Alex Ferguson did it again!
Today, the most successful coach in world football won his 35th (that's right) trophy in his 24 years at Manchester United. And, if today's match was any indication, he doesn't intend to stop at 35 trophies.
After a season where United lost the title race to Chelsea and lost prematurely in the Champions League, and a pre-season with no high-profile signings, many pundits believed Manchester United would struggle in the 2010/2011 season. Well, once again, Alex Ferguson silenced his detractors.
Manchester United beat Chelsea (last season's champions), 3-1, and showed everyone they're still the team to beat in England.
Javier "Chicarito" Hernandez came into the match for the second half and had an auspicious debut. He scored a goal and tormented John Terry. After many fans and experts questioned his signing, Hernandez showed that he's the real deal and that he'll be a key player for Manchester United.
Wayne Rooney showed glimpses of the dominating player he was in 2010. Scholes was the Man of the Match and continued to show that age simply doesn't slow him down, as he's as useful to his team today as he was 10 years ago (just like Giggs).
Nani keeps getting better and better. Berbatov might have finally started to justify his expensive signing and, even without Evra and Ferdinand, Manchester United were better than a very strong Chelsea side and deserved to win.
With this impressive performance. Manchester United sent a very clear message: They are very serious contenders for the Premier League title. Don't ever make the mistake of ruling out Alex Ferguson's squad.
However, United isn't alone in the title chase.
Even after being dominated by United today, Chelsea has reasons to be optimistic for the rest of the season; players like Drogba and Essien are still far from being in their best shape and there will probably be some new signings before the Premier League kicks off.
Besides, Carlo Ancelotti has proved before that he is one of the top coaches in the world. His resumé speaks for itself.
That said, there's every reason to believe that, despite a shaky start, Chelsea have everything it takes to defend last season's title.
If both teams manage to keep their key players fit for the whole season, you can expect the title race between the two top teams in English football to be maybe even more intense than in 2010.
Alex Ferguson versus Carlo Ancelotti: In 2010, Ancelotti managed to dethrone Ferguson. But Ferguson showed today that he intends for 2011 to be very different...
As a fan, I only have one wish: Let the games begin and may the best team win.
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