Crazy, crazy football season, isn't it?
Nobody wants the easy way out.
There are valuable league positions up for grabs—first, third, fourth and 18th, to name four—but no one seems to want them.
Look at the title race over the past few weeks. Manchester City, who have led the league for most of the season, suddenly decided to have a wobble. In a crazy run between March 11th and April 8th, they dropped as many as 10 points in five games, losing two and drawing two, thereby handing over the initiative and the lead to Manchester United.
United, being the Good Samaritans they are, decided to repay the favor immediately. In a kamikaze run of their own between April 11th-30th, they dropped eight points from four games, losing at Wigan and most bizarrely throwing away a 4-2 lead at home against Everton, with seven minutes remaining on the clock.
I say "most bizarrely" from a United perspective, of course. Being an Arsenal fan, I see that sort of thing happen every other week!
And so, with one game to go, our mutually generous league finds itself looking like this. City are level on points with United, but with a superior goal difference of as many as eight goals, they find themselves holding all the aces.
If they win their last game at home to Queens Park Rangers, the Premier League trophy will reside in the blue areas of Manchester for the first time since 1968, irrespective of almost any result that Manchester United have against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. I really don't see them winning by a margin of nine goals, so let's not even go there.
Seems straight-forward enough for the Citizens, doesn't it?
Not for me though. Somehow, something in me says that come next Sunday, Manchester United will be lifting their 20th league title. Want to know why? Read on, then.