Football FanCast guest columnist Pete McCann hopes that Sir Alex sends Manchester United out on the offensive this weekend.
Our record against the top four teams has been shocking of late and why a United fan won’t grumble, (we are still lifting titles) it is something that I feel we need to address this season, especially with the race for the title shaping up to be the tightest in years. We really need to start turning the tide in these games and get some points against them on the board.
A few of us was talking about the reasons for it, in the hope of finding out why we have stumbled against them of late and the general consensus was that we have been showing them far too much respect, a trait we never use to possess. If you assess our performances last season in those particular games, or the Champions League final for that matter we just seemed tentative going forward and unwilling to attack. Whether Sir Alex was concerned about the frailties in our defence and wanted the midfield to simply sit back is unknown, but once again that isn’t a part of our make-up of the players, or suits their style at all. Fletcher let’s be honest is the only one capable of providing that defensive barrier, until such time that Hargreaves is fit to return.
Our trip to the Bridge at the weekend is rightly being billed as a game of great significance and my view it is one we really need to get something from. Chelsea have started the season like a train and built up great momentum, especially at home, and a team really needs to knock them off their perch. We cannot afford to sit back against them, especially with the way they are playing as an attacking force therefore my PLEA to Sir Alex Ferguson is to not sit back at all and attack from the very start of the game. We really need to fight fire with fire here, to get a win that will prove a huge psychological blow to not only the Blues, but the rest of our title rivals.