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Date: 22 April 2019

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EBPL: Man U hit top gear just on time!

[Posted 30 Dec 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Berbatov and Rooney have formed a deadly combination capable of winning titles at Man U

One of the World's biggest soccer clubs, Manchester United of the English Barclays Premier Soccer League has just hit good form at the right time of the league title race.

Man U regained top spot after a crucial 1-1 draw with Birmingham on Tuesday, and replaced overnight log leaders, city rivals Manchester City who had assumed the leadersip of the premiership following a 4-0 demolition of troubled Aston Villa earlier on Tuesday.

Previously, United had wrestled the log leadership from other overnight leaders Arsenal following a 2-0 demolition of Sunderland on Boxing Day.

On a day when Arsenal's 1-1 draw away at Wigan proved to be a sad dropping of two points for Arsene Wenger's men rather than having gained a single point, United fought gallantly to snatch a point away at battling Birmingham City.

Man U are sitting aloft of the EBPL log with 38 points, and an advantage of a superior goal difference, plus a cushion of two games in hand against their closest chasers Man City, and third placed Arsenal who sit at 36 points, having played a game more.

What gives the Red Devils an advantage over their closest rivals is that they seem to be hitting great form, when their rivals sing the blues.

Former log leaders and defending champions Chelsea have hit a bad pitch, and only ended a five-game winless streak with a laboured 1-0 win at home to Bolton on Wednesday night.   

Arsenal seem to drop points when their fans expect them to go on a roll. After dispatching champions Chelsea 3-1, everyone expected them to really use the confidence gained to crush little Wigan, but could only manage a 2-2 draw on Wednesday night.

Man City's biggest undoing is their tendency to be inconsistent like their surprise 1-2 home loss to Everton on Monday 20 December.

The inconsistent performances of their closest rivals gives Man U an edge in the title race this season. The former European Champions are yet to taste defeat in the league in 18 games, and half way through the season.

Their greatest weapon is team work, and the ability to get goals from more than two players.

The Red Devils do not rely on one striker for goals. Even their midfielders such as Nani and Fletcher can score goals.

Ofcourse any team with championship credentials should have a player who makes things happen at different stages of the campaign.

Earlier on in the season, the player who appeared to be on course to be the torch-bearer at Man U this season is Mexican striker Hernandez.  

However, the real star of the show has proved to be Bulgarian sharp shooter Dimitar Berbatov. Berbatov scored his first goal of the season in Man U's first game on 16 August.

The Bulgarian has since added double hattricks and some braces to take his goal tally on top of the goal scorers' chart to 14 thus far.

His first hattrick was on 19 September when the Red Devils overcame bitter rivals Liverpool 3-2 at Old Trafford. His second hattrick followed in the 7-1 mauling of Black Burn Rovers on 27 November at home. The Bulgarian star scored an amazing five goals in that match.

Apart from Berbatov, Man U can boast of other deadly strikers such as Macheda, Michael Owen, Hernandez and Wayne Rooney who will weigh in with crucial goals when the going gets tough for Dimitar.

Midfielders such as the Portuguese nimble-footed winger Nani, the South Korean captain Park-Ji-Sung and veteran Ryan Giggs are proven match winners on their day.

The richness of quality individuals with a telepathic understanding to make a great team are the ingredients that set Man U head and shoulders above other serious title contenders in England such as Chelsea and Arsenal.

In Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United has one of the shrewdest coaches ever to walk on earth. The Scotsman has the ability to identify players who can perfectly fit into the Man U system and perform wonders.

A good example is how he has transformed Berbatov into a star of the Premiership. While many struggled to tell the value that Ferguson was seeing in Rooney all this time, the veteran coach has proved that a great striker is not only one who tops goal charts, but one who can help the team win games, even when he does not hog the limelight himself.

As things stand, all things being equal, it is difficult to see Chelsea successfully defending their title this season, or Manchester City finally transforming their bank millions into cup and league titles.

Man U appears like the real deal in the Premiership this season.

But Ferguson needs to be warned, if his team is to lift the Barclays Premiership title come end of the season; Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City and Harry Redknapp's fast improving Tottenham Hotspurs will not give it to him in a silver platter. 


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