Are you planning a lazy Sunday after the great results on Saturday afternoon? A 5-0 hammering of Birmingham at Old Trafford, Tottenham fortunate to get a last minute draw at Newcastle and best of all, watching Manchester City being brought down to earth with a fifth defeat of the season. It cannot get much better than that can it? United have lost 5 points fewer than Arsenal, 9 less than the cross town Blue pretenders while reigning champions Chelsea are 10 points worse off and Spurs appear to be out of the title race. There’s still a mighty long way to go of course and we have learned over the years that things have a habit of rapidly changing in football but for now at least, let’s enjoy the wonderful position United appear to be in and reflect on some of the best video moments of the last decade. Just click on the photo and enjoy eight minutes of magic.
Precisely what was expected, a Manchester United stroll which could have easily reached double figures. As it turned out, Dimitar Berbatov led the rout of Birmingham City with his third hat trick of the season to cement his position as the Leagues leading scorer with 17 in his 19 appearances. With United having a game in hand over its rivals and both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City again surprisingly dropping points, should United be able to dispose of Blackpool on Tuesday night the title chase may soon develop into a two horse race with Arsenal. The only disappointment in a sparkling display was the continuing inability of Wayne Rooney to find the net but his overall game suggested that he may not be far off from getting back to his explosive best.
Manchester United fans have traditionally been generous in giving former players a warm welcome whenever they return to Old Trafford with their new club. Saturday afternoon will be no different when Birmingham City goalkeeper Ben Foster comes back to his former home for the first time since his £6million transfer in the summer. And why not? Foster made a total of 23 appearances for United during the five years he spent as a red but finally decided that the only way for his career to develop was to move elsewhere.