And we thought it was all over.
Alex Ferguson – thinks Newcastle can win on Sunday
When Manchester City beat Manchester United 1-0 last Monday night, to get the double over their Manchester neighbors, they went top of the league on goal difference.
The conventional wisdom was that whoever won the derby game, would win the Premier League, which we always thought that was nonsense.
First of all Manchester City are vising St. James’ Park on Sunday in their next game to face a vibrant Newcastle side, who shocked everybody on Wednesday night with their resilient performance to win 2-0 at Chelsea, for the first time since 1986.
And the other finalists at the FA Cup on Saturday – Liverpool – also lost at home 1-0 to Fulham on Tuesday night, who had never ever won at Anfield, so that both finalists go to Wembley on the back of a rare loss against clubs they nearly always beat.
Newcastle are now a full 16 points above the high spending Liverpool side, and it’s hard to see how Kenny Dalglish can keep his job for next season, with so many poor signings under his belt – £116M of poor signings..
Alex Ferguson still has hope of winning the Premier League, and is banking on Newcastle stopping Manchester City in their tracks:
“By the time we kick off we’ll know what we’ll need to do. Newcastle are fighting for that position in the top four. They have a chance. It’s an exciting end to the season.”
“The challenge for City is to win at Newcastle and Newcastle are playing very well. They’ve lost 4-0 at Wigan but galvanised themselves to win at 2-0 Chelsea on Wednesday night. Their form is good and it won’t be an easy game for City.”
“Newcastle, as we know, is a very difficult place to go to and they’re playing well.” “As everyone knows, winning at Chelsea is a very difficult job. We had not done it for eight years, so Newcastle’s form is good and it will not be an easy game.”
“We’ll be aware of the game going on before ours. You can’t avoid it. We still have to prepare for our game, though. We won’t neglect our preparation for our game.”
Sunday’s game will be Newcastle’s last game of what had been a truly remarkable season, in which the Magpies have already racked up an impressive 19 wins in their 36 games, and they also have 15 clean sheets.
Newcastle are on a hot streak of 7 wins in 8 games and 6 clean sheets, and it will be the icing on the cake for Newcastle if we can beat Manchester City on Sunday afternoon, in front of a packed St. James’ Park.
Just think of what the atmosphere would be if Newcastle, win to end the home campaign of what has been an astonishing come-back season for the Magpies.
We don’t know if Newcastle can win this game, but that’s what they will be trying to do, and the Geordie fans there will be there wishing their side to victory – as always.
A nine foot tall bronze statue of the revered Bobby Robson will be unveiled at the Stadium just three hours before kick-off – just in case our players need a little more inspiration.
But a win will keep Newcastle in the hunt for a Champions League place, and will raise their profile even higher in world football.
That’s what we are hoping for, and it’s hard to think our current side cannot do it – since they have been so magnificent this season.
Howay The Lads!!