It is not often that you come away from a victory with an empty feeling inside of you. However that is what every United fan feels like. With Manchester City beating Newcastle by two goals to nil earlier in the day courtesy of a brace from Yaya Toure, Manchester United needed a minor miracle to stop the Premier League trophy heading across the city. Either a humongous goal swing or QPR holding City at the Ethiad next week. Lets be honest, the chances of that is very very slim.
Goals from Paul Scholes and Ashley Young meant United stay level on points with their neighbours, but if we had burried all of our chances, maybe the goal difference would have been a lot slimmer. Because believe it or not, we could have won this game by a big margin. Seven or eight. However poor finishing cost us today. Chief suspect being Chicarito, who hasn't performed anywhere near his best this season. Rooney too was guilty in the second half. His touch and build up play was alot better than it has been in recent games, yet he squandered a very easy chance by his standards in the second half as he pulled his shot wide.
United started brightly, pressing Swansea high up the pitch, who missed Leon Britton in the first half. And the goal came just before the half hour. Antonio Valencia beat his man on the right, teed up Micheal Carrick who shot goal wards. Paul Scholes flicked the ball home with his heel. He did not celebrate. Rightfully so, because lets be honest, unless City screw up in a big way, the goal hardly matters.
We could have had a second right away. Javier Hernandez came steaming in yet could not provide a finish from the cross from the left. Halftime approached but United grabbed their second. Rooney's shot was blocked, yet it fell to the impressive Ashley Young who coolly slotted home with a trademark curling finish.
After the break United continued to press. Leon Britton came on for Swansea and he certainly calmed them in possession. And Nathan Dyer came closest for them. He should have scored, yet after shifting the ball onto his right foot in the box, he blazed high and wide. At the other end, Chicarito continued his poor finishing, and Wayne Rooney was hauled off after being harshly booked, his first of the Premier League season. That gave Dimitar Berbatov the chance for a final appearance at Old Trafford in United colours. And he almost grabbed an assist after playing a delightful ball for Tom Cleverley. Yet the young midfielder, who replaced Paul Scholes, could not get a solid foot and Michel Vorm saved.
And so it ended 2-0. City earlier were held for 70 minutes, yet Yaya Toure came up trumps for them after he was moved further up field. The result of which means that the title is surely headed to the Ethiad after a fantastic title race where both teams feel like they should have won it before now.
Yes, that makes me feel sick too.