They need a miracle. A Fergie’s magic. No, they need a scandal, a huge one. The kind of scandal that will lead them into FA investigation after Wes Brown and John O’Shea score half a dozen own goals each in an inexplicable way.
United are 8 goals behind in goal difference and they need to score a lot. Is it possible? Yes. Will it happen? Unlikely, unless Martin O’Neill order his boys to roll over or Howard Webb, the Ref Laureate of Manchester United does some extraordinary dodgy decisions that will ensure him an early retirement.
Blackburn Rovers confirmed their relegation on Monday after they lost to Wigan and somewhere in Manchester, Sir Alex Ferguson must be chewing his gum harder. United could and should have been going to the final of the season on top if not for the humiliating defeat at home to Championship-bound Blackburn on New Year’s Eve. That, and a series of under-par performances last month when they bottled the 8-point lead, culminated in the derby defeat to Manchester City.
Slightly down on the table, the fights for the Champions League spots are still on. Arsenal are the front-runner in the race to the third after Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle failed to capitalize on their draw with Norwich last week. Tottenham have the softest fixture on paper against Fulham at home while both Arsenal and Newcastle have to travel to West Brom and Everton respectively. The 3rd position will be crucial for the Champions League spot just in case Roberto Di Matteo’s Chelsea pull another shock against Bayern Munich in the competition’s final in one week time.
Chelsea have defied the odds to be in the Champions League final when neither of United and City could even make it beyond the group stage. The London club has showed tremendous return in form after Di Matteo was promoted at helm to replace Andre Villas Boas. After their abysmal defeat against Liverpool earlier this week, the only way for Roman Abramovich to see his team in Europe’s top competition again next season is if they win the Munich final, in Munich. Surely not the easiest task in the world, but Di Matteo would throw anything in that match which could be his last as Chelsea manager.
In dealing with the near-impossibles (or how to look stupid and deluded, depends on the final result), United fans know best and Chelsea fans may want to borrow an advice from them.
There’s a word that has been echoed among the United faithfuls through the years and pissed their rival fans every time they hear it: “Believe.” Unless they’re fans of improbable things such as Howard Webb giving 10 soft penalties to United, United fans better lay their belief on Queens Park Rangers who will fight for their survival against City at Etihad.
QPR are two points ahead of fellow relegation battler, Bolton Wanderers and a defeat means great danger for QPR because the latter will play Stoke City who virtually have nothing to play for. A draw is enough for QPR regardless the result in Britannia because they’re superior in goal difference, but the question looms, what will prevent the likes of Kun Aguero and David Silva run riot on their home turf that will guarantee their team the first league title in 44 years?
United diehards would suggest, “Believe.”
The blue hoops of Rangers had never looked so attractive to them.