In sharp contrast, United are bouncing after a tip-top midweek. After bagging three points against Stoke, Sir Alex and his troop put their feet up, sat back and watched as City strangled a point out of Arsenal, Chelsea froze at Wolves and Spurs slipped up at Goodison.
While United are smiling if not totally shining at the summit, a lot of fans, pundits and journos are questioning the quality of this season's Barclays Premier League. That debate can be put on hold for the weekend though as the FA Cup takes over, with Sunday's tie at Old Trafford an occasion to savour. Going by the form book, Sir Alex's men are already in the fourth round draw. If only it were that simple. This will be a test of character as much as footballing ability. And while I don't claim to be a timelord or a fortune teller, I can make some guarantees: on Sunday, there'll be goals, there'll be cards and there'll be stress. Grow your nails extra long just in preparation and let's hope the right team end up kissing the camera.
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