Last Updated on May 8, 2011 | 21:41 by 00-Babs
Game: Manchester United Vs Chelsea FC
Venue: Old Trafford
Competition : League Match
Hello my good friends. I hope the just concluded week was good for y’all? Well mine wasn’t bad. Man Utd face one of the most respected teams in world football today in a bid to win their 19th league title. Chelsea was the last team to beat United in Old Trafford. This was back in April 2010. Man Utd would be in a comfortable position before kick off but for those Gooners (them they form pride abi?). The Blues might not play attractive football but they get the job done which is why we are here. A team I admire because of their strength on and off the pitch (Arsenal akamu no be food o) and their uncontrollable urge to win. This has been evident in their last 5 league games. Chelsea has been United’s nightmare in the league for a couple of seasons and this is my fear going into today’s game. Sir Alex rested the regular players for the Schalke game because of Chelsea and I hope that pays off.
Going into the game the only edge Man Utd have over Chelsea is an enviable home record but Chelsea is the most in form side of the two with no loss in their last 10 league games. This might work for my team, they have not conceded a goal in the first half of any league game at home this season. Well anti- Man U peeps were already giving excuses for a game that had not kicked off when they heard Howard Webb was to be ref of the game. The Blues shouldn’t forget the favours they have gotten from ref Martin Atkinson in the last 2 Chelsea Vs Man Utd games at Stamford bridge.
The team news shocked me with the absence of Patrice Evra (injury) but it was still a fairly strong side. Van Der Saar, Fabio, Rio, Vidic, O’shea, Carrick, Giggs, Park, Valencia, Rooney and Chicharito made the 1st XI and Carlo Ancelotti’s side had their usual suspects (Cech, Cole, Terry, Lampard, Drogba, Malouda) fit but the £50m man was left on the bench. Didier Drogba gives me cause for concern. That guy is one hell of a strong lad but I believe Vidic is equal to the task.
The game kicks off and before I could drop my glass filled with bells and coke on the table, United had taken the lead with a well worked move starting with the veteran Giggs sliding a pass through to the Park who set up Chicharito to score his 20th goal in all competitions for United. He is still 5 short of Paul Scholes’s prediction of 25. From then on United dominated the game and Rooney came close almost immediately after the opener. A couple more chances fell to Rooney but he couldn’t hit the target. United got a 2nd through the skipper Vidic the result of a corner kick in the 23rd minute. Chelsea had chances of their own but Van Der Saar dealt with them comfortably. The red devils were in total control of this half and I was confident of a 19th league title again. The 1st half ended 2-0. For me United was home and dry. Man Utd have held a 2-0 lead 259 times and never lost. Chelsea will have to make history.
The 2nd half started with both sides making changes before the restart, with Chelsea bringing on Alex and Ramires for David Luiz and Mikel Respectively. United also brought on Johny Evans for John O’shea who sustained a slight knock. Chelsea dominated possession in the 1st 12 minutes of the 2nd half but had no real shot at goal. In what I see as a loss of concentration on United’s part Chelsea got a goal through Frank Lampard in the 68th minute to bring the game back to life. Chelsea kept pushing for the equaliser but that lapse restored United’s concentration. Speaking of defense United got a scare when 3 of their 4 defenders stayed rooted to the ground after a Chelsea move and had to receive treatment. United played with 9 men for a few minutes with Evans and Fabio relegated to the touchlines as a result of FIFA rules. Both sides played some good football in the closing stages of the game and United truly deserved to win. The Game ended 2-1. This is so far the most difficult game Ashley Cole has ever played in. Valencia didn’t give him a moment’s rest.
United need just a point to win their 19th league title, well that’s not hard. Its Blackburn so a point shouldn’t be difficult. In 1994 Liverpool fans said United should come back when its 18. Well now we’re on our way to 19 titles. Picking my man of the match was difficult. Park truly deserved it with his tireless display all through but Van Der Saar, Giggs and Valencia also played a major part in the victory.
Campeones Campeones ole ole ole
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