O'Shea still sees positives
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
John O'Shea is confident that Man Utd can still glean positives from this season.John O'Shea is confident that Manchester United can still glean positives from this season.
Though United stretched their unbeaten run in The Premiership to 20 games on Saturday, the 0-0 draw against Blackburn Rovers saw them lose second spot to Arsenal.
The stalemate also left The Red Devils 13 points behind leaders Chelsea, with just seven matches remaining in the season.
With United failing to reclaim the title and slipping out of the UEFA Champions League in the second round, they have missed out on the two major trophies for a second consecutive campaign.
But versatile Irishman O'Shea is still trying to look on the sunny side, with United due to tackle Newcastle United in the FA Cup semi-finals later this month.
"You have to give credit where it is due," said O'Shea.
"We were hoping Chelsea would suffer a blip but it hasn't happened and with so few games left you have to accept it is almost over for us now.
"I suppose it is difficult to take in because we have been on such a great run ourselves.
"The Champions League was disappointing as well so we must make sure we finish strongly and seal second place.
"If we can do that, and pick up an FA Cup medal as well, when you look at the mixture of experience, freshness and talent in the squad, I can only see positives for next season."
The 0-0 draw with Blackburn was the fourth occasion this season that United have drawn a blank at Old Trafford.
With 48 goals having been scored in The Premiership this term, it is also one of United's poorest returns, and O'Shea believes this is a decisive factor in the failure to challenge Chelsea.
He added: "A lot of people will be surprised at the number of goals we have scored.
"Normally it is a lot higher than that and it has to be a factor in the way our season has gone.
"You have to take your chances and it is something we will have to work on because with the talent we have in our squad we should have scored more goals."