Another victory under out belts that makes it three in a row. Yesterday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur was arguably the biggest test we have faced so far this season. A team on a high and a team with plenty of attacking talent but thanks to Captain Nemanja Vidic and a controversial Nani clincher the three points are ours taking us level with Arsenal on 20 points but still five behind leaders Chelsea.
After two wins in a row it seems that Manchester United are finally clicking into gear, and this weekend they welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Old Trafford in a match that historically is full of excitement and lots of goals.
It may come as a surprise to know that Spurs have not won at Old Trafford for over twenty years, their last coming in December 1989 when they won 1-0 thanks to a Gary Lineker goal, and they have not beaten United at all in the last 25 meeting between the clubs.
I won’t spend a lot of time yesterday’s Carling Cup tie against Wolves, as it was a home match that, for once this season, I wasn’t particularly concerned whether or not we’d win. I didn’t watch, but I did follow along on the live match commentary and caught highlights afterwards, and if there’s one thing I can say, it’s my, doesn’t that Chicharito have some great timing or what?
I wouldn’t have been surprised not to see him at all against Wolves after playing the full 90 at Stoke on Sunday, but the occasion called for it, and he duly delivered a second match-winner in three days to see off our Premier League counterparts 3-2.
Two wins in the last two matches have come as welcome relief even if the performances haven’t been what you would expect from a Manchester United side, but given recent results a win is a win nonetheless.
Coming up next for Manchester United is the visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers in the League Cup fourth round in a repeat of last season third round fixture and the visitors will take no comfort from the fact that their last win at Old Trafford was a 1-0 victory in a league match in February 1980.
If you need to be caught up, the last several days can be summed up in the following sentences:
My, what a week!
Wayne Rooney is a) money-hungry, b) a sniveling Scouser, c) a traitor, d) absolutely right, depending on who you ask.
We had a match yesterday?!
We won away from home in the Premier League?! WOOHOO!
Javier Hernandez = Manchester United legend.
In the craziness of all the Rooney wants to leave/is injured/says he wants to leave/signs a new contract, one could be forgiven if they happened to forget that there was a match yesterday, and an important one at that.
Manchester United travel to the Britannia stadium to face Stoke City amid the continued media cloud cast by the Wayne Rooney contract issue. But as the striker has a ‘real’ ankle injury he will not take part in the match.
With affairs back on the field not exactly perfect, Sir Alex Ferguson needs to sort his United’s performances on the pitch as a priority. The team have slipped to fourth in the table, five points behind league leaders Chelsea.
While there’s been a great deal of speculation, both in the media and amongst supporters, as to the motivations for Wayne Rooney wanting to leave Manchester United, the only word from the man himself centered around his doubt about the club’s future.
On the surface, it appears those questions have been answered, otherwise we likely wouldn’t have seen Rooney pen a new, long-term contract and afterwards comment, in so many words, that he heard what he needed to hear.
On top of that, reports have emerged that one of the selling points in Rooney’s decision to re-commit himself to the club for the long haul was that Sir Alex Ferguson would have at least £100m to spend on transfers.
However, actions speak louder than words, and until we see more substance come out of the regular mass of speculation about who Manchester United ‘are interested in’, ‘are tracking’, ‘will make a move for’, ‘are reportedly close to a deal for’, etc., then one can only proceed with cautious optimism, at best.
Most of you have been left completely shell-shocked, flabbergasted and utterly speechless by today’s announcement that Wayne Rooney has signed a new five-year contract, just days after declaring his unequivocal intention to leave Old Trafford.
But what has changed so much in the last few days? Have Manchester United suddenly found some ambition? Has his monetary demands been met? Or did the Old Trafford hierarchy give him some kind of ultimatum? The answers are anyone’s guess.