SO, it seems the worst Manchester United side I can remember is still going to be good enough to win the Premier League.
Not a great advert for the competition, which seems to have lost a bit of quality in recent seasons.
We may still have the most competitive and exciting football league on the planet, but if a team with Jonny Evans, Michael Carrick and a couple of OAPs regularly playing can still take the title, we’re certainly low on ability.
Manchester City are by far the best team in England, but have choked badly in recent weeks. I backed them for the title from the off, but it seems United’s experience has once again paid off.
But even the most partisan of United fans must recognise their shortcomings.
Bilbao, Ajax, Benfica and FC Basel all played without fear against the Red Devils, and reaped the rewards.
Premier League teams should have taken note.
I’M not too sure who decided the scheduling for the two FA Cup semi-finals next weekend.
Fans of Everton and Liverpool will have to be up at the crack of dawn to dash to Wembley for a 12.30pm kick-off on the Saturday, while city natives Chelsea and Tottenham do battle at 6pm the following day.
Bearing in mind Chelsea have a Champions League semi-final against Barcelona the following Tuesday, it beggars belief. Whether it was ITV or the police that had the final say, it’s just shocking stuff. Sunday’s anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster had to be considered, but Chelsea must be feeling hard done-by.
SPEAKING of poor scheduling, Holbeach United face four games in seven days next week (see back page). A quite ridiculous plight for a United Counties League team.
It seems more than a little unfair that the third and final ‘South Holland clasico’ with Spalding United has been brought forward a couple of weeks to this Wednesday, especially as it’s the Tulips’ final game of the campaign.
Much like Chelsea, it looks like the Tigers are being punished for their own success when it really wasn’t necessary. With a cup final on the horizon, this is the last thing they needed.