RVP Will Fire Man U to Title Glory By Kevin Rooney – (no relation to Man U’s Rooney!) SIR Alex Ferguson was a wounded animal last summer after seeing near-neighbours Manchester City scoop the title in the dying minutes of the season before. And to make matters worse, City won it on goal difference. SAF vowed such a scenario would not happen again. In Robin Van Persie, Man U have the difference between title success and title failure. The Dutchman made it 17 for the season when he popped home United’s opener in the 2-1 win over Liverpool today. [caption id="attachment_35512" align="alignright" width="160"] Man U – on their way to the top.[/caption] Whilst in the end United limbered over the line against Liverpool, come May time nobody at Old Trafford will be concerned about how they did it, just that they did. United’s victory heaped even more pressure on the reigning champions Manchester City who visited Arsenal in the 4pm kick-off. And when referee Mike Dean awarded an early penalty and dismissed Laurent Koscielny, City never looked back and recorded a comfortable 2-0 win. The gap at the top is seven points and my hunch is City will close the gap but not enough to retain the title. What Man U have this season is hunger and desire throughout the team and RVP is the stand-out player who just keeps popping them in. An interested spectator at Old Trafford today was Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho. Mourinho was on a spying mission ahead of the titanic clash between United and Real in the Champions League next month. Our old friend Jose is going through a tough time at the Bernabeu what with Barcelona running away with La Liga. Mourinho has also had to deal with the internal politics of Real. Senior players have been in revolt and star goalkeeper Iker Casillas has been unceremoniously dropped. One is expecting Mourinho to be handed his P45 in the summer. Even Champions League success at Wembley in May would probably not save him. Expect Jose to go to PSG in France ahead of the 2013/2014 season and then it will only be a short journey across the English Channel back to the Premier League. And that will just be in time to take the reigns at Old Trafford. Fergie isn’t going anywhere just yet folks!
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