In a story over at the official site, Ryan Giggs reflects on how Manchester United performed against the London teams last season. Manchester United ventured into the capital five times in the league, dropping only two points in the fantastic game at newly crowned European Champions Chelsea. At Old Trafford, United did not drop a single point in the league against the London clubs. Giggsy highlights the 8-2 thrashing of Arsenal at home as particulary pleasurable.
"As a team performance you’ve got to look at the Arsenal game when you’re talking about highlights. To score eight goals against a team that has been one of our biggest rivals for so many years is something special. Our form in London – I think we won nearly every game there apart from Chelsea – was very pleasing
The full list of results can be found on the link. The other noteable results from my veiwpoint were against the big teams. The visit to Spurs later on in the season should have been a massive result (It later paled into insignificance with our inability to see out a result against a certain Liverpudlian team). The win against Old Trafford at the start of the season was impressive too!
The article on the official site points out that London has not been a great location for United to travel in recent seasons. We havn't won at Stamford Bridge in the league since before the Mourinho years for instance. So for United to only drop two points against London clubs was a nice change to the trend that has developed.
United will also have one more London club to face next season, as none were relegated and West Ham United returned after their playoff win against Blackpool on Saturday. Lets hope we have another productive season next year in the capital, with a trip or two to Wembeley to boot. (Or three, isn't the Champions League final being played there again next season?)