Oh I get it Coffehead, I get it very well indeed - It's obviously you that didn't understand what I meant though; When I said United WILL drop points and Torres WILL come back to form that should of told you what I meant but as it didn't, here goes....
Remember in September, October and to some extent November when THEY dropped points like confetti and WE played well - well, for now, the situations are reversed - but at some point we WILL click back into gear - remember last season - overdrive until Dec', torpor/sleep until Feb' and then back into overdrive again? We'll do the 'back into overdrive part soon - poss' Monday and remember what happened to Bolton on Boxing Day when Chelsea nicked our top spot for 2 hours? We blew them off the park - how I would LOVE that v the Bitters - and lest you forget, Torres 15 + goals (i'm sure he'll get that many or more without injury from now into May) WILL thus come into equation. Do that and as long as we beat them (which we're more than capable of doing - just take THEIR blueprint from the Anfield games v them in 2004/2005, 2006/2007 and 2007/2008 all of which they won 0 - 1 whilst playing cowardly/negatively/without a shred of ambition (take your pick) to Old Trafford and do it to them) OR others hold them up with stupid draws (and they WILL, have you seen their away form this season - shocking and now they've lost Rooney, their most productive forward for a while AND Ferdinand their best defender) then we WILL remain ahead of them, one way or another.
I understand you; what you seem to be saying is they've had their blip and we've had our blip so what happens now?
last season we dropped 20 points from August to the end of the year and 18 points from January to the end of the season. So an almost identical record for both halves of the season.
Assuming things go the same way, we dropped 15 points in the first nineteen games this season and 3 more since; with seventeen games left, therefore, we expect to drop around 10 more points (on the assumption we drop 2 less in the second nineteen, as last year).
Mancs dropped 15 points in the second 19 last time round so there's hope there. But that second batch did involve a loss to Chelsea. This time round they've already played Chelsea and have home games against us and Arsenal. But nevertheless the hope is there; on last year's form we CAN do it as long as the Mancs stick to last year's form ( or worse) as well.
That is what I meant. So there's still every reason to be confident rather than on the verge of throwing in the white towel and calling for the ref' as you seem to be advocating
That's rather unfair; I'm not advocating that at all and it's irritating when people like yourself assume that anyone who isn't singing from the hymn sheet 100% is therefore at teh opposite extreme.
What I'm saying is that it would have been better for us to have our destiny in our own hands and also that we don't suddenly stop dropping points just because we're in the second half of the season, and nor do the Mancs drop too many.
I'm reasonably optimistic; It'll be a close one but with this year being the 20th anniversary of our closest league loss - on goals scored remember!, one can't help but fear another agonisingly close loss. Alternatively, of course, we might win the close race to exorcise the ghost of Michael Thomas
- Trust Rafa', he knows EXACTLY what he's doing, he's done this before remember?
Not here he hasn't. Only time will tell how crucial that might be.
And I doubt you'll moan in May if his tactics have the SAME result as they did with Valencia - I think he'd be hailed as a genius IF he pulls it off and rightly so.......................................
Of course; and what's the point in saying this? Of course no-one's going to moan f we win the thing; what's happening now is discussion. Why are you so afraid of that?