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Man United: That’s Why We’re Champions


They say the mark of true Champions is how they overcome adversity. Well if that is the case then we might as well hand Manchester United the Barclays Premier League trophy for the third successive year after a truly stunning second half comeback against an impressive Tottenham side, who had stunned Old Trafford by racing into a 2-0 half-time lead thanks to strikes from Darren Bent and Luka Modric.

Granted, it took a highly debatable penalty decision by referee Howard Webb to get United going. But once they got going, there was no stopping them as they scored an incredible five times in a 20 minute spell which blew Harry Redknapp’s side away and in doing so, took a massive step towards the Premiership title.

Wayne Rooney in particular gave one of his best performances in a Man Utd shirt while Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez were back to their best form and even the much maligned Dimitar Berbatov weighed in with a goal as United ran riot.

There are still many hurdles to overcome and Sir Alex Ferguson will certainly be keen to get to the root of some alarming defensive problems which threaten to derail their bid for Premiership and Champions League glory. Having being almost impossible to breach for most of the season, United’s defence is fast turning into a shambles and the loss of another two soft goals yesterday cannot be swept under the carpet in the wake of a simply stunning second half attacking display.

The reality is United cannot perform like this going forward on a consistent basis and the foundation of a successful Championship winning side must be based on a solid defence. Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand have not become bad defenders overnight, so United must quickly resolve these issues if they are to stave of the threat of Liverpool. In particular, cross balls are causing United all sorts of problems at the moment.

Up front however, United were simply breathtaking. They attacked Tottenham at a pace we became accustomed to last season but which has been strangely lacking in their play for large spells this season. Rooney was outstanding and had a hand in each of United’s five goals, but it was the introduction of popular Argentine Carlos Tevez which really kicked United into gear.

Although United finished with Tevez and Berbatov on the park, the reality is it is difficult to field all four attacking players consistently and many United fans may be keen to call for the former Boca Juniors star to be given the nod in the Champions League semi final with Arsenal this week.

Written by Danny Watson, a professional sports writer who blogs about football news.

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  1. Dimitar

    April 27, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    I think playing Berba as an attacking midfielder – not as a striker – might actually work better – leaving room for both Rooney and Tevez in front, CR7 on the flank. In all cases, Ferguson should keep Tevez and reach an agreement that Tevez, Rooney and Berba to rotate so that each plays 2 out of 3 games (if all are healthy to play). In this way, they will be more rested and everyone will be happy.

  2. Derek

    April 27, 2009 at 6:46 am

    “controversial? debatable? the only controversy about that incident was the keeper not being sent off!”

    Umm…have you seen the replay or did you see the ball change direction when Gomes clearly got a hand to he ball before Carrick went down? See pics here:

    Ridiculous really. So the keeper should be sent off for making a good save by getting his hand to the ball before Carrick?

  3. Tyson

    April 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    This is a good article it’s a shame most of the people that comment on these articles are idiots.

    Coming back 2 goals down and scoring 5 is something you will almost never see in any league on the planet let alone the premier league between two top teams.

    But all their doing is dominating in the same way they did in the last season.

    United have a striking team of Berb, Tevez, Rooney and Ronado is there any wonder their demons when they strike?

    The real issue is without Wes Brown and Owen Hargreaves the defensive and midfield line are weak so the entire team has to play defensively.

    That effectively means everybody is on defense duty and gives little opportunity for goal scoring so United generally won’t win by more than a one goal margin.

    On the other hand if your 2 nil down and now have nothing to lose you can unleash and with that front line your going to tear apart any defense on the planet.

    Without Owen Hargreaves and Wes Brown I really hope we don’t risk becoming an attacking side since that will open us up leaving counter attacking opportunities for the opposition but it just goes to show you if the entire team wasn’t handicapped by a defender and midfielder missing the strikers would be dominating maybe even better than last year.

  4. Bishopville Red

    April 26, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Another case of ArthurArseGooner checking in to tell everyone he’s not checking in. What a Surprise. Not buying it.

  5. ArthurArseGooner

    April 26, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    another united article, what a surprise. not reading.

  6. Ed Hawkins (ZenMaster)

    April 26, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    The bottom line is that Tevez brings pace and defensive intensity to United and this ignites the side tremendously. Is he the most meticulous player, nah. But he is like a tasmanian devil the way he imposes his will on the game. He finds space without the ball and can win the ball in the attacking third like no other. When he doesn’t win the ball, he is force errors as the opponents play out of the back. I am not sure we get that from Berbatov. Though we do get some other quality. Everything he does is at pace….And not just the movement but also the thinking!!

  7. Raatzie

    April 26, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Has this site officially gone satire? Just curious.

  8. Doug

    April 26, 2009 at 9:50 am

    MK, are you serious? Old Whiskey Face is being quoted as saying United got a lucky call. Check this out at 52 seconds:

    At the end of the day, it’s really Tottenham’s away fans that I have the most sympathy for. Imagine suffering a collapse like that and then having to take the train home to London along with 75% of Old Trafford.

  9. LI Matt

    April 26, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Carrick pushed the ball away after Gomes had committed to the dive. What’s Gomes supposed to do, stop?

    Andy Johnson perfected that move, and everyone calls him a diver.

    It’s the same old thing at OT. Last year Wes Brown handled in the box, and the call went Manyoo’s way. This year Carrick falls over Gomes, and the call goes Manyoo’s way. The refs should just put red shirts on and be done with it.

  10. mk

    April 26, 2009 at 8:36 am

    controversial? debatable? the only controversy about that incident was the keeper not being sent off!

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