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Despite Alan Hansen’s assertions to the contrary, Sir Alex Ferguson has proven throughout his career that it’s the little things that win Premier League titles. Expensive signings, column inches and glorious goal fests can propel you so far, but over the period of a season, if you don’t score more goals and win more games than your peers, as well as ensure your players know who’s the boss, the only thing you’re going to be lifting in May is a P45.
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Last night, Manchester United conceded early for the twelfth time this season. For the eighth time they turned it around, with two goals from a man who has caused consternation to his boss on and off the pitch with alarming regularity. Defensively they were mediocre, and Ferguson himself said that Southampton, who themselves are in the midst of an existential crisis of their own, were “the best team to play here this season” for periods in the second half.
But they won. Manchester City, who tanned themselves Cristiano-orange during their moments in the sun last season, visited QPR on Tuesday night, and played out a 0-0 draw against a team who have picked up sixteen points from a possible seventy-two. Roberto Mancini’s assertions regarding his ability to manage Mario Balotelli have been rendered redundant with the player shipping out to AC Milan – a fact that will invariably impact negatively on the manager’s reputation more than the player’s. Oh, and they’re seven points behind United and out of Europe.
Sergio Aguero’s last minute goal against QPR clinched the title for City last season. A draw wouldn’t have been enough. Little things…