Last Saturday's City Ground massacre (on CABLE) had to be seen to be fully appreciated. The closing stages of Manchester United's 8-1 win against Nottingham Forest were incredible. At 5-1 the humiliation was assured. But United kept on kicking the corpse. It was like shooting fish in a barrel for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the exception of his second goal, which had a high degree of difficulty. That result and the goings on at Upton Park where Arsenal were pummelling West Ham 4-0 could not have been more perfectly timed because United host champions Arsenal on Wednesday in what takes on the appearance of the match of the season. Single games do not determine the title but with United five points clear of Arsenal with a game more played this does have the aspect of a milestone on the road to the championship. And Hong Kong viewers will have the chance to see the showdown live on CABLE TV. Amazingly, this could have meant we were better off than fans in England because, until an about-turn on Tuesday, it looked like the scheduling gods were going to deprive the UK audience of the chance to see this prospective humdinger. SKY TV, the Premier League live rights holder in Britain, had prior commitments which meant the match could not be screened live. The match clashes with the League Cup semi-final second leg between Leicester and Sunderland and the Football League had a power of veto to prevent the Old Trafford game being shown. On Tuesday the Football League decided it would not enforce that right because of the importance of the league clash. But the fact that such a situation could occur is hard to credit. Luckily such a scenario never arose here. CABLE TV were always going to show the game regardless. When they negotiated the current Premier League deal with overseas rights holders, CABLE insisted that their package included United's matches against Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea, home and away. That's a thumbs up to CABLE for their foresight. And a question mark against SKY for their surprising shortsightedness. One of the worse-worn cliches football commentators are prone to is 'if this was a boxing match 'team x' would be ahead on points'. Another boxing analogy seemed apt in the last 10 minutes of Solskjaer's four-piece. If this was a boxing match the referee would have stopped the contest . The Sunday night Italian match between Fiorentina and Milan needed yet another twist on the boxing analogy. Exciting but goalless, it demanded the comment 'if this was a boxing match it would still be a draw on points'. There was a knockout blow of sorts, though, dealt to the home side who lost talismanic captain Gabriel Batistuta to a leg injury. It was one of the more dramatic moments of the week when 'Batigol' pulled up agonisingly while in full flight. CABLE TV is full of action this week, so much so that tomorrow they are utilising channel 18 alongside the usual channel 6 to allow simultaneous screenings of live matches. The Charlton v Liverpool League match is on 6 and the Sheffield Wednesday v Chelsea Cup tie on 18. Quite what the imperative of Charlton v Liverpool is is hard to fathom but as the dual-channel facility is available you'd think CABLE would have opted for two Cup matches instead.