Manchester United’s 0-0 draw at St. James’ Park followed Monday evening’s drab 0-0 stalemate between Queens Park Rangers and Derby County. As one not attuned to regularly checking facts and statistics, I am ill-placed to comment on whether or not this has happened before, but there are certainly portents as to the future direction of the title race in the Premier League, and the far more enthralling race to join the top flight. Despite the identical score-lines, the games couldn’t have differed more; United and Newcastle playing out a veritable game of two halves, unable to be separated amidst exciting passages of play and the sort of end-to-end action that would ensure it anywhere but last place on Match of the Day. QPR meanwhile, faltered badly, failing to muster any notable chances besides Wayne Routledge’s early effort and a superbly-executed chip from Adel Taarabt which almost caught out County ‘keeper Brad Jones.
With both Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers enjoying similar points advantages over the chasing pack (United’s seven compared to QPR’s eight), logic would dictate that both should achieve their respective goals come the end of the season. This is especially necessary, given that both had led their respective divisions for the majority, indeed in QPR’s case, the entirety of the season. Furthermore, both teams still have huge ‘top-of-the-table’ clashes still to endure; QPR are away at Cardiff this weekend in a game best described as ‘must not lose’, whilst Alex Ferguson’s side face Chelsea on the final day of the season, a game which Arsenal supporters will certainly be placing a good deal of their hope on. That’s assuming they can overcome North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur later today, of course.