Can Man Utd make it treble of premier league title?
If Manchester United wins the Premiership for the third consecutive time this year, it would be the first team in English football history to achieve the feat. But there are other clubs vying for top and Sir Alex Ferguson knows the challenges ahead. Abhishek Nandwani explores.sports Updated: Feb 24, 2009 14:42 IST
This year's Premier League have now reached its halfway stage and Manchester United --the winner of premier league from last two seasons-- were at the start of the season, termed as favorites to make it 3 in a row and to become first team in English football history to do a landmark hat trick of premiership titles.
Pre season activities of Man Utd was dominated by Ronaldo transfer saga, but United somehow was able to hold on to the English player of the Year 2007 after several attempts were made from Real Madrid to snatch him away.
Last season (2007-08), Man Utd bought 4 class players in Anderson, Nani, Tevez and Hargreaves in summer transfer window but this season there was only Dimitar Berbatov on their shopping basket.
After this buy there were mixed reaction from football pundits with some saying this move will make Man utd stronger while others sounded more cynical saying Berbatov would not suit Man utd style of football.
After dozens game played this season Man Utd find themselves fourth in the standing 8 points behind Chelsea and Liverpool and 2 points behind Arsenal, and this is because they drew 1-1 with Chelsea lost to Liverpool 2-1 and also suffered another setback against Arsenal losing 2-1. Although Man Utd has one game in hand as compared to there rivals Alex Ferguson knows that it would be an uphill task to win title from this situation and almost a miracle would be needed to pull it off for Man Utd.
Chelsea's great Lampard has already said that it would be almost impossible for Man Utd to win title this year after a poor start to season but Arsenal's Manager Arsene Wenger has said that Man Utd are still not out of the title and they will give every team run for there money. Liverpool's coach Rafael Benitez has given a huge compliment to Man Utd and has said you can never write Man Utd out of the title so early because Man Utd always come good after Christmas and he will not relax until Liverpool are 20 points ahead of Man Utd.
Even Alex Ferguson and his players know that all is not lost and if they can get in right rhythm it will be difficult to other teams to beat them and history is also in favor of Man Utd as they were in similar position last year but a brilliant run from them and mistakes from there rivals handed 10th premier league crown to them.
So come next May all of us will come to know who will win the EPL and if Man Utd wins they can make a historic hat-trick or live to rue a big opportunity lost.