Manchester United: My Birthday Wish-List for the Remainder of the Season
Manchester United were eight points clear atop the English Premier League table and cruising. They weren't being troubled in attack, they weren't being threatened in defense and they looked to have the title in the bag.
But, as we all know, April didn't quite go as expected for the Red Devils, who not only blew their lead, but also their first place standing in the EPL.
Title No. 20 isn't completely out of the equation just yet, though. United is going to need every bit of luck over the next few weeks if they are to reclaim the top spot.
So with my 21st Birthday looming for Sunday, and my hopes of a Red Devils premiership hanging in the balance, here's everything that I'd love to see happen over the remainder of the English Premier League season.
My Manchester United, birthday wish-list.
I Wish... for Phil Jones to Start Ahead of Rafael
Sir Alex Ferguson finally made the right decision by playing Phil Jones and not Rafael in defense against Manchester City, but in reality, the decision came a month too late.
Rafael's attacking qualities are superb; his defensive qualities not so much, which as a defender, are quite necessary to have,
Jones won't offer the same push going forward, but he will build a more stable platform at the back, which should see United's defense step it up for the remainder of the season.
I Wish... for a Healthy Nemanja Vidic
Losing in the UEFA Champions League to FC Basel hurt, but nowhere near the amount that it hurt to lose Nemanja Vidic for the season.
United's defense simply isn't the same without him.
Vidic to suddenly return from injury would feature quite high on my wish-list.
I Wish... for 5 More Wayne Rooney Goals
In the last few months, I'd say that Wayne Rooney has played in career-best form.
He has led from the front brilliantly all season and with 26 goals next to his name, has proved his worth to to United's attack.
Five more goals would not only see Manchester United take six points from their remaining two matches, but may also see Rooney finish with the Golden Boot Award for 2012.
Surely, a fitting reward for such an excellent player.
I Wish... for Swansea and Sunderland to Realise They're Mid-Table
With just two fixtures remaining for the season, and United desperately needing to claim all possible six points, Swansea and Sunderland hold the key for the Red Devils' chance at glory.
I desperately wish that both sides would realize the position that they're in.
They're mid-table, with nothing to play for in terms of tournament qualification.
So, ideally, they'll roll over nice and easily for United, and won't offer too much resistance offensively.
I'd also love them to not play too hard and give the Red Devils any more injury problems.
I Wish... for Newcastle to Win
No hiding this one—I desperately wish for Newcastle United to defeat Manchester City.
If Manchester United are to take out the league title, they'll need Newcastle to take down the Citizens and give them the premiership lead in the process.
City have had their road troubles this season, and Newcastle shapes as one of the toughest places to travel to at the present time.
The Toon will be looking for Champions League qualification for next season and would be in a great position should they take three points from their home match here.
I think I speak on behalf of all Manchester United fans when we say that Newcastle would do us the biggest favor in recent history should they defeat Manchester City.
I Wish... for Title No. 20
This would be the big-wish of them all—for Manchester United to win their 20th English Premier League title.
Their hunt for the premiership isn't completely out of the question, but it is certainly made a lot tougher with their recent loss to Manchester City.
I'd happily swap any of the above wishes for the title, and I'm sure that would be the overall wish for every Red Devils fan.
After all, you do have to be nice to me on my birthday.