Fergie must have been chortling into his claret on Tuesday night as a knock-back at Everton for City saw the title race blown wide open.
Winning the league is all about handling the pressure. And Sir Alex’s experience is one thing Sheik Mansour cannot buy.
The title is a two-horse race despite Tottenham’s valiant efforts to crash the party while their manager fights a bigger tactical battle at Southwark Crown Court.
This weekend sees United take the trip to Chelsea which is a far less daunting task than in days gone by.
Chelsea were passed off the park by Swansea midweek and are in a rotten run of form.
So the 15/8 chalked-up by Paddy Power on a Utd win looks like a belated Christmas present and should be swallowed up before the price inevitably shortens.
City are at home to Fulham where anything less than 3 points will see a wobble become a full blown choke.
While the fancy dans of the Premier League slug it out, a battle no less intense will be raging in East London where West Ham take on their old mates Millwall.
It’s always a pleasant time on Green Street when the ‘Wall come to town so I’ll be putting on my hard hat and enjoying the “special” atmosphere of derby day.
West Ham should have too much for the Lions – on the pitch at least. But after the Hammers’ horror show at Ipswich on Tuesday I’m taking nothing for granted.
If they play like that again Big Sam should make them walk down Cold Blow Lane in full kit.
Football takes a bit of a back seat this weekend with the start of the Six Nations.
It’s an intriguing betting event with England too inexperienced, France too flaky and Wales too injury prone.
That brings me back to Ireland who are banking on experience to win matches and look decent value at 4/1 to win the tournament.
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