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Manchester United Left In A Tense Pit. Can Valencia Be Their Super Hero?

March 9, 2011 By Angela Asante
Manchester United are in a tough condition with back to back defeats and Nani’s injury on their mind. But they need to face Arsenal, Marseille and Chelsea in the next 30 days...
The atmosphere has changed at Manchester United. It just needed two defeats in two crucial games for that to happen. First, Chelsea’s blue sea flooded the Red Devils at the Bridge. Then came Jamie Carragher’s Liverpool who expanded the pool of Manchester United’s miseries in controversial fashion.

Suddenly, the Red Devils are in trouble. The road is not so long now. It will end soon as the end of the season is less than three months away. Mathematically, Manchester United’s back-to-back defeats have lowered – but not cancelled – their chances of clinching the English Premier League title this term. In fact, Arsenal are just behind the Red Devils whereas Chelsea seem to have found the level of confidence needed to mount a miraculous comeback in the title race.

But that’s not all. Man United have a balance to think about as they remain in two more competitions: the UEFA Champions League and the FA Cup. Their fixture list explains that the next two match-days are probably more crucial than the previous two.

On Saturday, the Red Devils have a problematical task against Arsene Wenger’s furious and wounded Arsenal. Three days after, they’ll need to affront Marseille with the obligation to avoid anything less than a win following their disappointing 0-0 draw in the first leg.

As if their tough agenda wasn’t enough, Manchester United have to deal with injuries too. The biggest blow is that the influential Nani is expected to miss up to one month of action after suffering a deadly tackle by Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher.

Only a return to winning ways will recharge Manchester United’s batteries. But from where could they found the necessary energy to do so when spirits in the camp are down?

“Sometimes, you don't play well or you don't score. And in those times, the pressure comes from all around you, as well as from yourself.” This is what Berbatov, who hasn’t found the net since late in January, was quoted as saying by The Sun only to confess his hopelessness.

During crucial periods, maintaining a strong forward line to overcome the hurdles is so important. But today, Manchester United have to deal with Nani’s absence and Dimitar Berbatov’s distracted mentality among other unfortunate issues. But, wait. Here is Antonio Valencia with his Red Devil wings stretched wide and making a timely return to action!

The Ecuadorian hasn’t played football since breaking his ankle against Rangers back in September 2010, but he is expected to feature against Arsenal on Saturday. The Red Devils will be hoping for Valencia to make a quick progress to match fitness as every tick on the clock explains that Manchester United cannot waste more time to bounce back.

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