Barclays Premier League: Manchester United feeling home-sick

Manchester United are may be victims to homesickness these days, as for their fourth away game in the Premier League, they still could not win, and as the previous 3, the 4th one as well ended in a disappointing draw this time against Sunderland.It was almost a bis-repetition of the Champions League game in midweek, but this time no goal by Chicharito to save them, as Sunderland gave United a really hard-time in the first 45 minutes, and the duo Owen-Macheda barely threatened Sunderland throughout this first half, with United being forced to defend deep, while Van Der Sar made some important saves to keep the Black Cats at bay. It was really a stupid decision from Sir Alex to leave Berbatov and Hernandez on the bench for kickoff, as the introduction of these two in the second half did wake up United, and the former even had a goal ruled out correctly for offside. Bebe was given his Premier League ‘Christening’ as well for this match, but in the end neither team could score the decisive goal, and the game ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

Questions will indeed be asked about Fergie’s line-up for this game, as with Rooney supposedly injured, it should have been logical to at least line-up Berbatov in the starting 11 given the recent draws in the previous 3 away games. Today’s draw now gives Chelsea the chance to run further clear ahead if they win their match tomorrow against Arsenal, and losing precious points could prove to be costly for United at the end of the season, and also given that they still have to play against big teams likes Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City, Spurs amongst others vying for a place in the top 4 at the end of the season.

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