Step up Wayne Rooney and show your class, thank you very much. With Rooney slotting home the winner as the end of the Manchester United away match against Fulham at Craven Cottage loomed menacingly, the Red Devils opened up a 10 point lead over their closest chasers: Manchester City.
And, Chelsea lost, so it’s going to be a good day today.
Tomorrow morning (7:30AM my time here in California) I’ll wake up and watch the “game before the game” as the networks are billing it: Manchester City against Liverpool. “The game” is, of course, the Super Bowl. Which I will only be watching if I have nothing better to do, though I do always feel some pull to watch it because it is such an expectation, a social norm – it is just what is supposed to be done. But, I don’t really care about the outcome… perhaps I will root for the 49ers because they are from California.
In the game before the game, I do care about the outcome. Will City win and reduce that gap back to 7 points, will Liverpool win and keep City pointless, will the two sides draw? I don’t really want either team to win… but since there will be points awarded at the end no matter what, I think I’m leaning towards a City loss or a draw.
That is a testament to viewing City as more of a threat and definitely as the only team out of the two who has a chance of giving us any trouble on the run in this season. Gone are the days when Liverpool was challenging. I think they will turn things around in another season or two, but will they ever reclaim their past glory? Will they ever go on a run of succesful seasons like United has put together in the last 20 years? I doubt it.
But, those are thoughts for a different day. Today I’m going to bask in the glory at the top of the Premier League knowing our competition is falling away behind us. I’m going to revel in the fact that at the end of the game we had four strikers on the pitch: Rooney, Van Persie, Welbeck, and Chicharito (Javier Hernandez). I’m going to be smiling about the great saves that DeGea came up with in goal for us today and the clean sheet he was able to keep.
Yep, it’s going to be a good day.