Yes, it’s a bold statement, but simply put, do we deserve to be Champions? Many people say that United are having one of their most boring unadventurous seasons, winning games that they’re not playing well in and therefore don’t really deserve to win the title. But, they’ve given us chance after chance after chance – but we’ve drawn five and won only one of our last 6 games. That’s 10 points dropped in the last 6 games.
We’ve been in winning positions in the last two league games, and yesterday by 2 goals, but have ended up drawing both games. The question remains – do we deserve to win the title?
Sp*rs 3 – 3 Arsenal
The line up yesterday was pretty strong – with a full compliment – Jack was rested and Vermaelen was the long term absentee.
Sagna – Djourou – Koscielny – Clichy
Diaby – Song
Walcott – Cesc – Nasri
The game kicked off in spectacular style – 3 goals in the opening 12 minutes. First, Walcott raced clear from a sublime through ball from Cesc and tucked the ball away Henryesque style. But Sp*rs hit back almost immediately through Van De Vaart. The third goal came from Nasri when he scored from just outside the area, and it was 2-1 after 12 minutes. It remained like that for the majority of the half but then five minutes before time, we scored our third – 3-1, when Walcott clipped the ball to the back post for Van Persie to slot home with a header. Three minutes later it was 3-2, as Huddlestone scored from range and at the break it was 3-2.
Having watched Arsenal many a time, and have seen us capitulate many times, I then put a bet on Tottenham to score next – and low and behold, our keeper conceded a penalty, Van Der Vaart put it away on the 70th minute, and for the next 20 minutes, I wondered how we would conspire to lose the game! The game ended 3-3 and it was another disappointing result, despite a much better performance than the weekend.
Arsene spoke after the game and talked about the positives:
“It’s not over. We’ll fight. Our mental strength is outstanding. We have faced criticism but this team deserves much more. I didn’t see any fail in our attitude, in our determination, in our quality. We just dropped physically in the second half.”
He also comments on the opponents and the number of games we’ve had in a row.
“We’ve had two games in three days, our recovery was a bit short. Tottenham are a good team and we have to accept they can score goals as well. Both sides could have won the game tonight but I didn’t see any failure in our attitude. We came here to score goals and played a team who are very good going forward.”
They’ll be more from Arsene tomorrow, but for the moment, we can forget about the game and wait patiently until the weekend to see what our title rivals do, and whether or not we’ll be given another chance. The liklihood is that the title is gone, but as Arsene said, let’s not give up all hope just yet…
In other football, Real Madrid won against Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey final and had their fair share of chances – it was good to see a team stand up to Barcelona and beat them… so congratulations to Mourinho and his Galacticos…