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Chelsea march on as United seethe

November 8, 2009

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The only goal of the game, scored by John Terry on the 76th minute denied United the almost happening miracle of at least leaving Stamford Bridge with 1 point, but the goal was scored in a somewhat controversial manner, which left the United players seeing red and fuming at the officials, while the Blues celebrated.

United started the game brilliantly though, unlike when they played at Liverpool, and although missing Berbatov, Ferdinand and Vidic (on the bench), United took over the midfield possession, but the real chance of a goal came from Chelsea when Ivanovic nearly crept the ball underneath Van Der Sar, but the United keeper held on. The response came from Evra at the other end, but he could only rattle the side netting of Cech. United were looking more constructive and Giggs volleyed a cross from Fletcher over the bar. Giggs, it has to be said though, was not making his presence felt as he returned from injury, and he barely caused any threat on his left wing.

Half time 0-0, the second promised much, and indeed Chelsea came out to play for the win, although they could not really trouble United’s defense, and Rooney had a chance to punish Chelsea when he collected a one-two from Valencia but shot wide of Cech’s right post. Seconds later he had a 20-yard effort brilliant saved by Cech as United looked menacing, but on 76th minute, following a freekick from Lampard, Terry nodded home, while in the same action, Drogba pulled down a defender, and although he was offside he tried to flick the ball in, and in normal situation, he is doing an action of play and the linesman should have flagged him offside, but instead the goal was allowed to stand. The United players were fuming after the ref, while the Blues were celebrating their 100% home record so far, with only 1 goal conceded at the Bridge till now. Owen and Obertan were introduced with about 5 minutes left for Giggs and Anderson respectively, but they could not conjure anything for an equalizer.

United have lost yet another game to a member of the Big 4, leaving them now 5 points behind the Blues, and 3rd place behind Arsenal with same points but better goal difference for the Gunners, who also have a game in hand.

The questions may be United fans will be asking are whether Owen should have started knowing that Berbatov was out of the clash, and also whether playing Giggs while he was not fit, has not penalized the team in terms of attacking speed and precision on the left. Evra on the other hand was bubbling with energy as he was making runs everytime he could to support the attack, and running back to defend as well. Rooney had a good game as well, a shame he did not have a partner upfront to provide him support until Owen came on late on.

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  1. November 9, 2009 5:58 am

    The cutting edge in front of the goal was what United were missing. The chances were being created but were not put away. But I enjoyed their defending. Loved the sight of Evans behind Van Der Sar to protect the goal.

  2. November 9, 2009 2:15 pm

    The performance has given me heart. 5 points is not alot but if theyve still got that after Xmas then i will be worried. Chelsea have to go to Arsenal in two weeks…that will be their true test

    my reaction to the game:

    http://viewfromtier3.blogspot.com/2009/11/referee-1-man-utd-0.html

  3. November 10, 2009 12:28 am

    I fully expected Carlo Ancelotti to achieve more in The Champions League. Chelsea at some point will suffer with a bad trot, far better for United to get their poor run of form and results, but not necessarily performances, out of the way early doors. Sir Alex Ferguson has been there before and is the master motivator, especially at the business end of the season come March and April.

    Ancelotti will lose key players for three weeks in January as The African Cup of Nations takes place, having said that, the fixture list for the period includes two games at Stamford Bridge and doesn’t look to be too onerous. Comparatively easy fixtures or not for Chelsea, that period may be crucial because unless they spank the Russians credit card in the window, The Blues look to be the most disadvantaged, especially since United have a very similar schedule during the ACoN.

    Five points is a handy cushion but three drawn games for Chelsea whilst their nearest challengers are winning and all the air rapidly comes out of the cushion. Fear not as this stage United.

    • Rite$h permalink
      November 10, 2009 3:59 pm

      Agreed that players like Drogba, Essien, Kalou etc will be taking part in the ACN, but reinforcements will surely come in January with names like Ribery and Aguero on the list already.
      As for United, if they cope without any defeat till christmas then they can get back in the title challenge, as Chelsea will have to play vs. Arsenal and M.City, where anything can happen in those 2 games, and if United take advantage in the meantime they can easily overcome the deficit

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