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Wayne Rooney, Alex Ferguson: Can Reds Spring a Late Surprise to Win the Title?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 06:  Wayne Rooney (L) of Manchester United and his team mates walk around the pitch with Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on 6 May 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Devil in a New DressSenior Writer IJuly 21, 2016

Yes, they can.

That's the view of Manchester United's captain Patrice Evra.

Heading into the last day of the season, United are level on points with their main rivals, Manchester City, but they have an eight-goal deficit. This, however, doesn't deter Evra. Speaking at United's pre-match press conference, he said:

Maybe people will say I'm crazy, but I still believe. I know destiny is not in our hands. If we want to keep believing in the miracle, we have to beat Sunderland.

If we score first, maybe the City fans in the stadium will start to be nervous. When you are nervous, you rush things and you don't do the things you want to do. That's why I still believe, but we must make sure we are ready against Sunderland.

 

Scenarios

– Manchester United defeat Sunderland, and City lose to QPR—United win the title.

– Manchester United draw with Sunderland, and City lose to QPR—United win the title.

– Manchester United lose to Sunderland, and City defeat QPR—City win the title.

– Manchester United draw with Sunderland, and City draw with QPR—City win the title.

– Both United and City win, and United overturns the goal deficit (eight goals plus whatever score City win by) and surpasses it—United win the title.

 

Resolve

Win or lose, Sir Alex Ferguson has reassured fans that United will not roll over to City in the summer transfer window:

Whether it is as champions or runners-up, we will be ready for it. We are certainly not going away, that's for sure. The great thing about this club is that it has an inbred discipline about what is needed to win a league. That has shown itself this season again.

They [City] are not going away. We've got ideas about where we are going in the summer and we will be ready for a challenge next year.

 

Regardless of the outcome tomorrow, United fans will certainly be hoping that this is the case.

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