I wonder why Sir Alex Ferguson waited until tonight to say what he said, when he had every opportunity to do so last week. Then again, he always has had a knack for waiting until the points were in the bag before opening his mouth (see Kevin Keegan and Rafa Benitez).
Fergie waited to damn Chelsea out of the title race until after Manchester United saw Fulham show up in kit only. Rooney came off the bench to finish off the 3-0 victory, then Sir Alex finished off Chelsea’s title chances in his post match presser.
Now I think it’s a little bold for Fergie to claim that Chelsea sacking Scolari plays right into Manchester United’s hands. However he’s right. Chelsea sacking Scolari showed the instability at the club, and the fact that Manchester United are now ten points clear of fourth speaks volumes.
This title is truly a two horse race. That could end quickly should Manchester United beat Liverpool on March 14. It’s weird that Sir Alex mentioned 1997-98 when Manchester United blew a twelve point lead to Arsenal, but it’s always good to remember the past. It helps prevent you from slipping up.
I’ll start with more Manchester United news. The shut out streak continues for one Edwin Van der Sar. 1,302 minutes…that’s just simply sick.
We can also thank the Daily Mail for this one. They are already starting the countdown to a Manchester United quadruple, 100 days away. While I don’t think anyone is beating Barcelona in the Champions League, and Inter is going to give Manchester United everything they can handle in the round of sixteen, there is nothing wrong with this kinda talk. If gambling is your thing, 16-1 are the best odds you can get on the Quad.
How often will we hear of talk that Mark Hughes is not getting along with Elano and Robinho before the season is over? I don’t think this is the last.
I guess Petrov’s comments have stirred up Aston Villa a bit. Now Gabriel Agbonlahor thinks it would signal Villa’s intent if Gareth Barry put pin to paper on a new contract.
Looks like we will be seeing Mark Clattenburg back as a referee after all. He won his appeal and will start again in April, after 8 months out overall. How fast after he makes his first bad call will it be before fans start chanting about being paid off?
March looks to be the time Chelsea can expect Michael Essien back.
Harry Redknapp now appears set to be interviewed by Revenue and Customs over the whole bung scandal.
Liverpool have put in a request to not have a Champions League tie on April 15, the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster, should they make it to the quarterfinals. Hopefully UEFA will approve.
Fabio Capello will be at the opening of Sir Bobby Robson’s Cancer Trial Research Centre with a check for 75,000 pounds. Here hoping Sir Bobby can kick cancer for the fifth time.
And finally, Luton Town will have at least one good day in their season of hell…a trip to Wembley. They will face Scunthorpe United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final.