Having already had a taste of the physical threat that West Ham pose at home, United went back there knowing a win would take them within touching distance of the title. After the good away win at Stoke at the weekend and with West Ham having little to play for now, you could have been forgiven for assuming a win might be a formality. But, West Ham, as they often seem to do, have a knack of raising their game when United come to town. Here we discuss the talking points of an eventful match and we welcome comments from both sets of fans.
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Robin van Persie celebrates with Sir Alex Ferguson following his goal for Manchester United
Manchester United edged closer to an unprecedented twentieth league title with a 2-0 victory over relegation-threatened Stoke City. Michael Carrick netted a early toe poked goal from a corner, whilst Robin van Persie scored a second half penalty and celebrated with manager Sir Alex Ferguson on the sideline. United dominated proceedings from the start with Stoke City having limited opportunities, although Nemanja Vidic was lucky not to give away a penalty after slipping over and bringing down Kenwyne Jones in the process. Manchester United are now fifteen points clear, with six games to go – although Manchester City have a game in hand, with Stoke City three points above the drop. Here we discuss the talking points of the game and invite comments from both sets of fans.
Sir Alex Ferguson walks off after Manchester United lose 2-1 to Manchester City
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City at home. The last hurrah of an increasingly forgettable season (yes, I know that seems an odd thing to say). With the gap at 15 points before kick off, it was a chance to finish the title race once and for all as well as put the boot into the neighbours and win with some style and confidence. For City, a dream had to be kept alive and they too had pride and bragging rights to play for, particularly after how the game at their place ended. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.
To Stamford Bridge again, for the third time this season. Crazily, there’s still a fifth meeting between the two sides to come and Chelsea will go into it with two domestic cup wins, a draw and a league defeat against us. Benitez named his strongest side whilst Fergie rested van Persie and was forced into changes as a result of injuries (Rooney, Rafael and Evans) sustained whilst players represented club and country. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.
Revenge wasn’t necessarily the right word to be using going into this game; after all, United did win there last year. Playing before City, this was a chance to open a temporary 18 point lead and continue the run of wins. Sunderland are devoid of form and goalscorers – fighting a battle at the bottom of the league, few saw Martin O’Neill’s position as hanging on the result of this game, least of all the Sunderland blogger we spoke to pre-match, but by the end of Saturday, Sunderland were manager-less and United a game closer to the title. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.
Rio Ferdinand sets up Wayne Rooney for Manchester United’s winner against Reading
Manchester United beat Reading 1-0 with a goal from Wayne Rooney to send the league leaders fifteen points clear at the top, following Manchester City’s 2-0 defeat away at Everton. The game itself was unspectacular, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad rotation working as we enter the international break. Reading have only lost out to United by a single goal margin, and yesterday was no different. United did just about enough to win the game, although Reading fans will no doubt feel aggrieved at not winning a penalty when Mariappa was pushed by Vidic in the second half. Here we discuss the talking points of the game and welcome comments from both sets of fans.
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United hosted Chelsea for their third meeting this season in a third different competition. As things would pan out, both sides have two more meetings to come due to a strange game of football that really did have two contrasting halves. Rooney came back into the side as van Persie was rested – that was one of four changes from midweek for United whilst Chelsea went further and made seven. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.
Nani is shocked as he is sent off in Real Madrid’s 2-1 victory over Manchester United.
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The eyes of the footballing world were on Old Trafford last night as United hosted Real Madrid in the second leg of the last 16 in the Champions League. With the tie finely poised after the first leg, Fergie had fans guessing his starting line up for days in advance, particularly given Jones’ injury. What followed couldn’t have been more dramatic and cruel but also seems to have brought out the best in fans and players. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.
Shinji Kagawa scores the first of his hattrick in the 4-0 victory over Norwich City
Manchester United prepared for the visit of Real Madrid with a 4-0 victory over Norwich City, who had beaten United 1-0 earlier in the season. Shinji Kagawa scored a superb hattrick and Wayne Rooney hit a superb strike in to the top corner in the ninetieth minute. The 4-0 victory puts Manchester United fifteen points clear, with Manchester City traveling to Aston Villa on Monday night. The win was the 33rd time United had beaten Norwich in all competitions. Here we discuss the talking points of a one sided game, where a single player stole the show – Shinji Kagawa. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.
Rafael celebrates opening the scoring at QPR for Manchester United
In theory, the bottom side and lowest scorers hosting the runaway leaders and highest scorers should have been a formality but with both sides having so much to play for, any assumptions would be dangerous. United have been in good league form with no defeat for over three months whilst QPR are embroiled in a difficult relegation battle. Wanting to avoid an upset, Ferguson called on his experienced players for this game and rewarded Nani with another start after his display last Monday. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.