As those at the Emirates, Stamford Bridge, White Hart Lane and Eastlands continue to lose their heads, Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson makes most of their mistakes.
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Manchester United will be rubbing their hands with glee.
Four of their nearest rivals dropped points yesterday – Tottenham were defeated 2-1 by stuttering Everton, Chelsea plumbed new depths by losing 1-0 to lowly Wolverhampton Wanderers, whilst Arsenal and Manchester City cancelled each other out in a thrilling 0-0 draw.
Chelsea have now picked up just one win in nine games. It is their worst league run for 14 years.
Tottenham meanwhile failed to capitalize on their London rivals defeat after losing to out of form Everton, throwing into question their realistic title credentials in the process.
But it was the game at the Emirates that United fans had their eye on. It seemed at the start of the season that Chelsea were United’s main threat to winning a record 19th league title. Not anymore.
Chelsea are now a staggering 9 points behind the league leaders, having played one game more. This is now surely a 3 horse race.
It is Manchester City and Arsenal who occupy the two nearest places to top spot, and it is now the aforementioned two who remain the only teams who can prevent Manchester United winning a historic 19th league title, eclipsing Liverpool’s record of 18.
Yet Arsenal fans will feel it is they who should be the sole contenders to United.
Manchester City were out-classed for the majority of a match that saw both teams controversially reduced to ten men.
Arsenal came flying out of the traps and hit the post two times in a first half that was betrayed by the nil-nil score line.
Few could argue that City scarcely deserved the one point they took back to Eastland’s.
Arsenal were met with a chorus of boos when they trudged dejectedly from the field – the fans venting their frustrations at City parking their incredibly expensive bus in front of goal more than anything else though.
City, now trailing their illustrious local rivals by 2 points having played 2 games more, cannot surely be content with this result – not given the unfathomable amount of money they have shelled out on star players Tevez, David Silva and YaYa Toure.
This was a match billed as an encounter where we would finally see if City had the mettle to challenge for the top honours – on this display it would appear as though they are wide of the mark. Fourth spot is the minimum requirement for this expensively assembled team but City fans must be scratching their heads that their team, comprised of so many attack-minded players, played for a nil-nil score when they could have added further pressure to United ahead of their difficult trip to Tottenham in a weeks time.
City rarely looked like scoring against free-flowing Arsenal, and didn’t even manage one shot on target in the whole of the 90 minutes.
City are rumoured to be in the final stages of signing Edin Dzeko – they might need him and many more like him if they are to end that 35 year wait for a major honour.
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