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Chelsea V Manchester United – Why Fergie’s boys will not have enough against the Blues

November 7, 2009


Manchester United have been nothing but mediocre of recent. Therefore, we will be beaten at Stamford Bridge on Sunday..mark my words.

Now some United fans may find those words hard to stomach, especially as they come from a person that gets to twenty five games a season. But i like to call things honestly. Its not being a pessimist, in this case (…which i am at times!) Its just a reality check. United have been average at best this season.

I think some of our creative play has been as attractive as ever, but our final ball this term has been shocking. Delivery from the wide areas is almost non-existent. Valencia has shown glimpses and I’m willing to reserve judgement on him this year. Nani, as we know, is a bag of fcuked up crap. I cant wait to see the back of him. I was so excited when he joined..i could see the talent he had. But the boy has mental problems. His brain and his feet simply do not have any relationship at all. He is the football version of our banking system.

Rooney and Berba must be incredibly disillusioned by the service this year. For me, the Bulgarian has come on alot since August. His workrate has improved. He is even celebrating goals (sort of!)Rooney has not excelled yet, but you always have faith in the Scouse boy. I also think there is great things to come from Michael Owen. He looks sharp. His movement is impressive. But the supply line from the midfield has been woeful. In fact, the protection of the defence from midfield has been crass too! I think we can see where the problems lie at the moment.

 Michael Carrick and Anderson seem to have one good game, where things click and they boss opponents, and then one game where they cannot find a decent pass between the two of them. Both end up looking knackered after about the hour mark, and this leaves the defence vulnerable to counters and the attack isolated. The only player in the central position that seems worth his Red Devils status is Darren Fletcher (God! I never thought id be saying that just a few short years ago!) Now we all know we cant wait til Owen Hargreaves gets his boots back on, but i feel that we should not be relying on him. We know he is a colossal player, but the boy has been out for so long that it would be unfair to pin all of our hopes on his dodgy knees.

So what to do?

Well, its clear to me that the manager MUST spend in January. Maybe not excessively as the popular press would love him to do, but on players that give us an extra option or two. Luis Alberto Suarez has been mentioned recently. The captain of Ajax is only 22 and has scored 95 times in 167 games for club and country. However, he would cost around the £30m mark. But he is equal parts lethal hitman and intelligent provider. This video shows all that:

Whatever happens in January, i feel that transfer ban or not, Chelsea are streets ahead of us this season. I feared that Drogba was up for a big one this year and i was right. The striking monster has looked unstoppable at times. When he plays well, Chelsea win. I also think that despite their ‘aging’ midfield, they are imperious at the moment in these positions. Lampard, Ballack, Essien, Deco, Joe Cole…its pretty scary just saying that all out loud! Their defence, like ours, is the same old same old. However their defence seems solid at the moment despite their two recent defeats, whereas ours seems to have paper thin confidence issues, as Vidic continues to have the recurring Torres nightmares, and Rio wants to win an Oscar for Best Director or something. Worrying.

So yes, i think we will fluff our lines at Stamford Bridge. In all honesty we are not in a position to beat them this coming Sunday…..but funnier things have happened

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. November 7, 2009 1:10 pm

    Agree with most of your points Robbo. But we’ll see what happens. We all thought United couldn’t be beaten by LFC, so perhaps we can pull one on Chelski.

  2. November 7, 2009 3:17 pm

    I agree with Rob here, unless really a miracle happens I cannot see United even get one point from that game, Chelsea are playing fantastic football and are no.1 contenders for the title, and given their ban is on hold brace yourselves for some great signings in january as well with the likes of aguero being linked to the club

    • November 7, 2009 3:22 pm

      oh feck i tell ya Chelsea are gonna spend £100m in this window just in case they get a future ban…played right into their hands lifting their ban temporarily. Do FIFA actually have any authority anymore? Its the first step to a football world broken away from FIFA..may not be a bad thing.

  3. Dude permalink
    November 7, 2009 3:35 pm

    The good thing is darren fletcher is playing like ‘Roy’ Fletcher now. Only thing is hes playing with a part of his ankle broken, dunno how long he can last. But Im pretty sure Manu will get a point from this game coz the boys just enjoy doing things the hard way, losing when lpool is supposedly ripe for the plucking, kicking an in-form tottenham, arsenal and mancity off their unbeaten starts through luck, tenacity, blah the list goes on, we have all of it.

  4. November 7, 2009 3:45 pm

    Totally agree with everything said, we are not the form team.

    Brown and Evans were not great midweek and cannot see how they will be able to stop Drogba, if Vidic plays he needs to have his best game to stop him.

    I hope we play Obertan from the start but recently Nani has still managed to get time on the pitch when we can all see that he is clearly not good enough. What does Alex see in him? Who knows.

    I’d love a win. But I would settle for a point. Although Michael Owen coming off the bench to score the winning goal in the 90th minute would be fantastic ;-)

  5. king999 permalink
    November 8, 2009 2:25 am

    As a United fan I am hoping we can keep it tight. Chelsea are the form team and have been recently scoring for fun. United meanwhile have been shaky at the back. Perfect recipe for disaster. But I think it will come down to tactics on the night. Who will get them right? SAF will probably go for a 5 man midfield to control the center of the park. But with The Drog in the form that he is, if offered a point, I’ll bit your hand off …

  6. yaniv permalink
    November 8, 2009 11:18 am

    hmmm.. I might b sadistic, but all this hopelessness is really refreshing.. :-) but sarcasm aside, i’m just hoping manu actually turn up 4 d match.. Its been a while since they’ve played well in a match against d cream.. Lets c.. Theres really so much 2 play 4.. Bcoz if they lose this match, 4 sure d title will not b outta reach, but optimism ll decrease..

  7. November 8, 2009 12:58 pm

    if we lose today then we are still only 5 points behind Chelsea..however Arsenal are sneaking up on the rail and will have games in hand. Nothing will get decided today as to who will win the league this season. Chelsea’s real challenge will come in January when Drogba and Essien bugger off to the African Nations Cup. They are Chelseas heartbeat at the mo. However im sure they will now buy big in the window to compensate for that loss. If Arsenal can keep up this form then its gonna be an interesting race. Fabregas is on fire.

  8. Conor permalink
    November 9, 2009 10:57 am

    so, Chelsea were not streets ahead yesterday, just a shame that this international break is upon us, it’ll only provide time for united’s wounds to heal where-as we’d be better off taking the sense of aggrievment into the next game. Fingers crossed that Fletcher (blossoming into Roy Keane sans the homicidal streak) does not pick up an injury playing in some meaningless friendly for Scotland.

    Overall I think united are doing well this season, breaking a two new wingers (Valencia settling in nicely and Obertan will get there too, but Fergie has to be cautious about bringing them both along at the same time).

    I had a good feeling about the game this weekend, despite most opinions, was happy to see Evans and Brown get the nod, knowing that they’d do better than the 3 goal bonanza they presented to CSKA. The more games Fletcher and Anderson get together the better I say … season is a long way from done and will Chelsea be able to maintain their form when the African Cup of Nations rolls around?

    • November 9, 2009 2:12 pm

      We played well above what i thought we would, but taking nothing away from us, Chelsea were not banging on all cylinders. Thought Evans and Brown did a proper job on Drogba and shut him down effectively. Valencia nulified Cole, and we saw our best midfield performance for a long time…maybe since the Champions League semi 2nd leg against the Goons last season.

      heres my match reaction


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