Christmas period for last season’s Double winners. 1.United 18/38, 3.Arsenal 19/36, 4.Chelsea 19/34.
Four wins out of five games proves a great haul for United with a draw at Spurs also considered a good result. The comeback win at Blackpool in a rearranged fixture is vital for keeping Sir Alex’s side on track for glory. Arsenal are starting to look the biggest threat as Wenger’s team fail to concede a goal throughout the month, despite being held by City at the Emirates. Dropped points at home to Villa and a shock defeat at Wolves sees Chelsea lose further ground. 1.United 23/51, 2.Arsenal 23/46, 4.Chelsea 23/41.
United’s unbeaten record is finally ended at Wolves but the response is positive with Wayne Rooney’s wonder-goal settling the Manchester derby and Wigan hit for four at the DW Stadium. Arsenal collect 10 points from 12 but should have a full house after incredibly surrendering a 4-0 lead at Newcastle. Chelsea slip to fifth, albeit with games in hand on their rivals, following a home reverse to Liverpool and goalless draw at neighbours Fulham. 1.United 27/60, 2.Arsenal 27/56, 5.Chelsea 26/45.
The league is blown open as the Reds lose tough away games at Chelsea and Liverpool but Dimitar Berbatov’s late winner for ten-man United against Bolton is priceless. Arsenal fail to really capitalise with draws against Sunderland and West Brom but Chelsea, galvanised by the 2-1 success over United, end the month with maximum points after defeating Blackpool and City. 1.United 30/63, 2.Arsenal 29/58, 3.Chelsea 29/54.
United show title-winning form at the perfect time with three wins and a draw at Newcastle but it’s not easy as a two-goal deficit needs to be overturned at West Ham and Javier Hernandez leaves it late to sink Everton. A draw at Stoke looks to have ended Chelsea’s challenge but five wins on the spin propels the Blues back onto United’s coat-tails while Arsenal stutter badly with Blackpool their only three points and a defeat at Bolton virtually seals their fate. 1.United 34/73, 2.Chelsea 35/70, 3.Arsenal 34/64.
A May Day defeat for United at the Emirates leaves everything in the melting pot again but Sir Alex’s charges pull out all the stops to triumph 2-1 in what is effectively a title decider against Chelsea at Old Trafford. Ancelotti