September 20, 2018

Manchester United 3-2 winners over valiant Liverpool

Did you see me ride my bike Sir Alex? The Bulgarian bicycle thats what I am.

Manchester United’s Dimitar Berbatov has scored six minutes from full time to secure a 3-2 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Earlier Manchester United were in complete control. Two goals from Berbatov either side of the break including a stunning Bicycle kick had put the home side deservedly in front. Sir Alex Ferguson was purring like an old cat and all was right in the United world.

Football these days is still about winning, but entertainment is a close second. United got a bit complacent in defence with Fernando Torres drawing fouls that resulted in a penalty and a free kick that dead ball wizard Steven Gerrard converted to tie the scores.

With 20 minutes remaining it looked like Liverpool might complete one of the great comebacks but with time running out they were happy to settle for a point. Berbatov deprived them of that by rising above Jamie Carragher and heading in six minutes from time. It completed a memorable hat trick for the Bulgarian and ended an emotional roller coaster of a ride for both sets of fans.

Well done United for the win, but Liverpool showed enough to suggest that they won’t be hovering above the relegation zone for too much longer. They will be concerned though about their inability to threaten from open play. Against the top flight clubs they will need to find some combinations fast. Perhaps Joe Cole will provide the spark they need.

Meanwhile back at the top of the table Chelsea march on. Five games, five wins and a goal difference of plus twenty. Age and injury might come to the fore eventually and slow down their title march but at this rate they are going to build up a healthy buffer on the pack.

Blackpool were the latest victims going down 0-4 at Stamford Bridge to slip out of the top five. It is unlikely that Blackpool will be that high again.

The big guns are taking over with a top five of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham.

It is hard to see many others getting a look in but anything is possible. This is shaping up to be one of the closest title races for the Premier League title since, well last season actually. Great game this football.