After a bit of a hiccup last week which saw us level on points at the finish, Utd seem to have staked their claim on the title with a worryingly determined performance against one of their dodgier opponents. So, any slip up from us against Newcastle on Monday and we won’t even make them wait til the last day to claim their 10th crown. And if today’s clinical display is anything to go by, there’s no question Utd are going to finish the season in style.
Utd set out their stall in the third minute with the now all too familiar sight of Ronaldo finding the net and when, twenty minutes later, he answered the question of whether there’s any part of his anatomy he can’t actually score with, the writing was very much on the wall. Not to be outdone, Tevez tested the stability of Green’s net, banging one in from 30 yards out, much to the delight of both the home and away support it seemed before Ashton’s overhead kick cheered the Hammers with a goal out of nowhere. Nani’s attempted overhead proved less successful however, resulting in a dismissal following a clash of heads with Lucas Neill. To be fair to Nani though, his inexperience can excuse him reacting to a slap on both cheeks from Neill, who, despite clearly having asked for a bang on the head, walked away without as much as a slapped wrist.
The Utd manager looked less than happy with his young hothead taking an early bath on 37 minutes, although it seemed to bother his team mates slightly less as the ten remaining men came back out in the second half and consolidated their position with a fourth goal on 59 minutes coming from last week’s villain. Utd were simply too good for a West Ham side with nothing more than pride to play for and they’re sitting a bit more comfortably at the top of the pile tonight.
Two games left, 3 points the gap – pressure’s on!