The Title That No-One Wants To Win?

English football season has had more than its fair share of madness this season, but the race for the title is starting to give off a hint of being the title race that no-one wins. Only one of the top three clubs in the Premier League have been able to manage all three points, and even that came at the end of a less than inspiring performance with yet another injury time winner. Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal were all long ago guaranteed their places in the Champions League, and perhaps it is this that is firing the most nervy end of season run-in for several seasons. The three matches were staggered over the course of the weekend, starting on Saturday lunchtime with a Manchester derby which failed to live up to its billing as “The Most Important Manchester Derby Ever/For Forty Years/Since The last One”. In truth, Manchester United’s performance at Eastlands was a pretty soporific one, and Paul Scholes’ injury time winner was a reward that their performance scarcely deserved. After their recent defeats at the hands of Chelsea and Bayern Munich they had, yet again this season, been written off. For all the faults of their current team, however, it is difficult to escape the feeling that they are now being propelled towards the finishing line by sheer will alone. The psychological affects of such a...

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