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The season so far

Arsenal fans are all crowing about being top at Christmas, but so what?! The league ends in May not December, and the little one point gap can be overhauled in a week. The second half of the season should be enthralling, especially when it could be more than just a two horse race and when the Champions League comes back into play in late February. United ought to benefit from the African Nations, namely with our rivals losing players such as Adebayor, Toure, Drogba and Essien.

And what should we make of the season so far? Obviously the season started terribly. After so much anticipation the first three games were a total flop. United failed to win their first three matches and, in additon, saw Ronaldo suspended and Rooney injured. But the team showed resilience and started to grind out results such as the 1-0 victories against Spurs, Sunderland, Birmingham and Everton. It was inevitable the goals and style would return though and suddenly the likes of Tevez and Ronaldo appeared in better form, leading to the series of games in which the team bagged four goals. By this stage players started to shine and everyone was impressed by Nani, Anderson and Hargreaves. Each of the big four┬ásummer signings have been fantastic and have compensated for Scholes’ injury and Carrick’s loss of form. Wes Brown has, on the whole, done a great job filling in for Gary Neville and the Ferdinand/ Vidic partnership looks strong. Up front Tevez and Ronaldo keep scoring and Rooney is waiting to hit form, and are showing true class such as Ronaldo’s lack of celebration leading to a standing ovation in Lisbon.

Since those early weeks of the season things look so much better. Victories against Everton (twice), Liverpool (unforgettably at Anfield) and the draw against Arsenal show United have no fear. Chelsea were swept aside, as were all opponents put before us in the Champions League. We see yesterday’s Christmas table and know that one point gap is there to be eradicated. We know Lyon can be beaten, we know the FA Cup is potentially ours and we know this team is growing ever stronger. Bring on 2008.

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  1. Zain :: December 27th, 2007 10:28 am

    Great read as always Oli!
    And your mention about the one point gap being overhauled in a week, just exactly what happened probably a few hours after you wrote that..

    Hard to imagine that 3 games into the season, we were in 19th position with not a single win to our name. Now we’re the joint top scorers, along with the best goal difference and defense. Ronaldo just seems to get better and better with every game, Rooney’s form coming back and yet another clean sheet. It’s all looking brilliant.
    And all this without having our captain and Scholes missing for almost all the season….

    Just a minor note about your article Adebayor is from Togo, who haven’t qualified for the African Cup of Nations thus won’t be missing from Arsenal…

  2. Dave :: December 29th, 2007 11:42 am

    Yeah Zain, we’ve over turned the point difference but it can quite as easily go the other way but it’s definitely something to build on.

    At the beginning of the season Arsenal were probably favourites to come fourth so they’ve definitely impressed me the most and credit goes to Wenger for letting the likes of Vieira and Henry go at the right time in the same way that Fergie has never been afraid of letting the likes of Ince, Hughes, Kanchelskis, Beckham, Stam, Van Nistelrooy.

    Hopefully we had our dip at the beginning of the season and we can use the lead as a stepping stone to extend our lead over the coming months as this part of the season is usually our strongest.

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