Manchester United’s Only Option
United entered the Champions League groups stage as heavy favourites to win easily, however, Benefica and Basel were all but obliging. Next, they were slapped in the face again as they were ousted from Europe’s second-tier tournament, the Europa League. Being eliminated from the world’s biggest club tournaments early does have its advantages. First, it has allowed them to put as competitive a squad as they could muster each week. Had they moved on to the knock-out stage, they would most certainly have been forced to choose games in which to rest some of their best talent. Inevitably they would have dropped points, and would not hold the all-but insurmountable lead they hold over rivals Manchester City today.
While they have the BPL title race close to being locked up, the final test will come from Manchester City on Monday, April 30, from the Etihad Stadium. Certainly the match is a must-win situation for City.
My thoughts are that United has too big of a lead and too much experience down the stretch for City to match. The recent form shows ManU with 11 wins and 1 draw during their last 12 premiership games, while their cross-town rivals have two draws and a loss in their last three matches.
Manchester United will escape the tragedy of losing out early in the Champions League by winning their 20th league title.
…and that is the last word.