United Go Six Points Clear
I'm sorry but if you're expecting a proper, full match report I have to disappoint you. The reason of it is simple: I did not get around to watch the game. Yes, I'm extremely annoyed by this fact as I hate listening to the radio commentary but I had to do it anyway.
From what I've heard it seemed we were playing pretty well but wasteful finishing kept us over the edge. Of course, Silvestre has once again managed to present a goal to our opponent so the last few minutes were panicky against a ten-man Reading but United held on.
I'm now on the point to contradict myself by saying I feel elated. It's easy to guess why: after all my dark predictions and psychological nonsense, the lads proved they are better than I would have thought them to be and with a little help from Fulham and Reading, United opened up a six-point gap at the top of the Premiership table.
I know all the statistical evidence Chelsea fans are going to throw at me to prove it means nothing at all. But hey, when was the last time we had been in such a commanding position at the New Year. Well it's easy to answer, it happened of course in 2001. We were on top of the table in early 2004, too but we knew that a defensive crisis were soon going to overwhelm the team merely because Rio's eight-month ban. Oh, and we played mediocre football in that season, unlike now.
Ronaldo's scintillating form is another reason to be happy about. Here he is, vilified for the World Cup, for diving, for breathing and he shrugs his shoulders and scores a couple of goals past just about everybody who comes his way. (He very rarely turns into the direction of van der Sar's goal which is fortunate). Now the Portuguese winger is a genuine contender for the top goalscorer's award and that's astonishing to be honest.
Six goals to a striker's name after 21 league games played is not a particularly fantastic stat. But considering this striker is 33, spent the last three years in treatment rooms and he missed three weeks of this campaign, too, we can come to a conclusion: he is astonishing.
I'm talking about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, of course as you have surely guessed it by now. I think the club have shown endless respect to him and helped him a lot during his ordeal and he's now paying it back by the only way he's really good at: scoring goals. His form shows it was a fantastic decision to trust him.
And the last two games have shown more accurately than anything else could have done that Nemanja Vidic is as close to indispensable as one can be. Mikael Silvestre committed only one major error against Wigan but I honestly think it was due to the fact that Vidic had been there with him. If I can believe the radio commentators and the match reports, he was a constant liability against Reading and his mistake allowed the Royals back into the game at the very end of the 90 minutes. Let's pray Vidic does not get injured otherwise we'll endure a difficult ride.
Rooney played well again but failed to score again. Sometimes I feel he should be a midfielder. OK, it's a joke, I still think he has a relatively poorer season and he'll soon bang in them goals. With 47 goals in 21 games United really seem to cope well with a mis-firing Rooney. Sir Alex trusts Wayne just as he had faith in Vidic and Solskjaer and Ronaldo...