Yet another miserable 90 minutes of football end for Manchester United. The Red Devils should really thank the 15 point lead they gained due to the early performance in the season because the way they are playing at the moment doesn’t even deserve them the top 4 spot.
The Manchester derby was yet another example where the blue half of Manchester totally exposed the red half and closed the gap to 12 points. The so called best attack force of Europe has not been able to score even a single goal for the last 3 matches including 1 from the FA cup loss against Chelsea. Robin Van Persie has gone to sleep being totally ineffective from the last 10 matches, Wayne Rooney has had a terrible season full of injuries, Danny Welbeck is no goal scorer and Javier Hernandez doesn’t at all get a game where he could score.
Champions League never disappoints as it proved again today. It was the day everyone had been waiting for – the draw for knockout stage of the Champions League.
Manchester United vs Real Madrid – the highlight of the draw.
It is a tie which everyone dreamt of but none of them wanted it to happen so early.
The two football giants have been tied together for a breathtaking contest to enter into the next stage of the Champions league. Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho would want to rejuvenate his days as a Porto manager celebrating on the touchline of Old Trafford in 2004 and Sir Alex Ferguson will look to delete those bad memories forever.
Real Madrid are the current Spanish champions but they have been struggling this season and are currently sitting at the third place 13 points behind the leaders Barcelona.
Contrary to them, Manchester United who finished second last year on goal difference have been in superb form lately against all the odds and are sitting 6 points clear atop the league.
It was Manchester United’s night when they mauled the visitors Sunderland 3-1 in their scintillating clash at Old Trafford this weekend and oh baby!! did they do it in style.
1 goal each from Robin Van Persie, Tom Cleverley and Wayne Rooney ensured that the Red devils maintained their 6 point lead at the top of the table with the contenders Manchester City also winning their match 3-1 against out of form Newcastle United.
The carousal after the win in last week’s Manchester derby and the last year’s hatred for Sunderland in the United fans as well as the comeback of the captain Nemanja Vidic imbued the United players with the confidence and put them in top gear to clobber Martin O Neill’s men . Sir Alex Ferguson’s men were magnificent in the first half and created so many opportunities that the match could have ended there itself had the reds made those chances count.
The table leaders Manchester United having a 6 point lead welcome the Sunderland team at Old Trafford this weekend.
Manchester United won an enthralling Manchester derby at Etihad last weekend and Sunderland thrashed Reading 3-0 at home to get themselves out of the relegation zone and now stand at fourteenth place.
With the Red Devils firing in from all angles and Sunderland getting back their momentum with Steven Fletcher coming in, this one seems to be an exciting one for the weekend.
5 players who should be on everyone’s radar this weekend are :
1. WAYNE ROONEY
Wayne Rooney has answered back his critics for his lack of goal scoring in a thundering fashion by scoring 4 goals and providing an assist in 2 successive weeks. He is playing in the hole behind Van Persie but is hungry for goals and is sure to score many. He scored 2 brilliant goals last week against Manchester City and will look to follow up the same momentum against Martin O Neill’s men.
2. ROBIN VAN PERSIE
Finally the stage has been set for the biggest match of this season at a perfect time when we see both the Manchester clubs fight each other to come atop the table. While Manchester United are presently the leaders in the table and look to take their crown back from the champions, Manchester City are not far behind and have a good chance of knocking the red devils from the top berth this week if they win convincingly.
The Manchester derby has become far more enthusiastic and exciting over time after the red devils knocked Liverpool off their perch. City has been unbeaten on their home ground in the past 37 matches (33 wins & 4 draws) and look to carry off this great form ahead to beat United like they did both times last season. At the same time, United look esurient for last year's revenge which cost them the title and their attack force has been magnificent and has already scored 37 goals, the maximum for any team this season.