Two weeks ago Man United were sitting pretty 7 points clear at the top of the Premiership, talk was of the quintuple and bookmakers in England were even paying out on bets that had been placed on that outcome. They must surely be ruing their decision if not now but in a couple of hours if Liverpool manage to beat 4th placed Aston Villa at home. If that happens Liverpool will be only 1 point off Man United with the Mancunians having a game in hand (that game being away to Wigan in mid-May when things could be all over).

Even after their loss to Liverpool the situation was still looking good, a 4 point gap at this point in the season would have been taken if offered but yesterday’s performance against Fulham reeked of a team splitting at the seams. Ill-discipline led to 1 and nearly 2 sendings off with the second actually for handball. While Fulham should be praised for their performance, especially that of the back four and goalkeeper, Man United know that they should have won. If Liverpool win later today you can bet Sir Alex will be sweating.

Another team that should have benefited from Man United’s second slip up in a row was Chelsea, who went to Tottenham in a game that was delayed for half an hour due to a security threat. It’s unknown whether the Chelsea team were told of Manchester United’s predicament before they went out to play (Man United were losing 1-0 at the time) and whether that would have had an impact on their performance. When Chelsea lose away from home they always seem to create lots of chances but fail to put them away while the home team manages to stick 1 or 2 past Petr Cech. This was the story yesterday when an unlikely hero was found in much maligned Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, who’s been the victim of many goalkeeping howlers this season, who pulled of a string of excellent saves in the second half to keep his team in the lead. Chelsea will be kicking themselves that they let this opportunity to open the title race up into a 3-horse race slip.

Liverpool aren’t a certainty to win this afternoon though even though they’re at home, they’re unbeaten at home this season but have drawn 6 of the 14 games already played at Anfield. Liverpool need to take this opportunity, Man United don’t lose very often so they might not get another chance to eat into their lead, all will be revealed in a few minutes…


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