As Sir Alex Ferguson is always so keen to point out, when it comes to March and the title race really hots up, Manchester United tend to come good.
So here we are, March has arrived and what better time for the United’s veteran squad members to find their best and contribute the potentially title deciding goals in a tricky, hard-earned and last-gasp away victory?
Manchester City soundly did their side of things last weekend and put the pressure firmly on the shoulders of Manchester United with just about as comfortable a victory as is possible to come across in the Premier League, winning 3-0 at home to Blackburn. As such, United needed to find an away win over this season’s surprise package Norwich, and as it turned out they were pushed to within an inch of their powers in order to come up with the goods.
United’s eventual 2-1 win was a far-cry from the ‘walk in the park’ City had enjoyed the day before, but sadly for City the reward for their for more domineering win was just the same as United’s for their lacklustre performance; a crucial three points.
The Champions have therefore managed to cut the points difference back to just two points and with only a third of the Premier League season remaining are still well on the case of their bitter rivals. These two wins accrued by the Manchester club’s last weekend may have left them both battling hard for the title but third placed Tottenham saw their challenge effectively ended by their humiliating 5-2 defeat against arch-rivals Arsenal.
So, seeing as Spurs have fallen by the way-side and that we have reached ‘crunch-time’ in Manchester’s dual-pursuit of Premier League glory I have decided to make predictions for the remaining rounds of fixtures and have worked out where my predictions would take the Premier League trophy. Will it be the Etihad for the first time, or, will it go back to it’s second home (Old Trafford) once again?
- (A) = Away Fixture
- (H) = Home Fixture
12 Games Remaining:
Manchester United 2-2 Tottenham (A)
Manchester City 3-0 Bolton (H)
11 Games Remaining:
Manchester United 3-1 West Brom (H)
Manchester City 2-1 Swansea (A)
10 Games Remaining:
Manchester United 2-0 Wolves (A)
Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea (H)
9 Games Remaining:
Manchester United 3-0 Fulham (H)
Manchester City 1-1 Stoke (A)
8 Games Remaining:
Manchester United 2-0 Blackburn (A)
Manchester City 3-1 Sunderland
7 Games Remaining:
Manchester United 5-0 QPR (H)
Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal (A)
6 Games Remaining:
Manchester United 3-1 Wigan (A)
Manchester City 1-1 West Brom (H)
5 Games Remaining:
Manchester United 2-1 Aston Villa (H)
Manchester City 3-1 Norwich (A)
4 Games Remaining:
Manchester United 1-1 Everton (H)
Manchester City 3-0 Wolves (A)
3 Games Remaining:
Manchester City 2-1 Manchester United
2 Games Remaining:
Manchester United 3-0 Swansea (H)
Manchester City 1-2 Newcastle (A)
Last Day of the Season:
Manchester United 2-1 Sunderland (A)
Manchester City 3-1 QPR (H)
Predicted Final Standings:
If things were to go as I’ve predicted then the eventual look of the Premier League table would be as follows…
1. Manchester City (92 Points, Goal Difference of +64)
2. Manchester United (90 Points, Goal Difference of +57)
So, if my predictions are there or thereabouts then City will win their first Premier League title and they would do so by the narrow two point margin that they currently boast over their rivals heading into the final third of the season. Regardless of the outcome, it is fair to say that the rest of this season is set to be very interesting indeed!