19th around the corner, finally!
In his first ever press conference in November 1986, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson cited "knocking Liverpool off their perch" as his greatest challenge and come May 8, 2011 he has kept his promise to all the Manchester United fans worldwide.
Going in to the Chelsea match, it was do-and-die for both the teams and Manchester United just took 37 seconds to score the first goal of the match when Javier Hernandez scored for the Red Devils. Soon the lead was doubled through United's captain Nemanja Vidic. Though Frank Lampard pulled one goal back in the second half but United held their nerves and match ended 2-1.
The United manager has only had to endure seeing Liverpool lift the title twice, back in 1988 and 1990 and after that it's all Manchester United. When the Scotsman steamed into Manchester, United had won the old First Division title seven times from 1908 to 1967. Liverpool had been the top team in England on 16 occasions. Today the score is 18 each, and a win or draw at Blackburn on Saturday will surely give them the dream 19th EPL title.
To replace Liverpool as England's most prolific club would leave only Europe for him to break new ground and on collision course Barcelona on 28th May in Champions League final, no one can count United out for sure. Victory over Barca would bring him level with Paisley's three European Cups.
The 19th title has always been a fixation for Fergie and surely it's not going to stop here. He has already made it very clear that he is not retiring and will be in charge at Old Trafford next season come what may. His current logic is that he is surrounded by fine young players and that there is no reason to walk away from one of the finest team in England and in the World.
SAF as he is called in media circles and fans alike, has never been shy of critising his own players whenever they have not played well, whether it was days of Beckham, Ronaldo or the current crop. At times this season, Ferguson himself has admitted that United have not played fantasy or so called expansive football.
Cynics have criticised them from day one, that they are lucky to get results, but the expectations at United are such that it is a foregone conclusion to win every single match they go in to play. But that is just not possible even with United's high standards.
Nobody in the world would have put their money on United reaching the Champions League final, but the mantra for Fergie's side always has been 'Believe' and one should not surprise if United beat Barcelona to end their dominance worldwide.
When United lost to Arsenal last weekend, everyone thought that United have blown their chance of winning the title and Chelsea can hurt them badly, but Ferguson and Manchester United never showed any signs of any nerves and they just hammered Chelsea to inch closer to the record 19th EPL title.
And when the final whistle was blown, the carnival had begun at the Theatre of Dreams and Sir Alex bowed in front of thousands of fan which he has never done before, throwing his arms high into the air before almost touching the turf. He did this twice and fans went crazy and started singing the famous anthem -- 'Glory Glory Man United and Red goes marching on on on'..
More about Abhishek NandwaniNot a sports enthusiast by choice, Abhishek has been brought up with the passion as playing turned into scribbling.
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