Heavy Is the Head That Wears the Crown
It was just over a month ago that Manchester United were proclaimed FA Cup, Premier League, and Champions League winners.
Their procession to all three titles was not only assured, it was guaranteed by the media and all the assembled football pundits. All United had to do was navigate the "nuisance" of 15 or so games until the end of the season.
However, the "nuisance" of having to actually play football against teams who thought it was a novel idea to try and win, became apparent when United lost against Liverpool and Fulham.
A narrow victory over Aston Villa, and then a pedestrian performance against Porto, and suddenly United, as Champions elect, were tripping over their own red carpet parade.
Liverpool had literally torn the the crown from United's head and were now on their own confidence fueled march to the title.
The media en masse, performed a pirouette and were now courting "the prettiest girl at the ball." Liverpool had gained momentum and steamrolled the opposition, with all guns blazing—who was their next victim?
Then, as quick as they had risen, Liverpool fell to earth, not with a bump but with a resounding crash. As Benitez picked through the pieces of their wreckage, Hiddink was installed on to the throne. Just as before, the media court jesters were entertaining a new king.
How long will Chelsea remain kings? Who knows, but the court jesters will continue their merry dance for as long as we are entertained.
As for Liverpool and United's players, they should only read the month old newspapers used to wrap fish and chips.
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