As Jose Mourinho bemoaned his side's inability to break down the stubborn rearguard of a West Ham team not normally known to put up much resistance ,he must be worried sick that the self-proclaimed special one is about to find out that he is anything but that.
Fates have determined that he has two pay two visits to the Etihad ,in both league and cup,to face a City side whose rampant form has seen them fail to drop a single point on home territory since the start of the season.
Chelsea already trail the leaders by three points which will be doubled if he comes a cropper,so how does he approach this titanic envounter ?
Does he play safe with a defensive tactical formation already employed with some success at Old Trafford and the Emirates where the Londoners drew 0-0 on each occasion,or go for broke and try and wipe out that lead and strike a psychological blow ahead of the FA Cup fifth round tie to follow.?
Where is this of interest to United and their followers?
Well,firstly we have to do our stuff at Stoke ,thus reducing Chelsea's lead on us to seven points.If we accept that we are realistically out of the title chase,a City win will leave us within striking distance of the top three,depending on Liverpool's result of course.
This would probably be the best scenario for us as we attempt launch a concerted effort to break into the top four by May.It can be done even though it's a tall order with 15 games still to play.