I’ve always thought of myself as something of an optimist when it comes to the serious business of worshiping at the altar of The Theatre of Dreams.
Don’t get me wrong I can be critical of certain players when I feel it’s warranted, I can question Sir Alex’s decisions- then apologise for being so foolish and I can scream in anguish as I watch a below par performance cost the club a precious victory.
Before almost every game I’ll be confident of a United win, in fact that’s not wholly true- before EVERY game without fail I’ll be confident of a United win- believe me I’ve got the betting losses to prove it.
Before the Chelsea game at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League, I even wrote an article entitled ‘Ten Reasons Why United Will Win Beat Chelsea’ such was my confidence- thankfully I wasn’t left removing an omlette from my face.
Approaching the game on Sunday I’m as convinced as ever that The Reds will prevail and fully expect to be celebrating a 19th title by the time the final whistle at Ewood Park blows.
However, even I’m not averse to worrying, as I’m sure most Reds are, and despite the fact United are unbeaten at home since last April and have taken 49 out of a possible 51 points at Old Trafford this season, there is always the possibility that the unthinkable may happen.
If Chelsea were to repeat their achievements of last season and leave Old Trafford with all three points then it would mean the end of United’s campaign.
Call me a pessimist but I just cannot see any team throwing away a 15 point lead, losing to their rivals at home with two games to go but somehow managing to emerge as champions.
Although technically United could lose the game but still win the league, such a crushing defeat could well see the season totally implode.
We saw it with Arsenal a few months ago where defeat against Birmingham City in the League Cup final seemed to totally de-rail the Gooners season. Within weeks a possible quadruple had become a battle for third place in the league.
If Chelsea come to Old Trafford and beat us then I can’t envisage them dropping anymore points this season- it’ll be 1998 all over again.
Although United could still win the league on goal difference, you’d feel it would be something of an uphill struggle.
That would leave the Champions league final as united’s only hope of finishing the season with any silverware.
For United to have any chance in that encounter, belief and confidence must be paramount. If United had lost the league, not to mention losing the FA Cup semi final to their ‘bitter’ rivals at the last Wembley appearance, then it would be a massive shock if the Reds were able to put all that behind them and defeat the all powerful Barcelona.
I’m not saying it would be impossible, as everyone knows United are well know for being able to overcome the odds, it would just be asking a lot.
The point I’m meandering to at a Charlie Adam pace is should United lose on Sunday- even the optimist in me cannot see 2010/11 being a successful season.
Thankfully, I think we’ll win- mind you i always do.
Am I being too pessimistic or just pragmatic feel free to comment, insult and enlighten below.