Manchester United are within a hairs breadth of claiming the Premier League title for 2010/11. Their defeat of Chelsea, their nearest rivals, at the weekend, leaves them needing only one point from their remaining two games to put them out of reach of the following crowd. United face Blackburn away on Saturday and Blackpool at home on Sunday 22nd May. Which, on current form, should both be comfortable victories.
|Javier Hernandez, wearing his nickname Chicharito (little pea) on the back of his shirt, was seen praying on the centre spot before the kick off against Chelsea. Obviously someone was listening to his prayers, because he then scored 36 seconds into the game. Vidic got a second for United on 23 minutes when he headed a Giggs cross home. Lampard got a consolation goal on 68 minutes, just
after he had handled the ball in his own penalty area and got away with it.The game did feature some interesting refereeing decisions, from the team that handled the World Cup Final. Park Ji-Sung had a great game in the midfield for United, creating several chances for himself and his teammates.
Chelsea now face an interesting period. Will manager Ancellotti be fired for a trophy-less season, by chairman Roman Abramovich, just one season after he took them to a Premier League and FA Cup Double? Will they let Didier Drogba go, after signing Fernando Torres for 50 million pounds (AU$75 million)? Drogba is still performing far better than Torres and in my opinion, it would be madness to do so. But he does not seem to be happy there since Torres arrival. Anelka may also be on his way out, despite a good season.
Arsenal, fighting for second place, or to hang to third and still having a mathematical chance of taking the title when they kicked off, embarrassed themselves and disappointed their fans, losing 3-1 to Stoke. Arsene Wenger did have the decency to admit that Arsenal were outfought, rather than making excuses for the poor performance and blaming everyone else. Djourou and Szczesny both had poor games, well a nightmare in Djourou‘s case. Thomas Vermaelen was reportedly fit and sitting on the bench and I really do not understand why he was not brought on to replace Djourou.
Liverpool did their chances of claiming 5th place the power of good, beating Fulham 5-2 at Craven Cottage. While Spurs could only draw with Blackpool on Saturday and then lost 1-0 to Manchester City on Tuesday. City confirmed themselves to at least 4th place and European Champions League Football next season.
Liverpool fans will also be celebrating the signing of Kenny Dalglish to a three year contract as manager. “King Kenny” has made a world of difference to the club since taking over from Roy Hodgson in January.