Manchester United have almost a hand on the Premiership title after they beat Middlesbrough convincingly and are now now six points ahead of Liverpool with 4 games left for both the teams. This puts the pressure on Liverpool who play there match on Sunday against Newcastle. A defeat or a draw for Liverpool will almost end there chances or who knows, we might some new twists late on.
Although Man Utd had a mid week match against Arsenal on Tuesday, they fielded an strong side with Ronaldo, Anderson, Van Der Sar and Tevez being rested. But still the squad had player like Rooney, Berbatov, Macheda, Scholes, Giggs, Park to win the match. Middlesbrough who are into the relegation zone started the match brightly but they failed to find any clear cut opportunities and were mostly restricted to shots from outside the box which rarely threatened Ben Foster. Boro’s best chance fell to Aliadiere but his low shot was saved by legs of Ben Foster. Manchester United was also not at there best and the striker pairing of Berbatov and Macheda was not too effective. But it was Ryan Giggs who opened the scoring and brought the title closer to Manchester United. Giggs scored from a low placed effort after being setup by Rooney and Vidic. Such beautiful was the effort that the goalkeeper didn’t even move. Paul Scholes had some decent chances but he shot wide on both the occasions.
Manchester United improved in to second half and it looked they might score soon. The goal soon came when a sublime Rooney pass found Park who shot in a low drive. This was probably the best move of the match. United had some more chances to increase there lead but it was not coming. Middlesbrough on the other hand were mainly restricted to long range efforts. Even the introduction of Afonso Alves couldn’t change anything as Boro were left hanging in the relegation zone.
Manchester United once again showed that they can still get the result they want in spite of not being in there best form. The game was not the best but three points secured is all that’s important.