling Cup victory to remember trophy-wise, make things end different this year?

It`s an absorbing question but a question that Nani has mulled over as he contemplates a long summer, albeit several weeks away, when he`s quoted as having remarked in the tabloid press,

"Last summer I could not stop thinking about how Chelsea beat us to the league."

"Thanks to God I could distract myself with getting on with the World Cup."

"This summer there is no World Cup. The summer will be long and I want to go on holiday with a big smile on my face after winning at least one title."

"We know nothing is won yet and we have to maintain our consistency application and focus to win any."

My belief is that the Premier League is ours to lose, as for the Champions League, let`s get past Chelsea and then see how it goes shall we!

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 25 2011

Time: 12:19PM

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I think with the remaining program in PL, we should be okay, Arsenal are throwing away points on regular basis, and will have trouble holding on to second place, PL is ours. Regarding CL, I think over 2 games we are too strong for Chelsea, their forwards are not producing, and we will probably draw at Stanford Brigde and beat them 2-0 at Old Trafford. Winning the CL is a different matter, but I see us going to the final, and with a fair chance as well. I believe SAF will continue to play squad players in the FA Cup simply because the other two titles are more important, and with our defence stretched he will not risk all our star players in what most be considered the least important cup.. However I want this 19th title badly, I would be willing to sacrifice the other two just for the PL.. Go on reds, make us proud.
I'm not entirely convinced anything is set in stone yet with a few twists and turns still to come. We're in a strong domestic position at current and we can take solace in the fact that Arsenal typically drop points at about this time in the season. However, with a game against them and Chelsea still (which could mean a 6 point rise over us assuming they win and we lose on both occassions) things are still in serious contention and i'm still not sure whether Chelsea will be the dark horse and pip us to it.
The Champions League will be the least likely of them all. Whilst we're capable of beating every team in the world it's another feat to actually do it. Inter & Chelsea have had relatively poor seasons (not that we've been much better) and we're quite capable of beating both over the two legs, that said they could just as easily do the same to us. Then there would be the final against Barca or Madrid. I'm undecided on which I would prefer to be honest. Barca play a brilliant passing attacking game but their LB, CDM and GK are all suspect of being exploited quite easily. Furthermore Barca will be playing into our hands with our counter-attacking football and our solid, tolerant, disciplined defense (assuming the 1st choice team will be playing) should be capable of controlling their attacks (Arsenal done so relatively well with their notoriously poor defense) despite their abundance of ability. Real Madrid however are perhaps the worse of the two (i'm not mad, honest!). They play a very similar system to us but with superior players (par the odd few), their weakness however is that they don't quite have the team spirit we do or that 'never say die' attitude. Fergie has never outsmarted Jose whilst Jose has outsmarted Fergie repeatedly, his solid defensive game is ridiculously hard to break down whilst his counter-attacking football is hard to defend against. Jose plans for every match and knows how to keep a player out of the game and if the 5hit hits the fan and it just isn't working for him, unlike Barca, he can change and tweak his system.
The FA Cup should get more attention than the Champions League, solely because it's much more winnable. Personally, I was annoyed to see Fergie field a stronger team against Marseille, in a round of the Champions League that is hardly important, to the team fielded against Arsenal, in a much more crucial round and winnable tournament. If this trophy is undermined and not shown the respect it deserves by Fergie and he insists on fielding a weakened team, like that against Arsenal, then we won't get too far against City. City's game isn't 'honest' or 'positive', in fact it's far from it and our counter attacking football, that seems to work with any squad of players against Arsenal, will only get us so far against City. City change their system to adapt to the game unlike Arsenal and so will be a massive challenge in that respect also. We're capable of beating City as shown time and again before (and not even with our strongest side) but we must still be wary of the genuine footballers in their squad with a genuine hunger for something other than money. It's their first trip to Wembley in a while, they've not won anything in yonks, their playing against their rivals and they're revelling at the prospect of burning the 35-year banner, they have numerous incentives to win and nothing to lose and we should be wary of that. I can't iterate enough that Fergie should be respectful and field a strong side rather than concerning himself with the Champions League. If we meet Bolton in the final we should be able to beat them with a fresh, strong side assuming that, once again, we're not too respectful, naive or ignorant.
"City's game isn't 'honest'" could you elaborate on that TF7?
I personaly dont think United have anything in the bag, i think city have a team more than capable of beating united altough i think united will probably sneak it, the prem is also not a dead cert as many believ it wil be, i dont think arsenal have the mental toughness to catch united but chelsea certainly do, united have the presure of the 19th league title, theyre going through a dip in form, their away record is poor and defence is strugling, they have a tough away game next against in form west ham and also have to go to arsenal before they host chelsea, whereas chelsea have a fully fit squad, are on their best run since start of season, have as easy a 6 game run as they could have before going to old traford and with david luiz looking phenomonal and unavailable for champs league he will be giving everyting to drive chelsea to title, as for champs league, i cant see united geting anywhere near chelsea over 2 legs, chelseas defence is looking rock solid with alex coming back and the midfield playing with energy, it can only be chelsea

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