With the end of the 2012/13 Premier League season coming to an end, it seems Manchester United have the title in their fingertips, with just six matches left in the season and a 15 point lead over Manchester City.
As usual with the end of the season, the matches are hard fought and a grind to the finish. This was how the match against Stoke City went for United. It was not the most exiting of games, but to win the title a team needs to win games like this one.
The game started off brilliantly for United, from a corner kick in the third minute of play, Michael Carrick stuck out a toe and his shot went into the bottom corner.
The rest of the first half was not very interesting, with only a Robert Huth header going wide and a powerful long range shot from Wayne Rooney which was well saved by Asmir Begovic being the only other chances.
The second half was quite similar, with few chances coming from either side. Robin van Persie looked certain to end his goal drought of 751 minutes when he rifled a shot into the side netting, a chance he would have usually buried earlier in the season.
However he finally got his goal when, in the 65th minute, he was brought down by Andy Wilkinson in the penalty area.
The penalty was well taken, and Robin’s ten game goal drought ended, and the Dutch striker showed how much it meant to him by his celebration, in which he hugged Sir Alex Ferguson on the touchline.
The game ended 2-0, which means United regain their 15 point lead in the Premier League, and add more pressure on Manchester City in the title race.
The man of the match for me was Phil Jones, who was very solid in right back and played a game that proved to many that he can be a regular name in United’s first team.
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