Ferguson may have recently moved to calm talk of an unprecedented year for Manchester United but if Chelsea and Liverpool do not secure wins tonight then the premier league is surely in the bag with two trophies still to play for.
United are 7 points clear with a game in hand and have a superior goal difference. With other teams faltering united have been breaking records as the superb Ferdinand and Vidic partnership, aided by the steady hands of Van Der Saar, continue to look almost impenetrable.
United’s next FA cup game is against Fulham and Ferguson’s remark that “We could go to Fulham in the FA Cup, the ball comes off someone’s backside and we are out of that one,” seemingly the only likely way they would concede. Of course, nothing is ever set in stone, especially with football but it does seem likely that this could be the greatest year for United.
Casting minds back, you may remember last year there was similar talk and although they won two trophies it was not the “quintuple” the press had been hyping. However, this year the defensive partnership seems even stronger and despite the lack of a big scorer United seem to be finding goals when it matters, with Berbatov, Tevez, Rooney and Ronaldo all clinching vital wins.
Chelsea’s sacking of a manager part way through the season has only aided United further.
With home ties against Milan and Liverpool coming soon, United can send the message that they aim to win everything possible.
It’s a message that would bring a chill to Liverpool fans as United aim to chase down the trophy haul from their dominant decade. Only one more domestic title and two more champions’ leagues to go.
It’s something that looks very likely, if not inevitable.
The better twin.