So Manchester United's route to repeating 1999 now includes Chelsea in the Cup, Real Madrid in Europe and Manchester City in the League. Winning will involve dispatching the Premier League and La Liga Champions and the European Champions, a pretty tough ask - on paper.
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With half of the season gone, the post Christmas period for many is simply the start of a brand new year, a fresh start perhaps. But for football supporters, only one phrase matters: the transfer window.
Opinions within the game are mixed on its effect; with some feeling the signing of a new player will disrupt the flow of a team on the top of their game.
Frustrating though the draw in Wales was to a Manchester United team boasting much of our best XI, the post game claim by Sir Alex Ferguson that Robin van Persie could have been killed seemed a most exaggerated response. Frustration shared Sir Alex but come on, it's a ball not a coin or missile.
Speed kills, we all know that, but when it's gone, or if you never had it, does it matter in Premiership football?
I ask because as I watch Jamie Carragher, surely the slowest player in the league at present, it made me wonder.
A string of slow players came to mind. Jan Molby was probably the slowest ever - do you agree ?
Manchester United claimed a memorable 3-2 Premier League victory over the current Champions of Europe at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, a result that they had failed to achieve in 10 years against Chelsea in their own back yard.
Manchester United travel to London this weekend to face the European Champions and Premiership leaders in this season’s biggest game so far. The question is - how will we fare?
Analyzing Chelsea, I can see a huge change from the team that won the Champions League through dogged defending and the explosive impact of Didier Drogba.
What sides really can win the Champions League this year? Realistically it will be one of the usual suspects, won’t it?
I believe this season’s competition will be won by one of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich, the reigning champions Chelsea or Manchester United.
Unsurprisingly Robert Lewandowski starred for Poland in their 1-1 draw with Roy Hodgson’s England yesterday in Warsaw. Not of course that this came as a surprise to football fans across Europe especially those in Poland and in Germany where the talented striker plays his club football.
I love the fact football fans have such short memories.
This fact was brought home to me by our very own Adam Dennehey who responded to my critical assessment of Stuart Pearce's Team England and token Wales, aka GB, by suggesting that their win over that global football powerhouse, Uruguay, now sets them alongside the greats.
If there was any hope of a miracle for Ireland in Gdansk it was quickly put to bed with not even 5 minutes on the clock.
A Fernando Torres brace and goals from David Silva and Cesc Fabregas completed the 4-0 mauling of the Irish. It was hard to watch for any Irish fan including myself.
The year 2010 saw the bargain buy Javier Hernandez set the season alight at Manchester United with a price that proved that quality need not cost what City are paying.
Here`s one for the fancy of Manchester United fans` minds: who would be that one player from each of Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs that we would like to sign? Here are my choices: