Last Updated on Sep 21, 2011 | 08:24 by 00-Babs
Diary of A ManUtd Fan
Game: Manchester United Vs Chelsea
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Competition : League Match
My dearest readers, I am super excited to write this particular post and except you live in MARS I am sure you already know why. I hope your weekend was as fun filled as mine? Asides the victory over Chelsea, I had mad fun at the Owambes I attended and to cap it all up, the so called rivals (Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal) of my beloved team did not have it so good. The Red Devils have never had such a GREAT start to the season like this in a very long time. Winning all 5 games so far, scoring 21 goals and only conceding 4 in the process. Before the start of the season I would have argued that the Gaffer’s fledglings would not survive the first 5 fixtures without a loss. I’m delighted they have proved me wrong.
Man Utd came into the game with the bragging rights, having won 4 of 5 games against the Blues last season. This was huge, judging by the Red Devils’ form against Chelsea in prior seasons. Going into the game I was fairly confident due to United’s awesome start to the season. Man Utd still had quality players like Vidic, Cleverly and Rafael out through injury and I was a little surprised that, Rio Ferdinand didn’t make the team. As always I have explicit faith in Sir Alex. Chelsea had star striker Drogba out with an injury and boy was I glad. I was however shocked that Malouda and Anelka were left out of the starting XI by Chelsea’s Manager Villas Boas. Sir Alex restored Dejo (De Gea) as his number 1 goalie for this fixture with Evra, Phil Jones, Evans, Smalling, Fletcher, Anderson, Nani, Young, Rooney and Chicharito making up the line-up. For the Blues Petr Cech maintained his position with Bosingwa, Terry, Ivanovic, Cole, Meireles, Ramires, Lampard, Mata, Sturridge and Torres completing the XI.
The 1st half kicked off with both sides attempting to tear each other apart. The Blues came close to taking the lead. It was however, Man Utd who drew 1st blood. The opener came in the 8th minute through Chris Smalling from an Ashley Young free kick. Though in all honesty the claims for offside were valid. I would urge the Chelsea to memorize the next line. Karma is a b***h. Case in point being, Terry’s goal against United in November 2009. At some point I thought Chelsea was playing against De Gea, he rebuffed their efforts and made some great saves especially from a Ramires’ effort from close range which got United Legend Peter Schmeichel and his son Kasper applauding. United got a second goal through Nani. It was a rocket of a shot that left Cech stunned. Both sides created chances but it was United that would however get a 3rd goal. Wayne Rooney scored from close range after Terry’s clearance bounced off Nani to his path. A special mention goes to Phil Jones, his doggedness helped create this goal. The half ended 3-0 and United seemed to be cruising.
Chelsea’s manager decided to shake things up before the 2nd half kicked off. He replaced Lampard who was camera shy, as it didn’t look like he was on the pitch and brought on Anelka. The move paid off with Torres scoring in less than 30 seconds after the restart. That was his 2nd goal for Chelsea since his £50m pound move from Liverpool. United had obviously taken its’ foot off the pedal. Chelsea looked the more purposeful side but sadly they couldn’t convert their chances. United should have however reduced the pressure but words can’t describe Rooney’s penalty miss in the 57th minute. The howler of the day however fell to Mr Torres again in the 82nd minute. After rounding an onrushing De Gea, he found it hard to put the ball into the empty net. If he had scored it would have been game on, giving Chelsea the opportunity to at least end the game in a draw. Man Utd came close to adding a 4th goal in the 92nd minute but Berbatov missed. The game ended 3-1. The victory is Man Utd’s 18th consecutive at home. Rooney maintained his goal scoring form by scoring his 9th league goal in 5 matches. Let get our nerd on with a little trivia. The last time United had a great start to the season like this was in the 1985/86 season where they won the 1st 10 games.
My man of the match was Nani but I would also hail the impact of Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones. In my opinion Juan Mata was Chelsea’s best player.
Our noisy neighbours (Man City) now know how it feels like to play Champions league midweek and play league games. It’s not easy, they could only manage a draw against Fulham. Arsenal lost to Blackburn and Liverpool also lost to Tottenham. The season is young no doubt and only time will tell who will be crowned champions come May 2012. I have a feeling the Red Devils will nick it again.
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