On Saturday, United endured the difficult task of entertaining Wolves at Old Trafford following their victory over the blue half of Manchester, and their decent performance against Chelsea.
Nobody at Old Trafford anticipated an easy game against Wolves and a spirited performance was required to take all three points.
We have all become used to seeing United clinch last minute wins over the years but this season so far something was missing.
After losing leads against Fulham and Everton it was beginning to look like United had lost that instinct to kill off games. But last Saturday when man of the moment Ji Sung Park bagged the winning goal in stoppage time the Red Devils proclaimed to the watching world that...Manchester United are back.
The final minutes of a match are absolutely vital, moments that can redefine a game, redefine a team or redefine a season. As for the 92nd minute at Old Trafford last Saturday, it has the potential to define all three.
The fashion of the win and Chelsea dropping three points against Liverpool can bring an extra morale and confidence boost to the team and just in time for the Manchester derby on Wednesday.
The derby clash is something fans look for every time the fixture list is released, our work schedule and personal lives become built around clashes like this.
With City’s explosion of wealth and influx of stars over the last couple of seasons it only adds spice to the clash of two bitter rivals and that can only be good for football. The crossover into the blue half by Carlos Tevez adds fuel to the tension between both sides in an already mouth-watering clash.
City have struggled in their last few games while United remain unbeaten this season so far.
This has to be the best time for United to face City away, confidence will be on the up, players like Ryan Giggs, Nani, and Dimitar Berbatov could return to action and the memories of Paul Scholes bagging the last minute winner at this equivalent fixture last season will be remembered.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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