Title is still up for grabs, insists Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson, perhaps in hope rather than expectation, has declared the title race reopened going into the final seven matches of the season. Ferguson himself had shut it several times this season, going back as far as January 3, but the Manchester United manager has reconsidered on the back of seven successive league wins.
The burst of form has reduced Chelsea’s lead at the top of the Premiership from 15 points to nine. Paddy Power, the bookmaker that paid out black friday 2013 canada goose sale on a Chelsea title last October, described their position as the equivalent of “leading 3-0 with five minutes remaining” but Ferguson was sufficiently canada goose coat 1000 calorie a day meal plan confident to retract his previous statements that the gap was unassailable.
“I’ve always said football is an extraordinary game and there are always can you wash a canada goose coat surprises waiting ahead,” he said. “This weekend could be pivotal if Chelsea lose any points [at Birmingham City]. If that happens it could be a real turning point.
“We can achieve that only by winning our own games but if we close the gap to six points when we still have buy canada goose jacket cheap Chelsea to play [on April 29] then you never know. We’re playing extremely well and I’m very pleased with our form.”
United, indeed, are within six points of their title-winning tally in 1996-97 and could end up with a record points total for a team finishing runners-up. Their undoing was losing 12 points before the end of October, when Ferguson experimented unsuccessfully with a 4-3-2-1 formation.
“The Premiership is so competitive best mens canada goose jacket these days that if you lose one or two games at the start of the season you could lose the league,” said Ferguson. “But there’s no point looking back at what happened with regret because, as it stands, we can still do something about it.”
At the very least, United have shown Chelsea they can mount a sustained challenge next season, when Ferguson expects Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to challenge Ruud van Nistelrooy, Louis Saha and the emerging Giuseppe Rossi for the right to play alongside Wayne Rooney in attack.
Ferguson’s belief in Solskjaer was demonstrated yesterday when best canada goose coat for women the Norwegian striker was awarded a new two-year contract, a remarkable show of trust given his injury problems and United’s usual policy of offering one-year deals to players over the age of 30. Solskjaer has also been informed that when he retires from playing the club want him to continue at Old Trafford, either as a coach or in some kind of ambassadorial role.
The Newcastle United midfielder Emre Belozoglu, bought from Internazionale last summer for 3.8m, said yesterday that he is considering his future at the average price of canada goose jacket club just one season into a five-year contract.
“Maybe for my first year, it has been a bit difficult both for me and the team,” Emre said. “Maybe I will be here next season, 70 or 80% I will be here, because I have a five-year contract. I am not going to say I want to go because I do not have other possibilities. I am happy here. Of course I need to see who the next manager is. I don’t want to say too much as we have another seven important games.”
The Turk’s remarks will not endear him to the Tyneside public, or the hierarchy at St James’ Park, particularly as Emre, signed by Graeme Souness, is reportedly on wages of some 3m a year. But perhaps best place buy canada goose jacket toronto that was part of his plan more canadagoosejacketoutlett, and it would not be the first time a foreign canada goose coat 1000 bulbs reviews player has made such noises prior to a quick departure.
“When I joined Newcastle, I thought we could finish in the top six or even qualify for the Champions League,” Emre said. “That is how I felt when I arrived. Now it is really difficult. Now it’s impossible. But I am happy when I am in the team and I am happy in the dressing room and in the street. But in the summer, I want to think about my future for next season.”
Uefa’s chief executive Lars-Christer Olsson has insisted European football’s governing body will not be forced into talks with the G14 group of elite clubs – which include Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool. The G14 clubs have been warned they could be thrown out of their domestic leagues if they break away from existing Uefa competitions, although reports of a planned rival tournament to the Champions League have been denied.
Olsson average cost canada goose jacket also criticised the distribution of money to grass-roots football which supports the big clubs. He told the BBC: “If you take the club competitions like the Champions League, more than 80% of the money goes to the 32 participating teams in the final rounds. It is not too much to say 20% should go elsewhere.”