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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.

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Flashback: United v Birmingham 2002


When Manchester United travel to St Andrews on Tuesday night it will be on the eight anniversary of the first meeting between the two clubs since Birmingham City’s first ever season in the Premier League. It took place at Old Trafford on December 28, 2002 with manager Steve Bruce facing Sir Alex Ferguson in the dugouts for the first time since his departure as a United legend. He was to get no joy however as United took the points with a hard fought victory.

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Blackpool fiasco is a blot on the Premier League


The big freeze may have cost Manchester United it’s place at the top of the table simply because Blackpool’s 110 year old Bloomfield Road Stadium is the only one in the Premier League not equipped with an undersoil heating system. The disruption and inconvenience caused by that postponement should not be acceptable in this day and age. United and its fans happened to be the ones to suffer this weekend but it could have just as easily been any other club.

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