After the 4-0 win over Norwich stretched Manchester United’s lead at the summit of the Premier League to fifteen points over Manchester City, having played a game more than their city rivals, the title race looks over.
It would take a collapse of epic proportions for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men to fail to regain the Premier League crown, and such has been their waltz to the title that if they only win one competition this season it would be looked upon as a disappointment.
Such are the high expectations at Old Trafford that winning the domestic title is almost a given. The addition of Robin van Persie as well as the progression of David de Gea, Rafael, Phil Jones and Tom Cleverley amongst others has seen United usurp City as England’s best team.
With Arsenal travelling to Bayern Munich with a 3-1 deficit to overcome, the Red Devils could be England’s only representative in the Champions League if they overcome Real Madrid.
It’s no wonder Ferguson is so excited by the match.
"I don't think it gets any bigger than this for a European night. It's set up to be a potentially marvellous game - I don't think we'll be disappointed." Ferguson told SkySports.
If United fail to beat Real (or draw 0-0) then they will only have the FA Cup as a possible addition to a probable league title. They face Chelsea in the quarter-finals but with home advantage, and the Red Devils should be confident of overcoming Rafa Benitez’s Blues. City are still in the Cup, as are Everton, but both sides have wobbled recently. City are in danger of being caught by Tottenham Hotspur in the league, while the Toffees' top 4 ambitions have all but evaporated.
Putting an end to the final day heartache of last season so quickly and silencing the ‘noisy neighbours’, as Ferguson called City, will no doubt bring satisfaction to everyone at Old Trafford. However, if they want this season to be truly memorable, they need to make it another double celebration, either a domestic double or, better yet, with a third Champions League for Ferguson and United. The ease of which they have run away with the league will be tainted by failure to add another trophy and will no doubt anger Ferguson, who continues to demand the best from his team.
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