Manchester United are looking to put the disappointment of Monday’s loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge behind them by putting any remaining doubts over their Premier League position with a win over Manchester City.
Despite there being 15 points separating the two teams in the top two positions this match promises to be charged with emotion and intensity if the previous encounter earlier in the season is anything to go by.
The two teams last met at the Etihad Stadium with Manchester United coming out on top on that occasion courtesy of a deflected Robin van Persie goal. The aftermath of the match was marred with pitch invasions by fans and coin throwing incidents that resulted in an eye injury to Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.
Should Manchester City manage to win the match at Old Trafford, like the extraordinary 6-1 result of last season, they would reduce the gap down to 12 points but even another shock result like that may not stop Manchester United from being champions if they managed to win another four matches from the remaining seven.
But the Manchester United camp would like to avoid any hiccups similar to last season when they squandered an eight-point lead over Manchester City to lose the title on the final day of the season.
The title all but seems to be heading back to Old Trafford come May and this is in no small way due to the desire and determination in the Manchester United camp. The team has played like champions and their ability to grind out results even when playing poorly speaks volumes about their commitment to get the title back after the disappointment of last season.
Manchester United captian Nemanja Vidic has already stated that he does not want to celebrate winning the title until Manchester United are over the line and crowned champions, with the events of last May still clearly in the back of his mind where Manchester United lost the title on goal difference to Manchester City.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson stated that he plans to go after Chelsea’s record points tally and beat it by setting a new record of 96 points in a season on his way to a 20th Premier League title for Manchester United.
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