There is a great episode of Irish comedy show Father Ted in which Father Ted Crilly is the coach of the â€˜over 75s all priests 5-a-sideâ€™ football team. His role as coach, in that episode, is heavily inspired by Sir Alex Ferguson, even down to the coat he wears, and it was my great fortune to rewatch that edition shortly after the Spurs match. I noticed some eerie similarities with this yearâ€™s United line up.
United would probably field either Scholes or Giggs at the moment even if one of them were recently deceased, such is the boost it gives to the other players to have them on the teamsheet.
The good form of the veterans almost glosses over the fact we have some new signings on board too. Ashley Young I had almost forgotten about after his excellent early season form. I suppose he was rather laid up with injury but heâ€™s had an outstanding week and both of his goals in north London were superb.
Thank goodness they were because the rest of our performance was fairly average. The results have been great since our blip at Christmas, but so have Manchester Cityâ€™s, and although things look rosy, I suspect weâ€™ll need to perform better if we want to win the league
One team that wonâ€™t be winning the league is Chelsea who have absurdly sacked another good manager because Frank Lampard and John Terry have had a tantrum. When you compare our senior players to the ones in London it makes me grateful to be a fan of the team in the north. Good luck to AVB wherever he shows up next.
United will remerge in the Europa League this Friday and Old Trafford against Athletic Bilbao, who are doing respectably for themselves in La Liga. Bilbaoâ€™s form has been patchy of late but in Llorente they have a dangerous striker who can potentially change a game. United will need to play better than they did in the second leg against Ajax to progress.
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