- Sat 9th May: Crystal Palace 1 Man U 2
- Sat 2nd May: Man U 0 WBA 1
- Sun 26th April: Everton 3 Man U 0
- Sat 18th April: Chelsea 1 Man U 0
- Sun 12th April: Man U 4 Man C 2
- Sat 4th April: Man U 3 Aston Villa 1
- Sun 22nd March: Liverpool 1 Man U 2
- Sun 15th March: Man U 3 Tottenham 0
- Mon 9th March: Man U 1 Arsenal 2 (FAC)
- Wed 4th March: Newcastle 0 Man U 1
Only four defeats in that list, but interestingly three of them were in a row, and only stopped by the win at Palace where apparently they were “unconvincing”.
And no draws in that list either, which suggest they might be due one. But although we can’t go there and play for a draw, a draw would not be too bad a result. A win will stop all the fussing, a draw will still leave matters quite well balanced. But even with all this, let us not forget the progress made. A second cup final in succession, next season’s Champs League spot secured in plenty of time, the arrival of Coquelin, Bellerin, Gabriel and Alexis… it has not been too bad a season…
Another transfer insight has emerged from Mr W ahead of this game, saying, “Every player I’m offered they are in for.” Not surprising in itself, but it is interesting that we don’t hear too much about Arsenal being “offered” players. The sentence suggests what we’ve often said here, that when a club (in this case Man U) goes after a player, the player’s agent and the selling club go touting him around elsewhere looking for a better offer.
And what he didn’t say but will be on a lot of minds is that one more season of moderate performances by English teams in the Champs League combined with Italian success could mean that Italy gets a higher coefficient from Uefa than England, and so Italy get a fourth spot and we lose it. Then coming fourth really won’t be a trophy.
Mr Wenger added to all this by suggesting that the FA Cup win over Man U was itself symbolic, and would become even more so if it were repeated today. Indeed there seems to be a thought that the symbolism of winning in Manchester three times in a season would itself reverberate through the transfer market. Now there’s a thought.
Man U will be missing Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Luke Shaw. Jonny Evans and Rafael Da Silva are doubts while Robin VP seems to have vanished in a puff of smoke although apparently he is fit.
And just one little Man U factoid… their leading scorer is Rooney on… 12.
Anyway, our team looks like being our regular team. We might even put out the same team as last time… now how long is it since we had the same team six games in a row? (Even the fabled Anniversary Files that we print a daily extract from on the home page can’t tell me that).
But actually I think Ramsey will get a break to try and stop the niggling injury giving us…
Bellerin Mertesacker Koscielny Monreal
Wilshere Ozil Sanchez
Beached: Perm seven from … Szczesny, Chambers, Gibbs, Gabriel, Flamini, Rosicky, Ramsey, Gnabry, Walcott
Meanwhile some other little facts and the like…