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Man Utd thrash West Ham, one step away from title


Ronaldo Manchester United fans, it is time to rejoice now. We are nearly there. Only one games separates us from the title and that too may prove to be unnecessary if Newcastle United can help us by beating Chelsea on Monday. I was pretty confident that we will win the game but there was a doubt in my mind considering our last recent record against West Ham to whom we have lost the last 3 matches. But all that doubt was erased from my mind when Ronaldo raced into the area and beat Green with a deflected shot while the Hammers defenders just watched. Hammers might have got back into the game three minutes later but Patrice Evra saved on the line and we were also a bit lucky not to have conceded a penalty when Brown hand balled under pressure.

But still our passing was excellent and we created several chances. Then on 24th minute, Hargreaves delivered a beautiful cross, the defenders failed to clear and the ball went into the back off the net off Ronaldo’s thigh for his 40th goal of the season. If that was not enough, Carlos Tevez sent a vicious shot into the net from 25 yards. So beautiful was the goal that even West Ham supporters also appreciated and clapped. The game was almost over but Ashton, who has been linked to United recently scored a wonderful goal from an overhead kick. It would just have been a small amount of hope for West Ham but a foolish moment from Nani nearly cost us the game. After some brief altercation with Lucas Neill, Nani head butted him, and then produced a theatrical display of falling to the ground in hope of avoiding punishment. He was shown a straight red card and we were left with 10 men. Clearly it was a very amateurish behavior from Nani and that too in such an important game. I would have loved to see what Fergie would have told him at half time.

Luckily for us, Ashton injured his muscle in scoring the goal and he was soon replaced in second half by Carlton Cole. And the hope of West Ham comeback was gone when some poor defending allowed Carrick to score from a deflected shot at 58th minute. Fergie soon sent on Giggs for Park and Fletcher for Ronaldo and Fletcher could have added a fifth but his shot hit the upright and bounced back. We had a few decent chances afterwards but we won at 4 – 1. The record attendance at Old Trafford was 76,013 and they sensed that we have won the league, well almost. The gaffer was quick to put some pressure on Chelsea, and to be honest, i have a feeling that Chelsea might lose at Newcastle. Newcastle have been in good form lately and if Owen, Martins play to there best, added to the pressure on Chelsea to win, they might end up losing.

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