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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Crescendo:: 3 Games to Glory

A great home victory over Chelsea has given Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United side an almost unassailable advantage in their pursuit of a historic 19th English first division title. Knocking Liverpool off their lofty domestic perch is but a consequence of United's fourth title in five years. Barring the referee assisted abberation of season 2009/10, which included more than one contentious decision against Chelsea, United's reclamation of domestic dominance post Abramovich has been remarkable.

The nature of Sir Alex's feat with this Glazer owned United side, is to me, comparable to a car race being won by a team with the hand break engaged. If United's considerable revenue streams were brought to bear on the improvement of the squad, the stadium, the academy and other facilities, one could only imagine how many more trophies could've been won. Strength in depth, the acquisition of young talent and the ability to rotate the squad from the start of the season, without compromising on quality required to gain points, are the greatest qualities of Sir Alex Ferguson. Constant regeneration, has occured in a surprisingly effecient way. Under the spot light of over 13 million Facebook fans and countless others around the world, Sir Alex has introduced young, highly talented players who have been given the time and education to carry on the traditions of winning trophies for the club.

Rafael, Fabio, Anderson, Gibson, Smalling and Evans have formed what the recently retired Gary Neville described as the new core of the club, ready replacements for the older heads as they acquire experience and confidence in a competitive environment. With exciting young talents like Tom Cleverley, Ravel Morrison, Josh King, Davide Petrucci, Paul Pogba, Oliver Norwood and Ryan Tunnicliffe all looking to break into the first team squad from the U18s and the reserves, the future looks likely to be trophy laden. Sir Alex may deem it appropriate to give some of these up and comers a chance to showcase their talents in the two Premier  League games from which United only require a point to seal the title.

He will, no doubt, send out a side capable of winning both games (to avoid any Premier League fines) and although there is no room for sentimentality, he may give the likes of Brown and Owen the chance to qualify for a Premier League winners' medal. He will most likely also give Darren Fletcher a chance to show some form prior to the Champions' League final, while Gabriel Obertan and Kucszsack, may be given a platform to present their wares to possible future employers.

The big game at Wembley gives Sir Alex a chance to correct what he perceives to be an aberration of United's history, and add a fourth European Cup to their trophy haul. The small matter of Barcelona, including the undisputed world's best player Lionel Messi, over 90+ minutes stand in their way.

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