Saturday, 22 January 2011

United starting to tick

Manchester United’s easy victory over Birmingham suggests that the title favourites will kick on and take their 4th title in 5 years. Dimitar Berbatov took his tally for the season to 19, Giggs rolled back the years to give a master class and Rooney did everything but score the goal he deserved. They have been far from their best at times this season but their form over the last few weeks is ominous for their rivals. United now find themselves 2 points clear of Arsenal with a game in hand.

Much of the credit for United’s success this season must go to Alex Ferguson. His current team do not possess some of the class of previous teams and he has gone back to basic management theory; do not concede goals and try to hit the opposition on the counter attack. His central defensive partnership of Ferdinand and Vidic is the best in the league and they have been immense all season; they have conceded only 19 goals in the league all season.

Whilst making United hard to beat Ferguson has also been aided by the continually improving Berbatov. The often languid Bulgarian has certainly answered his critics this season and once Rooney starts to score again they will possess a lethal front line. One criticism would be the lack of a creative central midfielder but this will surely be addressed this summer.

We are yet to see United really dominate this season as they usually do but the manner of the performance today gives added substance to their title credentials. They do still have 2 games with Chelsea, a visit to the Emirates to face Arsenal and the visit of Manchester City to come but it appears to be United’s title to lose at the moment.

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