With all the talk of winning the title at the Emirates, the altogether sweeter prospect of winning it at home is now very real for Manchester United. With Tottenham Hotspurs winning an absolute cracker of a game against the Blue side of Manchester, the number is 3 points - 3 points separate United from regaining their title, and become Champions again.
Aston Villa, of course, merit mention. They are an exciting young team with the sensational Christian Benteke playing up front, and are in a fight for their lives at the other end of the table. With problems against Andy Carroll, the United defense may just find the big Belgian an altogether smoother beast. One feels he will be a key player for the visitors. Another of their mercurial players, Gabriel Agbonlahor is in a fight to be fit for the tie. Villa are an exciting team, but an inconsistent one - both qualities down to the youth of their first team. All things said, they will be up against it when United come out at home gunning for that title so cruelly lost last year.
From United's perspective, the opposition is immaterial. They will want that win, want that title. It's been a long campaign for the standout Michael Carrick and Robin Van Persie, as seen last time out against West Ham, but one expects them to be refreshed for the occasion. Sir Alex would no doubt have planned to rest at least one of Wayne Rooney and Van Persie - and he still could. One feels, however, that the result from White Hart Lane might just affect his team selection. Expect the strongest line-up United can field, with maybe just a couple changes up front.
Against the energetic Londoners, Tom Cleverly might be in line for a recall after some time out . The defense is due a shake-up with Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand playing back-to-back games last week - expect Phil Jones to step back or a return to action for Jonny Evans and/or Chris Smalling.
To be completely honest, my mind isn't working. All I can think about is winning the title tomorrow - emphatically. Feel free to sound off about the day's result here. Here's to singing Championes come Monday night!