So the frustrating point gained at Newcastle proved to be a valuable one after all as title chasers Arsenal dropped another two at Tottenham tonight. Football is a game of inches and as Sir Alex Ferguson knows so well, each one gets you that much closer to the finishing line. United are now back to where they started prior to the visit to St James’ Park with the added advantage of being one game closer to the record Championship which everyone at Old Trafford craves so much.
Sure, Chelsea have replaced the Gunners in second place but a six point advantage over both with just five matches remaining is a position that every United fan would have killed for back in August. While everyone has bemoaned the number of drawn matches which could have been won during the season, a share of the points with Chelsea and Arsenal in two of the remaining fixtures will do just fine as long a Everton, Blackburn and Blackpool are beaten along the way.
At the end of the day it’s not the number of wins and draws that count, it’s all about collecting more points than your rivals over a 38 match season and so far, United have been doing that very nicely. Bring on number 19.
Are you still disappointed with the two points dropped at Newcastle?