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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Is this the best Premier League run in ever?

It’s only February – is Manchester United’s season already over?

As the manager of Manchester United, life for David Moyes never seems to get any easier. With the unenviable task of stepping in Sir Alex Ferguson’s giant shoes this season, being a successor of any merit is no easy task.

With his team out of both domestic cup competitions, languishing in 6th place in the league, eleven points off fourth place with eleven games to go and now; facing the real possibility of exiting the Champions League at the last 16 stage with Olympiakos leading 2-0 from their first leg tie, it’s no wonder the press are already hedging their bets on who will be the next manager to take over at Old Trafford.

How times have changed. Only twelve months ago, United looked a dominant force. They led the Premier League with an aura of strength, belief and determination that had won them countless admirers and a trophy cabinet full of silverware. As each week passes and each result fails to improve, the “Ferguson Factor” becomes all too clearer on just how big of an influence the previous manager was at this once great club.

Now the United fans who have been very much used to success and a certain style of football are staring the real possibility of a trophy-less season square in the face and even more important, next season with no Champions League football. In the space of twelve months, the fact is clear that the aura has gone and the self belief with it.

Tuesday night’s Champions League performance against Olympiakos was simply woeful. There was none of the usual leadership, pressing or determination you associate with a Manchester United team. You have to wonder if Moyes has lost the dressing room? If so, his days could be up very soon.

Are Liverpool ready to step up once again?

With the sudden demise of Manchester United, you cannot ignore the irony that Liverpool fans are now enjoying a season that may bring huge success compared to previous years. With a team in hot scoring form, led by the enigmatic Luis Suarez, they look like real contenders for not only a top four place but a possible outside shot at the title.

With Brendan Rogers’ men only trailing leaders Chelsea by four points, the season is far from over and realistically, anyone of the current top four of Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City or Liverpool could be lifting the trophy come May time.

Solid money is riding on either Chelsea or the unmatchable wealth of noisy Manchester neighbours City, who have a squad depth that can deal with injuries or suspensions during the tough run in. Liverpool and Arsenal on the other hand know that one or two key players missing could be the end of any title challenge but at things stand, it appears this elite group will maintain their top four spots, unless nearly men and mercurial underachievers Spurs can finally get their act together with some good wins and stop leaking soft goals.

Whatever happens at the top, we are certainly in for a great title run in. And that’s not all…

The relegation battle is widening!

Only six points separate eleventh placed Hull from eighteenth placed relegation favourites Sunderland in the battle at the bottom.

Fans of the Black Cats will be hoping and praying that Gus Poyet can pull off what no other manager has ever done in the history of the Premier League. To keep a team up when they were sat bottom of the league on New Years Day. Recent form has been pretty impressive with three wins from their last five games. However they know this form has to continue right until the end to have any chance of survival.

With matches to come against fellow strugglers Crystal Palace, Norwich, West Brom and Cardiff and tough ties against the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Man Utd all in the pipeline, they must take points off teams around them to have any chance of rewriting history.

With a realistic list of relegation candidates that spreads over ten teams, the bottom half have created a separate league table that is literally going to be survival of the fittest. For the neutral watching, it will be amazing drama. For the poor fans of these clubs, it will either be heartbreak or huge relief.

Where will you be watching?

With so much amazing football still on offer, there’s only one place to watch the league take shape for the run in and that’s at UKTV2C. If you love live games then there’s a feast of fixtures coming up on Sky Sports. If you enjoy your football highlights then of course, catch all the matches on BBC1 and BBC2 with Match of the Day and Match of the Day 2.

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