When Manchester United swept aside Queens Park Rangers with the apparent ease of a champion boxer beating up some no-mark contender just looking for a pay day, many people began to talk of another treble season at Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson himself fanned the flames on this subject when he described his current squad as his "best ever". But how a side that plays with only one top drawer central midfielder (Michael Carrick) can be described as his best ever is beyond me.
In 1999 United had arguably one of the greatest midfields the game has ever seen in David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs and, whilst this current team is excellent at playing a certain way and with Wayne Rooney playing in the whole behind Robin van Persie , I would argue that come the really big games-even with a midfield like that you need a big slice of luck.
As the key part of the season gets underway United couldn't be in better shape with Van Persie arguably the footballer of the year, Rooney coming into fitness and form, Javier Hernandez still chips in when called upon (15 goals this season) and Michael Carrick having his best season since swapping London for Manchester.
With Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand looking solid as a pair again Manchester United will be full of confidence but for all your good players you just need that slice of luck at the right time: Ze Elias missing a sitter in the San Siro in '99 or Bergkamp's last minute penalty miss being prime examples!
With Real Madrid on the horizon and a possible FA Cup quarter final with Chelsea as well the big games are coming thick and fast. I for one know this United fan can't wait and if we get the luck along with the undoubted skill of our attacking players we could be seeing the Reds play twi finals in the space of a week in May.
At 22/1 to win the Treble I wouldn't touch United with a barge pole as there is so much football still played both domestically and in Europe, I also wouldn't for fear of bringing them bad luck. Luck -now where have I mentioned that before…
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