Apr 30 2011
Were there as many bumps, nicks, scrapes, strains, sprains, and so on in the Manchester United squad as there were throughout the Manchester United squad as there were earlier in the season, the current stretch of United’s stretch run would make for a serious selection headache for Sir Alex Ferguson.
After taking a decided advantage in our Champions League semifinal against Schalke with a dominant 2-0 victory in Germany on Tuesday, United’s focus this weekend returns to trying to move within a win of the Premier League title as we visit slumping Arsenal at the Emirates tomorrow afternoon.
There won’t be much time to rest after the visit to north London, with the return leg against Schalke on Wednesday night at Old Trafford. As much of a formality as some might think the second leg is with United two away goals to the good and Old Trafford being a veritable European fortress, there’s still some work left to do after Manuel Neuer’s masterpiece, combined with a few glaring misses for United, prevented the tie from being 100% decided in Gelsenkirchen.
Despite the Gunners’ recent struggles that have not only seen them miss multiple opportunities to close the gap on United, but fall to third and nine points back of us, you can be sure that Fergie will send out a strong side with the intent to take all three points ahead of next weekend’s potential title clincher against Chelsea. However, he must do so with Wednesday on his mind as well, even with what amounts to a commanding lead against visiting Schalke.