England striker Danny Welbeck may look for a move away from Manchester United, in search of a regular starting place and a central striking role. He won’t be missed.
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One more victory, one more precious three points, and what has seemed inevitable for weeks will become a reality. Manchester United have claimed the 20th top division crown, which has now given the club a two title lead over great rivals Liverpool.
And Manchester City may well return with a strong assault next season, but the hinted power shift from red to blue appears once again premature.
''Manchester United have been poor defensively.'' This is a common quote that has been said amongst Football fans, pundits and all involved in Football across the globe as sadly it has been true.
Five clean sheets in the first four months of this season and eight in total so far speaks volumes as for a club of our stature and considering what we are competing for that is a horrendous statistic.
One of the heroes of Manchester United’s win over Liverpool this weekend was Danny Welbeck.
He led the line well alongside Robin van Persie, playing the full 90 minutes with his performance winning praise from Gary Neville who during commentary yesterday announced him as his man of the match.
After Boxing Day’s thriller of a match against Newcastle at Old Trafford, Manchester United on paper have an easier looking fixture at home to Steve Clarke’s West Brom tomorrow. After all United can’t keep leaking goals at will can they?
Remember the days when Manchester United used to be defensively sound, when you could rely on Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic at the back in front of Edwin Van der Sar. A mean defence which hardly gave away chances, let alone goals on a regular basis, weren’t those the good old days?
Last week Manchester United lost 3-2 at home to Spurs and the reason was mostly due to poor defending. Going into Sunday the Red Devils were looking to get back into second place and with a win in Newcastle that’s exactly what the team achieved.
Newcastle United on-form at St James’ Park are always a tough task for any side to beat. That task is made tougher for Manchester United after their sluggish start to the season which again has been highlighted by their defensive worries at the back.
Alan Pardew and Newcastle United have come a long way. Incredibly when Pardew was brought in to replace the popular Chris Hughton in December 2010, Newcastle fans didn’t want anything to do with him! How times have changed.
Now just take a look at Newcastle. They have climbed back up the ladder from the humiliation of relegation in 2009 to become every neutral’s favourite second team.
So the word on the street is that Sir Alex Ferguson is going to drop Patrice Evra this weekend for Manchester United’s game against Wigan Athletic this weekend handing Alexander Buttner his full first-team debut.
Should this be the perfect setting for Buttner to be thrown in at left-back at the Frenchman’s expense? The simple answer to that question is a resounding YES!
Seeing as the new Premier League season starts tomorrow, I thought it would be great to jot my predictions for the season down.
Now bearing in mind my predictions last season, I cannot guarantee that these predictions will be right. After all last year I predicted that Swansea and Norwich would go down and that Blackburn (who were atrocious) would finish a staggering 13th so I am bound to get 2-3 clubs positions completely wrong!
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.