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United's Season Is Over?

Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by Middlesbrough at Old Trafford - and now the title is in Chelsea's hands.

I know we are 4 points ahead right now but Chelsea only have to win all their remaining games to win their third successive Premiership title. Can you see them dropping any points? I can't.

We got off to a dream start as Scholes sent a beautiful pass into Rooney's path who took it round Schwarzer and allowed the arriving Richardson to score from close range.

Despite the fantastic start, United did not look settled and though Boro did not seem to possess any kind of attacking threat, we had to be careful. We were sloppy in possession and did not create chances so it's no surprise we were punished at the end of the first 45 minutes.

The blow was all the harder to take because of Rio's injury. In the second half, United looked even more shaky and we must be grateful to van der Sar for thwarting Viduka though it's true the Australian striker used his hand to put himself through.

Substitute Ole Gunnar Solskjer robbed Schwarzer cheekily and passed the ball into the empty net - but Peter Walton deemed it to be a foul. It was absolutely inexplicable for me but I must say Boro deserved a point at least. They were the better team in the second half, despite all our effort to snatch a winnner that always looked unlikely.

Newcastle are sure to present an easy chance for Chelsea to cut our lead to a single point and I have no doubt the Blues will do that with relish. Without Ferdinand, Vidic, Gary and Evra and three away games coming up in the league, including a trip to Stamford Bridge, a league title is beyond our grasp.

Rio is out for two weeks but I'm inclined to believe there's a curse on our defenders so I would not be surprised if we had to field a Fletcher-Brown-Heinze-Richardson back four at Stamford Bridge. Our defeat there is an inevitability even with our full team but it could turn out to be a Roma-style humiliation for us...

So, my greatest dream, the title is blown away now but we have two other trophies to fight for. I simply can't see us defeating Chelsea in the FA Cup final and our makeshift defence will be in dire trouble against Kaká, Gilardino and co. on Tuesday.

I must say thanks for the last few months to the team but our dreams look to be as good as over. I never wanted more desperately to be wrong than in this case.




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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 21 2007

Time: 9:58PM

Your Comments

I hope this article is tongue in cheek - Jesus if you were in the trenches with me I'd shoot you in the head to stop you moaning. As I Newcastle fan I'd love for us to roll over and die as some sort of partial payback for 95/96 but we're too professional too. Take us for a point tomorrow and the league's back in your hands.
Roy4Triggs
im backing newcastle to help us but i have said all along i think we can win at stamford bridge
rooneyisgod
Nobody could be that pessimistic, could they !? Squeaky bum time for manu tho. :)
TT
haha squeaky bum time ! classic... if both win remaining games and united beat chelski, its united title... talk about throwing in towel. you can afford to lose 1 more pt.. also i think you can draw with chelski and win the rest... whats the matter with you ?
PUREGOLD
i believe newcastle will come away with a draw in this game. look at how theyve done against the top 4 at home this year. a thrilling 2-2 to your lot, a snooze 0-0 to us, and if im not mistaken a victory over liverpool. pleeeeeeease dont throw in the towel for chelsea
ahops101
Haha like it when the scum fans start to give up....
Indian Red
we will beat them for you last game of the season, but we will be beating you too so it doesn't help you ;)
EvertonMike
I would assume this is (as has been suggested previously) tongue in cheek?!?! You can't seriously have GIVEN up on the Title just yet?!?! As it happens I do think you could well blow it though, I think Chelsea will win your meeting but who is to say they will win all their other games?!?!
Hughes Da Man
Have hope. I remember someone saying something on a message board a while ago saying they couldn't see Utd dropping a single point within 12 games. Needless to say he was a bit dodgy, but the point is that you lot looked invincible at that time, and nothing has happened yet. Unless we get the 3 points up norf than your draw will mean nothing to us. I really don't know why im being this nice either.
sebcfc
United never do it the easy way,its just another twist.WE WILL WIN THE LEAGUE,THE CUP AND BE CROWNED CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE.KEEP THE FAITH.
madmick1
I hope you guys dont blow it, the rest of the football world is relying on you beating the crooks in blue. I`m confident you wont, you have far too much strength in depth. Good Luck.
gunnerb
he of little faith.
JohnDoe
I'm not sure to be pleased that Man U have such complete and utters mongols for fans as Chelsea do or just throw my hands up at the whole lot of you. Maybe if all those with yellow streaks down their backs a mile wide were put down like the worthless articles they clearly all are, there'd be more chance of a ticket to the cup final for those who actually possess a backbone.
Squiddy
 

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