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The fat lady sings at Anfield

Posted by hakanrylander on February 22, 2009

When Liverpool dropped two points against Manchester City this afternoon they more or less handed us the Premier League title. Still twelve games to go, but United are 7 points clear of Liverpool and ten and eleven respectively ahead of Chelsea and Villa. It will take a total collapse for United to loose this advantage. (I hope I won’t regret this post…).

The conclusions from United’s game against Blackburn are more complex. I saw this game in two different ways. United’s performance was not very impressive at all, but also very promising. Let me explain.

United dominated the early stages, but when Blackburn got more physical we struggled and our passing game wasn’t as fluid as usual. We gave away a bad goal and then Blackburn very nearly took the lead when Ryan Nelsen hit a post. I was also disappointed to see Ronaldo, correctly, receiving a yellow card for diving. My overall impression was that if Blackburn can cause us this much trouble we might find it difficult to deal with some of the much better sides we will encounter in the next few weeks.

On the other hand I found this game hugely promising because of the performances of Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo (apart from the diving, that is). They were not at their very best, but clearly improving. If these two players hit top form at this crucial stage of the season we can look forward to three very exciting months.

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One Response to “The fat lady sings at Anfield”

  1. The Gaffer said

    Yeh, totally agree with you! I just think that the rivalry is as good as it should be, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal have been far too inconstistent.

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