Reds tantalisingly close to reserve title
Posted by nickogs20 on April 20, 2010
As we move into the final few weeks of the season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reserve side need just one point to clinch the Barclays Premier Reserve League North title, and may even be crowned champions before they next set foot on the pitch.
United took a decisive step towards sealing top spot in the division last week with a hard-fought 1-0 win over their only challengers Liverpool, who prior to that encounter were well in touch, only six points behind and with two games in hand. The Reds’ win at Moss Lane seemed to knock the stuffing out of the Merseysiders however and a 3-1 defeat away to Burnley on Friday night has now left John McMahon’s men nine points behind with only three games remaining.
With a goal difference advantage of eleven over Liverpool, the title looks to essentially be in the bag for United’s second string, but the i’s and t’s still need to be dotted and crossed before the silverware can be dished out. Solskjaer’s men will have the chance to do the honours themselves when they play Wigan Athletic at Robin Park next Monday (or three days later against Burnley at Turf Moor if needs be), but with Liverpool taking on Everton in a mini-derby at Tranmere’s Prenton Park tonight, the Reds may not have to wait – anything other than all three points for the Anfield side will confirm United as champions.
If all goes to plan from an MUFC perspective it will be the first Northern section title for the reserves since 2006, and they will then play-off against Southern champions Aston Villa for the national title on Wednesday May 5th. No desire to tempt fate however, near-unassailable lead or not, so we’ll leave any further discussion along those lines until the Reds are over the line. Hopefully we’ll have some happy news to pass along later this evening…