After this weeks fantastic result against Chelsea that’s seen us through to the semi finals of the champions league its really starting to look as if we are in with a great shout of making it to the final at Wembley in May.
We have an upcoming FA Cup semi final against City on Saturday to look forward to and of course the destiny of getting our league trophy back is very much in our own hands.
The question is are we on the verge of seeing our great team of 99 efforts repeated or is it all a false dawn and a season that could still end up with us empty handed?Premier League
Personally this is the 1 I want us to win the most, not because its going to take us to that magical number 19 and see us overtake the scousers, of course that’s a lovely bonus to winning it but the league title should always be the main priority.
Almost every weekend we see our boys battling for 3 points to get their hands on the title, it’s our bread and butter and the main aim of the season.
Like I mentioned earlier, the title is very much in our hands no matter what the likes of jack Wilshere down at the emirates says.
We do have some tough games in the run in but our form and resilience these past couple of weeks fills me with confidence.
We were unlucky down at Stamford bridge, poor refereeing cost us that game like it has done in almost every Chelsea game the past 3 years or so and that for me is the worry, the FA and referees.
I never really bought into the fact that there was a conspiracy against united, I honestly believed it was swings and roundabouts but the Chelsea games have given me cause for concern. Is it really a coincidence we beat Chelsea home and away with a foreign ref? yet in the league we’ve been on the receiving end of unbelievably poor decisions?
Without getting into it too much it wouldn’t surprise me if someone at the FA has it in for united, fergies been punished countless times this season and Rooney recently with this whole swearing scenario.
Looking at the fixtures we can win every game and afford to lose against arsenal, of course you wouldn’t want that to happen and I can’t see them beating us as they aren’t good enough to. That’s not me being arrogant I just think we’ve got the measure over them and they know that.
I’m so lucky to have seen united in many title run ins during my lifetime and within every season there is a moment when the team makes things hard for themselves and have a little blip. Looking at the fixtures I've earmarked 2 fixtures that I can see this possibly happening, Newcastle away next Tuesday and Blackburn away.
I think these are 2 fixtures that will go 1 way or the other, either us hammering them or dropping points. These are the teams that like to raise their game against us so it wouldn’t surprise me entirely to see dropped points.
Hopefully we will get through Saturday injury free and on the back of a win which should propel us to a win Tuesday.
Blackburn away, well I don’t want to tempt fate but the title could be wrapped up by then, it’s certainly going to be interesting.Can We do it?
The league is the trophy I'm confident of winning the most, we are in the driving seat, and have the players who’ve been here before, injured players are all back now and of course the ones that have had a dip in form are all starting to shine again.The Champions League
I never in a month of Sundays believed we would get this far, the draw in some ways has been kind to us although it would be unfair to suggest we’ve had an easy route so far, especially facing Chelsea and next game a game against a team that battered the current European champions.
We are on very dangerous ground in terms of facing schalke, they don’t really have that many household names but we can’t afford to take them lightly. Our record against German opposition apart from the final in 99 isn’t the best either.
We’ve been knocked out countless times by German opposition we were expected to beat, Dortmund, Leverkusen, and of course Bayern Munich last season. It’s a shame some reds feel we are already in the final; it’s very dangerous to presume such things.
For the purpose of this article lets say we do progress, I think we will but it will be a lot more difficult than some think.
The final will be either against Barcelona or Real Madrid, us romantics would like nothing more than to play real Madrid in the final, the homecoming of Ronaldo and a chance to show him why he was wrong to leave united.
Then there is the other side who would like barca, seeking revenge for that whitewash of a final back in 2009.
I think Ferguson would love Barcelona and a chance to lay to rest the ghost of that night in Rome. He hasn’t talked about that match since, he refuses to. He knows what went wrong that night and believe me it was a lot more than missing Fletcher. Sticking Ronaldo upfront and sacrificing Rooney on the wing wasn’t the best move of fergies career.
I'm sure fergies learnt from that mistake and if we were to play barca with everyone available and in their current from e.g. Carrick and park then I'm sure we would run them a lot closer this time around, I wouldn’t say we would win it but certainly put up a better fight.
If we were to get Madrid id be more confident. Ronaldo to me is still the best player in the world, it’s an argument very similar to Pele and maradona, who’s best Ronaldo or messi? But having watched Ronaldo live for his whole united career I think his all round game is slightly better than messi and pointing out the obvious is Madrid’s main threat.
As always Madrid’s weakness is in defence, under Mourinho they have improved in that area but are still there to be got at, Nani, Valencia, Hernandez and Rooney all capable of breaching the Spaniards defence.Can We do it?
In a 1 off game against either of these teams you would have to fancy our chances in the form we are in. If Carrick and park keep up their form, Valencia and Nani play like they have and a return to the team for Fletcher then surely that midfield can be a threat against either of these 2 sides?
To sum it up, if we were to get Madrid id be very confident of winning, if we were to get barca not so confident but I'm sure we would run them a lot closer.FA Cup
My 1st ever blog I wrote on mufcblog was indeed about the FA Cup and how much I wanted to see us win it this season.
My thoughts on this have only increased as we’ve progressed in the competition, the fact that we play the bitters on Saturday in the semi final just adds to the whole excitement of our cup journey.
Forget about the man city factor for a second, we haven’t won the FA cup since 2003, that’s far too long for a club like ours to go without winning it. Ignore what certain journalists say about the FA cup dying, I know I speak for a lot of supporters that still hold the cup in high regard.
Now back to the man city factor….
Last season we ended their hopes for a cup final and possible silverware by knocking them out on our route to winning the carling cup. Both games were intense affairs and you could feel the huge rivalry between the 2 clubs. Knocking them out of the cup was one of the highlights of last season for me and I expect the same on Saturday.
The eyes of the world will be on Wembley Saturday evening and it’s a prime chance to again ruin city’s season whilst getting us to a cup final that we should win with the greatest respect to potential opposition.
I really feel city are on the ropes at the minute after their mauling at the hands of Liverpool and the injury to Carlos Tevez, city really are there for the taking.
I feel only an error in team selection (PIG, Gibson, Bebe, Obertan or other players that aren’t quite ready for a game like this) or some dodgy refereeing decisions will stop us from booking a place in the FA cup final. You could argue with Rooney being out that will effect us, then again bringing in the premierships top scorer as a replacement for him isn’t the worst scenario in the world. Also lets not forget our current number 7 who I still believe has a part to play somewhere along the line during the run in.Can We do it?
As mentioned above only team selection and/or bad referee desicions will see us stopping us get our hands on this trophy.
Back in 2008 we came close to getting to the final only to see us robbed of a victory against portsmouth.
If we get through against City im sure we will win it.So can we win the treble?
As fergie keeps saying we will need luck and lots of it.
Certain things are starting to fall our way, the penalty decision at the bridge (about time!) which suggests lady luck is smiling down on us.
I’ve heard some people say that this squad isn’t as good as the 1 in 99, I think our starting 11 isn’t as good but the squad itself I think is stronger in terms of strength in depth, what other team can boast leaving a player like Berbatov or Hernandez on the bench?
As in 99 I think if we win the league then a domino effect will then proceed, it will give us the emphasis to go on and win the remaining trophies on offer.Do you think we can win the Treble?
Remaining Fixtures Saturday 16th AprilThe FA Cup sponsored by E.ON
17:15Man City vs Man UtdTuesday 19th AprilBarclays Premier League
19:45Newcastle vs Man UtdSaturday 23rd AprilBarclays Premier League
12:45Man Utd vs EvertonTuesday 26th AprilUEFA Champions League
19:45Schalke 04 vs Man UtdSunday 1st MayBarclays Premier League
14:05Arsenal vs Man UtdWednesday 4th MayUEFA Champions League
19:45Man Utd vs Schalke 04Sunday 8th MayBarclays Premier League
16:10Man Utd vs ChelseaSaturday 14th MayBarclays Premier League
12:45Blackburn vs Man UtdSunday 22nd MayBarclays Premier League
16:00Man Utd vs Blackpool