MANCHESTER United are in crisis mode today in the wake of their battering by Liverpool. Alex Ferguson has circled the wagons and retreated behind a wall of silence following the 3-1 Anfield humiliation.
The under-siege Premiership leaders have now lost three of their last five games.
By contrast Liverpool’s fans have great hopes for the future thanks mainly to Luis Suarez, and his stunning performance at Anfield yesterday.
United’s next league game will come against Bolton in what is sure to be tough local derby in 12 days time, but it is their cup match with Arsenal this weekend that could cause even more damage.
Another defeat against the Gunners and United would head into the Bolton match with serious confidence issues.
Ferguson is also facing an English FA charge off the pitch as well as more worrying issues on it, but so far no other manager has been able to take advantage.
Rival boss Arsene Wenger knows that his team is showing clear signs of a traditional Gunners collapse in all competitions.
After tomorrow night’s treacherous trip to the Nou Camp for a do or die Champions League assignment against Barcelona, he also knows he must travel to Old Trafford for an FA Cup tie which takes on a new significance.
“We need fresh legs for the Nou Camp because we'll have to run a lot. We have not got enough security to sit back and defend,” claimed Wenger, who says Cesc Fabregas is “90% certain” to make the trip to Spain.
“You can't go to Barcelona, play for a 0-0 and not try to score. It's also not the personality of this team. We'll try to score when we get the ball,” he said.
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti can narrow the gap on Manchester United with a win over Blackpool tonight which would leave his team nine points off the pace but with a game in hand.