Manchester United and Alex Ferguson sent a message to the rest of the Premier League yesterday, and I would especially suspect, the Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez. Man Utd to beat Chelsea easily 3-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday in the big game of the English Premier League at the weekend. Ferguson, unless he already believes his club can catch Liverpool and retain the title game against the other teams at the top of the table.
This was Manchester United and Ferguson, first win overThe other potential title contenders this season. Earlier this week, Ferguson had somehow disturbed Benitez, the Liverpool manager. So much so, in fact, that the Spaniards in an already launched a diatribe against Ferguson in his Friday press conference meditates on his alleged influence on the officials. In response to what the Liverpool manager attack, "said Ferguson after the game yesterday:" I think you have got to by the poison of it cut and I hope he will reflect on and understand thatWhat he said was absolutely ridiculous. He is an angry man, and I think he was upset for some reason or another – that's all I will have to say about it. "
Ferguson is certainly the master of mind games and it seems that he has won, certainly more than one of Benitez. The Premier League game between the two famous rivals at Old Trafford March will be interesting to see how the two react with each other, let alone the fact the outcome of this game could go along way toDecision on the final destination of the championship.
Anyway, so far this season Manchester United have been drawn 1-1 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in September 0-0 at Villa in November, and lost both Arsenal and Liverpool. However, Aston Villa, Liverpool and Arsenal all still to visit Old Trafford and it looks like Man Utd begin their push for the top with perfection time again.
It was Manchester United's central defender Vidic, the opener just before the tipsubsequently reached the mid-term strikers Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov as United one each. The victory means that Manchester United are now just one point behind Chelsea.
United have now 41 points, five behind Liverpool, but the current champions have two games in hand over their rivals. Germany can therefore move in the first place should beat Wigan and Bolton later this week.
But back at Old Trafford, it was a bad day at the office for Chelsea and her boss, PhilScolari had said before that this game was absolutely crucial for his team's chances of regaining the championship they last won in 2006. Maybe he got too much pressure on his players like Chelsea is not a single shot on target, even the game with three strikers for the last 10 minutes.
Scolari has seen his future come under increased speculation in the British press in recent weeks with some bad results. His team has against the background of the alleged unrest in the staggeredDressing room, as well as financial restrictions on the transfer market during the January window because of the current financial crisis.
Scolari said: "Now is the time for me and my players to think about our future: we have lost everything, or we are improving and we men?" There is only one way or the second way is death.
"We know know all the fans and the press know that we have seen in the second half we did not get to play." His English is not so good, but you can certainlyto understand what he means.
Chelsea won only one of them the last five Premier League games, which hardly championship form. Chelsea's next game is in just three days ago during a visit in an FA Cup 3 Round answer Southend. If Chelsea lose the game, will surely set alarm bells ringing in the south-west of London!
There was also a very interested spectator at Old Trafford yesterday. José Mourinho, former Chelsea manager, who was now coach at Inter Milan in the SAstands. Inter, of course, are due to play Manchester United next month in the last 16 of UEFA Champions League season. He must have been glad that he is still not for Chelsea but Man Utd performance will certainly have to think something to him before his return to Inter.