The Premier League title has shifted focus on the Old Trafford dug-out and the Chelsea teamsheet scheduled for the weekend as Manchester United start afresh following the dismissal of David Moyes, while Liverpool aim moving up towards clinching the title.
Ryan Giggs, backed by fellow teammates of United’s famed ‘Class of 92’, will temporarily be in charge for the messed giants in the first match between Norwich and Manchester after Moyes was shown the door.
And on Sunday leaders Liverpool will be waiting with bated breath to see if Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will fulfill his threat to field a weakened team as Reds aims to move a giant step ahead to winning the title for the first time since 1990.
As usual at the middle of late-season title drama, Manchester United have been making headlines for the wrong reason this week, but with a different bench and a calmer environment without the strained Moyes who got more pained with each chastening defeat, things might turn out better.
It’s just after the stressed Scot served for 10 months that he was put out of the misery on Tuesday, with Giggs, the Old Trafford icon, taking the chance as interim manager until the season comes to a close with the hopes of lifting flagging spirits.
Giggs, who hails from the United’s youth academy, will be symbolic to all the best about Alex Fugerson’s reign and the Welsh midfielder has already advised the team to “go back playing like Manchester United” – a call to show more sovereignty and vitality after the stern displays of the ultra-conservative Moyes.
The 40-year-old will be in the company of other gilded graduates of United’s youth academy including Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, and Phil Neville, all who will be assisting their old colleague and if the familiar players inspire a win over the resistance Norwich, it will be good news for many fans at Old Trafford.
Butt said Saturday will be a massive occasion for Ryan, staff, fans, and players because they know that they have underachieved as club during this year.
He added that the players in the changing room know how good they are, saying that they look around, left and right at the players next to them and know that they are very proud, hard-working lads, like they will portray on Saturday.
The focus will turn to Anfield once the United starts their post-Moyes era, where Liverpool are the verge of returning their perch at the top of the English game that Ferguson so relished knocking them from the 1990’s.
With only three games remaining, Brendan Rodger’s team are five points clear of the second place after Chelsea and a victory over Jose Mourhino’s team will kick out the Blues from the title race.
Despite being the last chance for Chelsea to close the gap, Mourinho has apparently chosen to prioritize the Champion’s League, where his injury and suspension damaged side face Atletico Mandrid in the semi-final second leg on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge.
Following a goalless draw in Madrid on Wednesday, the Blues manager believes European glory is more realistic than domestic success. The failure by the Premier League to move the game to Saturday might make him rest several players against Liverpool fearing the risk of further injuries.
The team that Chelsea will kick out will face a stern examination from a Liverpool in red-hot form after reeling off 11 successive league wins to leave their rivals trailing behind.
Luis Suarez, who’s scored 30 league goals this season, has been important to Liverpool’s charge, although even the Uruguay striker is stunned by his team’s run.
He told Perform winning the title would be something that no one would believe because they have good players but looking at the complete roster, they don’t have the players to be in top position. He said they were surprised at how their team was playing.
“It would be something amazing because of the investment made by Chelsea, City, and Arsenal.”
Arsenal at fourth place will be hosting Newcastle on Monday and will be looking to maintain the advantage in the game to qualify for the Champions League, while fifth placed Everton who are a point behind Gunners, will face Southampton on Saturday.