Neville: United Only Have Themselves To Blame

Gary Neville Manchester United 2009/10
After Liverpool’s abysmal performance against Chelsea last weekend there have been many conspiracy theories. United captain Gary Neville believes that he and his team-mates only have themselves to blame if Chelsea win the Premier League this Sunday.

"When you leave it in the hands of others you have to take the punishment for it," Neville told MUTV.

"We hope that something happens on Sunday and we live in hope. If you had asked us after the Blackburn game we would have said all hope was gone.

"But we will be kicking ourselves on Sunday if it doesn't go our way. The mistakes we have made have been unusual. Hopefully we don't live to regret it."

The title race is going right down to the wire, with Chelsea in pole position. It isn’t over, but looking very unlikely that United will win their fourth consecutive Premier League title.

The loss to Chelsea on the 3rd April was a major setback, and to make matters worse, the match was decided by poor referring decisions.

Chelsea went on to beat Bolton 1-0 whilst United had another setback after drawing 0-0 with Blackburn Rovers. It was a must win game but without Wayne Rooney, United didn’t have the cutting edge needed.

Man United had a bit of hope after Chelsea slipped up and lost 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur but we still needed them to drop some points.

We’ve gone on to beat Man City 1-0, Spurs 3-1 and last weekend Sunderland 1-0. Chelsea beat Stoke 7-0 and Liverpool 2-0.

This weekend we have to hope that Wigan can go down to Stamford Bridge and take some points off Chelsea. United will have to get their job done at Old Trafford against Stoke.

Looking back over the season, United have dropped 3 points against Burnley, Liverpool, Chelsea (twice), Aston Villa, Fulham and Everton.

United have only picked up one point against Sunderland, Birmingham, Aston Villa and Blackburn.

Some of those matches should really have been won and overall that’s what’s cost us.

Liverpool could have helped and should have played an awful lot better but how likely was it that they were ever going to help Man United win a 19th League title? Not likely at all.

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