Well Chelsea have blown it.
After having the chance to really put the pressure on last week at Newcastle they stuttered to a dull draw when United only drew against Middlesbrough. And a win at St James’ Park would have put Chelsea only a point behind United.
But now, after again disappointing against a weakened Bolton side (with 6 first team players out injured) they find themselves 5 points behind with only 3 games to go.
Surely Manchester United know they’ll be lifting the Premiership Title once again.
The fact is United can draw against Manchester City next week, and if Arsenal beat Chelsea at the Emirates then the title race is over.
It would have been good to see a title race go right to the wire but now with United effectively having a 6 point lead (5 points with a superior goal difference) then it’s all over now.
I was watching the Manchester United game today and Everton did brilliantly to go two goals ahead and blow the Premiership wide open but I haven’t seen a worse collapse in some time.
In the second half, United looked lost and really didn’t look like scoring at all. But the Everton keeper gifted a goal by dropping a simple corner and only a few minutes later Phil Neville thought he was playing for United and scored a sloppy own goal.
Then after that there was only one winner and Rooney scored the 3rd and United reserve Eagles finished the game in stoppage time.
I’d say for a while that whoever wins the league will win the FA Cup, and that could push them on to win the Champions League.
And at the moment United have that momentum and could sweep the treble, and Chelsea could end up with just the Carling Cup.
But could today signal the start of a Chelsea collapse?
They will not give up in the Premiership but mentally the players and Mourinho will think it is all over with the number of games remaining, the big 5 point gap and harder fixtures coming up.
And going to Anfield on Tuesday, Chelsea will know that if they lose then they have been dumped out of two major competitions in only 4 days.
Well at least Cashley Cole has that valuable Carling Cup medal anyway.