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Point at Birmingham should have been better

Another away game, another draw and another two points lost when they had appeared to be in the bag until Birmingham City snatched a last minute equaliser. Despite that however, Manchester United ends the year still unbeaten, top of the table with two games in hand over second placed Manchester City and here’s a little bit of history which augers well for United. No team which has entered a new year undefeated has ever failed to go on to win the title except Sheffield United way back in 1899-1900, that's all of 110 years ago when they finished runners up to Aston Villa. On the other five occasions when Arsenal twice, Preston, Leeds and Liverpool ended the year undefeated, they were crowned Champions.

Were these another two points frittered away or a valuable one gained? It’s worth remembering that this was the fourth time that United has failed to win at St Andrews in their last five visits so perhaps the outcome should not be all that surprising. In such a tightly fought title race, this could be the one point that makes the difference in the final outcome. As always, my complete faith lies in Sir Alex Ferguson.

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Daily Telegraph – What a compelling title race this is. Manchester United still went ahead of one City in blue but they were held by another last night. United lead the Premier League from Manchester City on goal difference, albeit with two games in hand, but they couldn’t keep Birmingham City at bay before a baying home public at St Andrew’s.

The biters were bit. So often United have plundered late goals but here it was a team assembled by Alex McLeish, one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s former charges. Leading through Dimitar Berbatov’s eighth goal in three Premier League games, United seemed to be heading towards victory when Lee Bowyer struck late on, deserved reward for his energetic endeavour all evening. United will be furious, partly because Nikola Zigic appeared to foul Rio Ferdinand in the build up to the equaliser Pregnancy Without Pounds

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Birmingham Mail – Manchester United are set to end 2010 on top of the Barclays Premier League despite Dimitar Berbatov's goal being cancelled out by Birmingham midfielder Lee Bowyer at St Andrew's. Berbatov followed his double in the Boxing Day win over Sunderland with what looked another decisive contribution to take his tally for the campaign to 15 goals.

But Bowyer, who had scored the winner against Chelsea last month, equalised late on to lift Birmingham out of the bottom three. Darren Fletcher replaced Anderson in United's first change after 72 minutes. Birmingham defender Scott Dann was yellow carded for a late challenge on Berbatov, before Gibson was teed up by Rooney 20 yards out but sent his shot wildly off target  Full Report

Manchester Evening News – Manchester United regained top spot in the Premier League but had to settle for a point after a controversial late equaliser from Birmingham at St Andrews. In form Dimitar Berbatov opened the scoring against the stubborn home side when he started and finished a fine move after 58 minutes. But Lee Bowyer scored a 90th minute leveller despite claims for offside and handball. The point was enough to lift United back above Manchester City on goal difference. The Blues had briefly gone top after their win over Aston Villa.

Top of the pile or not, an away record that boasts only one victory in eight – at Stoke – is not the form of champions. And the fact the Reds are top will be cold comfort to Ferguson, who thought he had stamped out the defensive lapses that cost points at Fulham and Everton earlier in the campaign – not to mention so nearly at Stoke. How costly the draw will prove in the long run remains to be seen. United remain undefeated in the league – stretching that club record from the start of the season to 18 games. Full Report

Birmingham CityFoster, Johnson, Carr, Dann, Ridgewell, Beausejour (Zigic 81), Gardner, Bowyer, Ferguson, Larsson (Hleb 69), Jerome (Phillips 85)  GOAL Bowyer 89m

Manchester United – van der Sar, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Gibson (Hernandez 90), Carrick, Anderson (Fletcher 73), Giggs, Rooney, Berbatov  GOAL Berbatov 58m

Should United fans be satisfied with this point or rue the two that got away?

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  1. cockney red says:

    It’s that slight difference between scoring a goal in the last minute, and going to sleep in the last minute, that is the mark of champions.

    Statistics about being top at christmas are comforting, but Citeh have us in their crosshairs. Remember, they were top of the table for a few hours today, too. How many of our ageing squad would get on man sh*tty’s team sheet? Rooney, maybe – back when he could score. Berbatov, probably.

    With city’s wholesale squad changes, it was always a case of if they could gel in time to mount a serious challenge. It looks like they could, and they will.

    Call me a glory hunter if you like, but I didn’t choose utd over city to be on the losing end. But that’s the way I feel the balance of power is tipping. City fans are getting all the joy of success, and they’re not even that interested in it. Being a bunch of losers is thier raison d’etre.

    Maybe the two sets of fans should swap teams, so citeh’s fans can continue to follow a bunch of bankrupt losers.

  2. Frank Scicluna says:

    Your frustration comes through cockney red and it’s understandable. Once you calm down however you will come to realise that despite our “ageing squad” and what you call “a bunch of bankrupt losers” United are anything but. They are still undefeated with one game remaining before the half way mark of the season while everyone else has been beaten at least four times, have scored more goals than anyone and have lost six fewer points than City. Sorry mate but I find it impossible to agree with your view that the balance of power is tipping – far from it.

  3. Jay lufc says:

    I’m a Leeds fan, not here to abuse or anything, my Mate is a sc…….Manchester united fan, sorry old habits die hard, I can totally seeyour frustration, unbeaten is all well and good, but last night I don’t believe It was a point gained, definitly two points lost, your team aren’t the same man united from years back, fergie has bought and I think failed, signing Rooney on a £250,000 I think has alienated the squad, Rooney isn’t that good tbh, my mate isn’t a big fan, n one man doesn’t make a team, we thought without jermaine beckford would be cattled, but its working out,

  4. Jay lufc says:

    I the k Rooney should go, personally, berbatov, ok getting the goals but an average player with mean first touch!

    Good luck for the season and I have to leave the page on a sour note because Iv Been rather nice……

    JANUARY 3rd!! REMEMBER THAT DAY……

    All the best guys

  5. Frank Scicluna says:

    I don’t want to get into a debate about your comments Jay lufc because you have been very civil for a Leeds United fan BUT Berbatov is certainly NOT an “average player with a mean first touch” as you put it. He is a great player with the absolute best first touch in the Premier League. Can you nominate anyone better?

  6. Jay lufc says:

    Berbatov for me just doesn’t cut it at man united. You paid about 15 mil too much for him. His first touch is class, but you cant honestly say you’ve been satisied with berbatov? 32 mil for a striker that never really looks interested, under performs regularly? obviously at Leeds I’d love him, but for u guys he just doesn’t cut it for me, by the way i found this webpage because It came up on news now Leeds united, I don’t have a habit of looking at man united forums ect, lol.

    I

  7. Jay lufc says:

    I can think of people who would score goals for u, n let’s face it, that’s what ya want, hernandez is great business, he is a star in the making that boy, pace, skill, finishin, gonna be great.

    But personally I think signing berbatov was a thing city should of done, because you could of got someone more clinical than berba, lets face it, Torres was 22mil, n when torres is on form who would you rather hav?? As much as he is a scouse c**t? It has to be torres. Citybare gonna do fuck all, n I hate teams that try by there way to te top!!

  8. Jay lufc says:

    Ignore the spelling!! My phone trips out!

  9. Frank Scicluna says:

    You are more than welcome here Jay irrespective of how you came across this site. Granted, there are Manchester United fans who do not appreciate Berba but remember, the 32 mil was none of his doing. Does it bother me that he does not look interested? Not in the slightest as long as he performs his magic.

    Does he regularly under perform? Premier League leading goal scorers at the half way stage of the season are not exactly “under performers” are they? Hope you can welcome Berbatov at Elland Road in the Premier League next season.

  10. Jay lufc says:

    I’m sure we will, haha.
    That is a good argument, and my reply can only be, 8 in 2 games, yes that’s unbelievable, but that’s only 6 more goals in quite a bit of football, which obviously isn’t the greatest.

    We have a good young manager in Grayson, 11 games unbeaten now, first season in the championship, I’m loving it, but arsenal are gonna tear us a new one. Wouldn’t want another cup run, I would rath

  11. Jay lufc says:

    Rather January the 3rd hadn’t happened if we hadn’t got promoted. We became a bigger scalp for league one clubs last year after that, just glad we made it.

    Anyways good luck for the season ahead, forgive me for being less friendly about yourselves in elland road than here, but it’s all in fun.
    Have a good new year. MOT

  12. Frank Scicluna says:

    “it’s all in fun” well said mate, that’s what football is all about. See you in the Premier League and have a great New Year

  13. Tom Addison says:

    Dirty Leeds, dirty dirty Leeds. I actually miss them you know, it’ll be good to get the rivalry going again. And revenge will be on the menu for next season, a dish best served cold.

  14. Jay lufc says:

    Let’s hope the good ol’ days at elland road return.

    Hopefully see you next year.

    Jay

  15. Jay lufc says:

    Yeah. Look out for us next year, we have the two best away support in England I reckon

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