Sir Alex Ferguson’s teams simply do not lose three successive Premier League matches, at least that’s what the history books show. The last time it happened was in December 2001, the season that Bolton Wanderers ended a four year Premier League exile. Despite a number of injuries for Saturday’s visit by Bolton, United are still warm favourites to get back to the winners list following defeats at Stamford Bridge and Anfield. The history books also show however that when Bolton came to Old Trafford upon their return a decade ago they caused one of the biggest boilovers of the season by taking all three points off the champions in a shock 2-1 upset.
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 dugout 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.
Thoughts of what might have been can often cross the mind. Watching former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan score crucial goals in both semis and the final for Athletico Madrid which took the Europa Cup to Spain made one wonder whether the title race may have taken a different turn had he been available to partner Wane Rooney at Old Trafford this season.