‘Tis April – The Business end of the Premier League – MANCHESTER UNITED (2)


Edging closer to a Record 19..

Today we shall take a look at the fore runner and table topper Manchester United; their journey to the big month of April and what it takes to win the treble  double!

First Silverware - FA Community Shield

Rewind

  • 8/8: Wins first silverware of the season – Community Shield beating Chelsea 3-1
  • First 5 games: Set the pattern to consistently drawing games away from home.
  • 9/14: Champions League fixture vs Rangers proves costly – Valencia stretchered off with a fractured ankle – out for 6 months.
  • 9/19: Berbatov‘s hat trick helps beat Liverpool at home – marked the start of Goal scoring spurts for the Bulgarian.
  • 11/27: 7-1 mauling of Blackburn Rovers and Berbatov‘s Five goes into the history books.
  • 11/30: Hands off the Carling Cup after holding it dear for the last two years; by an emphatic 0-4 win for West Ham. Ended United’s unbeaten run of 29 games in all competitions
  • January: Loses in form Park to Asia Cup; SAF doesn’t indulge in the market; Rooney scores first goal of the season from Open play.
  • 1/22: 5-0 drubbing of Birmingham.. the nemesis is once again the Bulgarian joining an elite group of 3 or more hat tricks in a single season.
  • 2/12: United clinch the Manchester derby with a STUNNER GOAL from Wayne Rooney
  • March: 2 consecutive league defeats is a rarity. Controversial loss to Chelsea followed by a convincing defeat at Anfield.

April so far..


  • 4/2: Anti-climax when your highest paid forward returns to form with a hat-trick only to be banned for the subsequent two games for using obscene language.
  • 4/12: Removes Chelsea’s hopes of any silverware after advancing through to the semis.
  • 4/16: Treble talks put to bed after losing the FA Cup Semi final against the noisy neighbours.

Yaya puts in a brilliant performance

Road Ahead

  1. 4/19: Newcastle United (A)
  2. 4/23: Everton
  3. 4/26: Schalke (A) – UCL
  4. 5/1: Arsenal (A)
  5. 5/4: Schalke – UCL
  6. 5/8: Chelsea
  7. 5/14: Blackburn (A)
  8. 5/22: Blackpool

Table reads as of now..

Clubs Played Won Drawn Lost Goal Difference Points
Manchester United 32 20 9 3 +38 69
Arsenal 32 18 9 5 +32 63
Chelsea 32 18 7 7 +32 61
Manchester City 32 16 8 8 +20 56
Tottenham Hotspur 31 14 11 6 +8 53

Inference

  • Manchester United need a minimum of 13 points from a possible 18 to ensure they win the title.
  • Arsenal have to beat United in London and hope United drop points while taking on the Blues at home. I would rather bet my money on Arsenal slipping tomorrow against Spurs, effectively ending the title race 😛
  • United’s track record against German counterparts in Europe is abysmal. Schalke is in brilliant European form and will need some beating, but a final berth is only ours to lose.

Game No. 33 – Newcastle (A) 0015 IST 4|20


on the back of an FA cup defeat against City, United will mount a response against Pardew’s men, watch out for a rout.
Suspended: Kevin Nolan and Paul Scholes will miss the clash.
Injury update: Evans and Rafael return to action; Rooney returns after his 2 match ban.

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