With 10 goals from the last 10 matches, Wayne Rooney seems to remind everyone that there is another top class striker at Manchester United other than Robin Van Persie. While focus has been on the Dutchman this season, Manchester United’s No. 10 is quickly getting back to his old best and with Mexican, Javier Hernandez also banging goals for fun, not many will bet against the Red Devils clinching their 20th Premier League title come May 2013. The only problem is how to balance the need to regain the title from Manchester City and the desire to win another Champion League and FA Cup title this season.
City’s coach, Roberto Mancini seems to be confident that Manchester United will drop many points from this month to May as they enter the busy periods full with Premier League, Champion League and FA Cup fixtures. Sir Alex definitely has his eyes fixed on UEFA Champion League match against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid on 13th February and will try to make sure that all his key players will be available and fit for that game. That will bring us to the question of what sort of team will he put up against Everton in Premier League match 3 days earlier? With nine points lead over his closest rival in the Premier League, you can almost be certain that Sir Alex will take a calculated risk by playing an understrength team against the Geordies before traveling to Spain for the Real game. If Mancini is right, then United will drop points at Old Trafford this Saturday and another few more when they prepare to take on Real Madrid in the return match at the end of February. Manchester City having bumped out of the competition will have no such distraction by the way.
Last month, Sir Alex told the media how much he loves to win the FA Cup again. It is quite strange for a club like Manchester United, 11 times FA Cup winners, which is a record by the way, have not won it since 2004. That is almost 10 years without FA Cup title. The Red Devils did manage to reach the finals in 2004 and 2007 but was beaten by Arsenal and Chelsea respectively. This year Sir Alex hopes that he can take his side all the way without compromising his team’s position in the Premier League race. He believes he has the squad to do it and I believe it too.
I know talk about Manchester United repeating another TREBLE is quite premature at this stage but if we are going to assess Manchester United’s chance of doing such historic feat (again!), then results this month will give us a clearer picture of what might come by the end of the season. If we can beat Real Madrid and sweep away another major obstacle to our Champion League dream and then stay 9 points ahead of City by the end of the month, you can sense that the treble is not a distinct possibilities. With Rooney and RVP leading the attack, Manchester United is good enough to beat any club in this world, including Barcelona. So, all you Man Utd fans, whisper it softly “the treble dream is emerging”. Glory Glory Man Utd!
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