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Well that wasn`t scripted was it?

It wasn`t supposed to happen like that was it?

United were supposed to waltz into the Etihad Stadium and deliver a knockout blow to Manchester City`s title hopes, instead we failed to do ourselves justice and we slunk away into the dark Manchester sky knowing our dreams of a 20th top flight title hanging by a thread and relying on City to slip up either at Newcastle or at home to Queens Park Rangers.

Level on points, after last night, we acknowledge that if we win our last two games, against Swansea and Sunderland and City, as we expect, win their two then the title will be settled on goal difference and unless we can score a hatful in both our games, then bragging rights will belong to the blue half of the City.

So where did it go wrong last night?

Certainly, for a game awaited for by millions, it will never go down in the history books as a classic, with both goalkeepers hardly being worked, although to be fair to City, David de Gea was the busier of the two with Joe Hart being a virtual spectator.

Did Sir Alex make a crucial mistake by changing his system and bringing in Ji-Sung Park to stifle City and leaving Wayne Rooney to forage up front on his own? I`d say yes, because Rooney looked rattled, there was nobody to play-off and his game quickly deteriorated into a tit-for-tat with Kompany and Lescott.

Did we miss the presence of Jonny Evans alongside Rio Ferdinand? Once again I`d say yes because it as form a central area that City, on the stroke of half-time scored with Chris Smalling losing his man only for the Belgian international to head powerfully past De Gea.

Should Antonio Valencia have been utilized from the start? Once again I`d go for yes. Nani offered very little and in recent weeks the artistry of Valencia has been responsible for picking up several vital points.

So where do we go from here? Are there questions to be answered relating to the inclusion of both Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs from the start? On that one I`m not so sure, I`ve almost run out of answers as I look back on what was a very disappointing night for United, a night whereby the didn`t get an effort on target and looked, to be brutally honest, shot.

Finally, are Manchester City worthy champions? Well as the great Brian Clough once said - "the table never leis." So unless City slip up at Newcastle and we win both our remaining fixtures I`m going to have to take a deep breath and say - yes!

I bet you never thought you`d see me admit that did you fifthcolumnblue!

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 1 2012

Time: 4:29PM

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Nobby Allcock
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01/05/2012 16:44:00

bit severe isn't it?
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01/05/2012 17:27:00

Severe? More like ridiculous.
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01/05/2012 17:59:00

I'll wait until the last day of the season before I comment on that Redboy. ;-)
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01/05/2012 18:28:00

fbc calls it right. We have been City fans long enough to never celebrate until the final whistle blows.
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01/05/2012 20:18:00

City deserved the win - outplayed us - Fergie got it wrong again - but considering who he had to pick maybe a draw was best we could have hoped for - certainly no arse whooping that you City lot thought would happen!
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01/05/2012 21:01:00

Who thought NW?
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01/05/2012 21:25:00

Even if we do by some miracle somehow win the league this season and City capitulate worse than us, which lets be honest I can't see happening, they won't get as complacent and will show the determination we didn't it is inevitable they will win the league title sooner or later. Ultimately like Chelsea, Arsenal and Blackburn before them they'll set the bar for the next season and like before i'm expecting us to respond to it. Despite popular belief whilst City may of wet a bar this season, it's not quite the gulf in quality many will have us believe. Well here's hoping for that aforementioned miracle against Newcastle :P
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02/05/2012 12:24:00

Wet a bar? Set a bar* Oh and I was well off when predicting City wouldn't put in a serious challenge, I knew it was going to happen but i didnt expect it to be as soon as this season.
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02/05/2012 12:27:00

TF7, are you for real? Miracle? Newcastle could turn us over at St. James Park, or even draw the game, they did after all give U*d a 3-0 roasting at their place, so it's not beyond the realms and wouldn't even come close to being a miracle. As for capitulating worse than you, if City were to fail to win the league at this stage it wouldn't by any means represent a worse capitulation than U*d's recent one. U*d have dropped 8 points over 4 games, if City even drop two points from their last two the title is likely U*d's, so stop talking bollox.
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02/05/2012 12:56:00

yeah its advantage to them but there are still 2 games to go but I'm not holding my breath,for me its city's title.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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02/05/2012 14:50:00

I would just like to say that I'm proud of our boys we have fought them so well without our captain and Fletcher and losing so many vital players at key moments that I can't really fault their effort,yes we have to go and buy a FEW players not a lot just a few mostly in the middle of the park and a LB if possible to give evra competition and we will be all ready to fire on all cylinders.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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02/05/2012 14:56:00

It's a hard game no doubt Bluedub but I still can only see you winning it.
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02/05/2012 16:25:00

Antriksh I couldn't agree more but I also reckon a natural RB wouldn't go a miss.
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02/05/2012 16:27:00


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