Bolton Wanderers come to Old Trafford on March 19 then Manchester United will have the luxury of a full 14 days before having to play again. Why? Because there’s one of those dreaded international weeks scheduled in between. Now I despise hypocrisy whether it’s in football or life itself, I have always intensely disliked these sorts of interruptions to the Premier League but I’m now going to admit to being a total hypocrite myself by welcoming the coming break in the race for the title.
The reason is obvious to everyone, Manchester United is currently going through a worrying slump which needs to be arrested. Not only have three of the last five league matches resulted in defeats but up to ten key members of the squad have also been sidelined with injuries. On top of that, fatigue appears to have set in following the recent run of consecutive away fixtures.
With eight matches remaining after the Bolton visit, the break could not have come at a better time for Sir Alex Ferguson to get his team to regroup before setting out to finish off the job of regaining the title.
So yes, while I have vehemently argued against the pointless nature of these international weekends in the past, I happily confess to being a hypocrite in this instance. Can anyone blame me?
Do you expect Sir Alex to steady the ship after the international break?