It’s going to be one heck of a Christmas for Ji-sung Park. No socks or dodgy aftershave under the tree for him this year. His great friend Patrice Evra has promised to buy him a car!
Why, I hear you ask? Well that’s Ji’s reward for the cross which Patrice headed past Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi, to score his first goal for three and a half years. Now it’s possible that Pat was only joking when he made this rather rash offer but we have it on tape at MUTV so it might turn out to be an expensive Yuletide for the Frenchman!
What a crazy weekend it was in the Barclays Premier League (again). Various results tell me we're in for a thrilling title race now, with Chelsea, Arsenal, United, Spurs and, yes, City all genuinely capable of being league champions next May.
I didn’t think we were particularly impressive again on Saturday but how can you argue against a 27-game unbeaten run? Not playing well and being top of the table is a pretty good sign. You would have been incredulous had I had told you at Villa Park with ten minutes to go that we’d be level on points with Chelsea seven days later. But we’re there, we will get better and when we do, we’ll have an outstanding chance of winning a 19th title. A fit and firing Rooney allied to more Mexican magic from Chicharito will surely stand us in good stead.
Before the next slice of domestic drama, we’re off to Glasgow for a tasty cross-border skirmish in the Champions League. I was up there last week to do some filming with Paddy Crerand about his early life growing up in the city. We had a great time visiting his old school, the Gorbals and Celtic Park. So many people came up to him and described him as the best passer they’d ever seen. Needless to say, not too many people will be saying that to him at Ibrox this week!
Paddy is also taking charge of the United supporters' team for a match against their Rangers counterparts on Wednesday afternoon. Let’s hope the Gers fans don’t adopt the same 5-5-0 formation that the senior team did at Old Trafford!