This was my first blog, my actual piece i had to write to apply to be able to write on Bleacher
First glance at the remaining games on Manchester United’s fixture list this season and you’ll be forgiven for thinking that the Everton fixture is the easiest game remaining for United, if you take into consideration that by the time they take on Blackpool on the last day of the season Blackpool could well be already relegated from the Premiership or could have already confirmed their top flight status for another year.
Reality is that Everton are the last potential banana skin.
Everton are always a dangerous side to face at anytime of the season. They already embarrassed United earlier in the season by scoring two goals in the last minute to earn a draw.
Often overlooked by many fans as a serious threat but they do possess enough quality and skill in their ranks to beat anyone on their day. Everton go into the United game on the back of a impressive unbeaten run stretching back over seven games, which has started to put smiles back on the Evertonians faces after a largely forgetful season which has seen them live in the bottom half of the table for most of it.
Everton do have a history of providing United a stern test at the business end of the season. In 2005 a Duncan Ferguson header earned Everton a one – nil victory, officially ending United’s title challenge (This match was played on April 20th so was at the same stage of the campaign as this year’s match) In April 2007 when United were chasing their first title in four years, they travelled to Everton, just a couple of points ahead of closest rivals Chelsea. The afternoon started bad for United and only got worse later on, finding themselves two goals behind and playing poorly with only half an hour left. However after a bit of luck with a goalkeeper gaffe and an own goal by United old boy Phil Neville somehow United managed to complete an amazing comeback and won by four goals to two.
Manchester United must not take this lightly. Everton will relish the chance to trip up United on their quest for title number 19. The rivalry between the cities of Manchester and Liverpool is the fiercest in the UK.
Of course it doesn’t mean the end of the league for United if they don’t win tomorrow. If they want a smooth passage to the title then they have to beat Everton. Arsenal have a very difficult trip to Bolton on Sunday, Chelsea have a London derby with West Ham and with Chelsea still to visit United in the coming weeks this weekend could be pivotal in the title race.
Next weekend Arsenal will host Manchester United. A win against Everton tomorrow and a bad result for Arsenal and it will be a great psychological advantage for United to take down to London for the game. Anything else and it could be “squeaky bum time” for Fergie and his boys.