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Magic Rooney

Nice goal, Wayne! And well deserved. Let’s take a step back and reflect on the last 6 month or so. At the World Cup, sent home by the Germans, in a game that actually wasn’t a real competition (at least not in the second half). Back in England, no form, trouble with his wife and taking a seat on the bench and sometimes not even that. For a superstar like Wayne Rooney, that is quite a bummer. While it is tragic to lose form and edge because of being overplayed, the real trouble was self inflicted. Let’s not discus what that exactly was, I think those that read this, will know what I mean (if not, email me and I will explain).

Sir Alex did the right thing and took him out of the line of fire as good as possible. The first half of the season went down, more or less, without Rooney. Yes he played, but it wasn’t the Rooney we all know that was on the field. There was even speculation that he might leave United. Over the past few games however, Rooney clearly found his form back. He ran, fought and tried, no question. He did it in a way that grew confidence that at some point, he will be the Rooney we all knew. After today’s game and the great goal, I think Wayne is back! And, as stated above, he deserves to be back. He messed up, he took the punishment, he tried again and he came back. And I will add, he also found that luck is smiling at him again. Nani’s cross got a little hit by a defender, sailed right into the position he needed and he got the luck you need, when you try such a shot. Wayne is back!

Looking all good for ManU after today’s win. Man City off the back, at least for a while, Wayne is back and confidence is increasing. Let’s forget the “pathetic” performance from last week. Such can happen. If you win a game as the one today, then last week is forgiven. Looking ahead, it all looks good. Yes, there are some difficult games coming up, but that counts for all of the contenders.

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Derby time in Manchester!

We all look forward to the most exciting game of the soccer world this weekend. Derby time in Manchester, with United and City facing off at Old Trafford. This game is an explosive matter, not only in Manchester. While for United and City supporters the bragging rights are at stake, for the teams in the top 5 this can have a major influence on the championship. Just imagine United is going to lose this game. They just lost the first game of the season last week, and now again? They can say what they want, there is some major psychological pressure at work. Well, not that City shows up completely free of pressure. They need to demonstrate that they are worth all the money spend on them, finally. A loss, and the champions league qualification is in danger and that is the last thing they can afford. Considering all of that, let’s hope there is an early goal. Otherwise we might only see a boring 0-0 kick.

Arsenal and Chelsea should win their games. Wolves and Fulham should not stand in their way while chasing United and City. Spurs job in Sunderland is a little more difficult. Somehow, I am under the impression that Spurs can run out of gas at any time. Especially since Liverpool got rid of their crisis and with a win against Wigan can further bolster their new won confidence. They are a new contender for 5th place, no doubt.

The most interesting game on the bottom of the table takes place between West Brom and West Ham. If the Londoners can manage a win, they will pass West Brom and possibly catapult themselves out of the relegation zone, at least for a few days. Birmingham against Stoke is another interesting game. Birmingham is in need of a win in this one. Otherwise the pressure for their make-up games is going to increase and that’s not something McLeish is shooting for.

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