Carrick warned United’s local rivals Manchester City that Van Gaal’s side are ready to overhaul them with a grandstand finish to a testing first season under their new boss.
This is what Carrick said only about a month ago after United thrashed Tottenham at Old Trafford. The reaction of course was, “ok Michael, keep dreaming,” United had one good performance and so far this season haven’t shown the least bit of consistency. Meanwhile City have been the only team with a shot at catching Chelsea. Keep dreaming United!
Well would you look at that. Just two weeks* later and United have already overtaken City and now sit in third place just in time for the first Manchester Derby that I’m looking forward to since Carlos Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo were playing for United. United have come in finally looking like they’ve figured things out under Louis van Gaal whereas City are the complete opposite having won just four out of their last 14 games in all competitions.
A little theme here over the past month has been my clamoring for the good ol days of the Premier League. Well the top three teams are now Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester United, with City, Liverpool, and Tottenham battling for fourth place. The Premier League (of 2010) is back!!!
*Longer then two real weeks due to the international break, but two match days.
**For as bad as United have been this season and their inability to put things together, if they would just beaten lowly Swansea twice like everyone else does, they’d be sitting two points behind Chelsea. Add in that disaster match at Leicester City, and United and Chelsea would currently be in a great battle for the league title.