Manchester United now has a vice like grip on a potential 20th English league crown following their 2-0 victory over Everton. The gap between them and champions Manchester City is now 12 points and with some bookmakers already paying out, is the title race well and truly over?
Sir Alex Ferguson’s team have not had this much of a lead since their 2000/2001 winning season and the upcoming six fixtures seem more kind to the red half of Manchester with Mancini’s men playing 3rd place Chelsea next while United play teams from the bottom half such as QPR, Norwich and Reading.
Following the Champions’ 3-1 defeat away to Southampton, it leaves a huge task ahead for the Eastlands club to stand a chance of winning back-to-back titles. United on the other hand, were very professional in their 2-0 victory over a strong European chasing Everton side with goals from the in-form striker Robin Van Persie and veteran Ryan Giggs.
…what a massive position they are in…
At the top of the table it looks like the battle for fourth will be more intriguing then the title race unless City produce possible one of the finest Premier League comebacks. However, United look strong and haven’t lost since November. Ferguson knows what a massive position they are in to regain the trophy so will the Manchester derby place any significance in the title race? Looks unlikely at this juncture.
Competition for the all-important top four places for Champions League football is massive with Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham all in the mix. At this present moment in time it looks like last year’s European Champions Chelsea will do enough to get qualification so it could be down to the North London rivals as Everton are a few points behind but shouldn’t rule them out yet.
…it will be disappointing season…
Arsenal need a top 4 finish this season more than any of the teams around them otherwise it will be disappointing season from a club that has so much potential if they use more of the financial resources within the club. Arsene Wenger’s Gunners are hitting some good form right now and have won three from their last four games with the most recent win coming away against Sunderland.
It has been another fascinating campaign and I still think there will be more twists and turns at the top and lower half whether its league supremacy, European qualification or survival in the coming months.