Chelsea’s start to this season has been accompanied by the mantra: “Ah, but they have had an easy start”.
It has been the default mechanism of Alex Ferguson, who has made more statements today to explain how his side find themselves five points behind Chelsea.
He said: “If you look at Chelsea’s start to the season, you’d have expected them to have won all those games, so the position they’re in doesn’t surprise me.”
And yet, if the table doesn’t lie, who has had the easier start?
Man Yoo have played teams who are currently in 15th, 10th, 20th, 17th, 18th, 12th and 11th. That’s an average position of 14.7th.
Chelsea have played teams who are currently in 6th, 14th, 7th, 20th, 9th, 2nd and 4th. That’s an average position of 8.9th.
I have some maths for Fergie:
One Michael Carrick + One Anderson = £40million.