Wednesday 13 May 2015

May: The run-in!

The final month of the season began with a Saturday tea time fixture at home to Tony Pulis' West Bromwich Albion as the Reds looked to return to winning ways following two consecutive away defeats.
Despite a dominant performance and a whole host of chances- including a Robin Van Persie penalty save-  the Reds are thwarted  by Baggies keeper Boaz Myhill in the game of his life and the Reds go down to a third successive loss through to a Chris Brunt free-kick that deflects in off Jonas Olsson.

Next up was a trip to Crystal Palace, and, after Juan Mata puts United ahead from the spot, Jason Puncheon equalises before Maroaune Fellaini heads a crucial late winner to leave the Reds on the brink of a return to the Champions League. 

That put the Reds seven points clear of Liverpool, who were then held to a 1-1 draw at champions Chelsea the next day, meaning United were all but ensured a top four finish.

There was still a slim chance of a top three finish ahead of Arsenal's trip to Old Trafford for United's final home match of the season, but after Ander Herrera's first half goal, a late own goal from the unfortunate Tyler Blackett earned the Gunners a point, who stayed two points ahead of the fourth placed Reds with a game in hand.

We'll update this section of our review once the season out- but for now, sit back, smile at the league table and toast our return to the top table of European football.

Finally, a shout out to Warren Joyce and the Under 21s who beat City 4-0 last night  to move to the brink of their league title.... good to see the natural order of things restored!

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