You know you’ve had a hiding when the videprinter has to display the number of goals you conceded in brackets, just to stick the knife that little bit further – “Yes Wigan that was eight goals you conceded against a rampant Chelsea on Sunday.”
Given the Latics had already conceded nine in one game this season, and Chelsea had hit seven on three occasions at Stamford Bridge, it should have come as no surprise when the Londoners ran riot to secure the Premier League title.
Add to that the fact Wigan’s best defender, Titus Bramble, was missing, they conceded after two minutes, and they had a man sent off midway through the first half and you had all the ingredients for a nightmare.
It was no wonder the Man United fans up at Old Trafford quickly gave up hope of a shock title win and began shouting about the Glazers instead.
It was meant to be the most vociferous protest yet against the American owners, but although the vocal minority in the Stretford did their best, they failed to stir the rest of the ground into action. Indeed, most of the crowd seemed content to wave their flags about while quietly contemplating the result. Roy Keane’s infamous “prawn sandwich brigade” were very much in evidence.
Perhaps it was because they knew the Glazer family were not there, or maybe it was the Stoke fans’ chants of “are you Norwich in disguise?” which made many of the green and gold flag wavers suddenly feel a little foolish.
Either way it seems their efforts will go the way of Fergie’s title bid this season and fall just short.
Chelsea though, newly crowned Champions of England – having hit 17 goals in their past three games without conceding – will now travel to Wembley to play Pompey – rock bottom of the Premier League and with an injury crisis as long as the Thames.
Chelsea’s FA Cup final odds make them overwhelming favourites and surely there can only be one winner?
Meanwhile, Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher looks set for a shock England call up.
Many pundits had suggested that problems at the back could stop the Three Lions living up to their World Cup 2010 odds and manager Fabio Capello could see Carragher as the ideal solution.