Heel keep him; heel have to now. Right?

Manchester United all but reclaimed the Premier league title Wednesday as they defeated a resilient Wigan Athletic side 2-1 at the JJb Stadium.

United were made to work for their victory however as they fell behind to an early Hugo Rodallega goal and had, once again,  to rely on the impact of Carlos Tevez, before Michael Carrick sealed the win in the 86th minute.

With a single point all that is needed now from Saturday’s encounter with Arsenal at Old Trafford, the celebrations will be prepared in anticipation of a dream finish to the season for the United supporters.

Having only ever seen their side clinch the title once at Old Trafford - 10 years ago against Spurs as part of their historic treble winning effort -  United fans will be desperate to secure the top spot and celebrate in full view of Arsene Wenger and his men.

Indeed to win at home against Arsenal would be almost a dream come true for most United supporters, who, despite seemingly improving relations between the two clubs, would still more than likely relish the oportunity to rub salt into the wounds of their increasingly inferior rivals.

United were given a scare by Steve Bruce’s Wigan Wednesday though, as they looked surprisingly stagnant and lethargic in front of goal. Until the arrival of one Carlos Tevez that is.

They were made to pay defensively in the first half too when a long ball was pumped forward, isolating Nemanja Vidic and Wigan front-man Hugo Rodallega. As the two tussled, the ball became lost in the confusion, leaving both players spinning and searching in urgency. Crucially - and subject to what may have been deemed a foul  - Vidic slipped at a critical moment; handing Rodallega the advantage, and the split second he needed to spin onto the ball and rifle past Van Der Sar.

Que Carlos Tevez.

Choosing to sacrifice Anderson, Ferguson introduced his much maligned super-sub, and four minutes later United were level.

At such times, one must wonder whether or not Ferguson thinks to himself, “thank heavens for Carlos Tevez”, or laments his Argentinian headache for making the decision about whether or not to keep him harder with each passing game.

Nevertheless it was a piece of skill straight out of the Cristiano Ronaldo book of tricks that saw Tevez equalise against Wigan, as he managed to redirect Micahel Carrick’s wayward shot with a swift flick of his right heel.

And so, after Tevez had made his point, two more followed for United as a perfectly engineered chop from the left boot of Michael Carrick found the top corner of the Wigan goal, sending both the United players and their supporters into raptures.

Indeed, Carrick’s strike was so perfect, so pure even, you could almost see it being crafted by those  at the West Ham youth academy - who deserve credit for nurturing an improbably high amount of top-class English talent in the distant 1990’s.

Commenting after the game Carrick said, “to score goals as important as that is a great feeling - i had to make up for that miss in the first half, but it was worth the wait.”

And Ferguson was also understandably delighted, praising the drive and determination of his players: “They were fantastic in the second half in terms of their dtermination and not giving in. They kept going, got a little break and, at then end of the day, were the better team in the second half.

“We had to keep patient. I thought we should have had a penalty kick, but we weren’t getting anything tonight. We have done it without any help. We have done it with a fantastic second goal from Michael Carrick and a real gutsy performance.”

3 Responses to “Heel keep him; heel have to now. Right?”

  1. Steven Goran Erikkson Says:

    Why have you deleted all the comments?

  2. Matt Jones Says:

    Yeah, why have you?

  3. swji Says:

    It’s ‘Cue Carlos Tevez’ by the way. Nice puns in the title. Tabloid journalist in the making lol

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