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Remember Our Last Win At Stamford Bridge?

United visit Stamford Bridge on Sunday with the slim hope of getting something against in-form Chelsea. We are in bad form, we'll miss key players - and even history isn't on our side as we haven't been able to win at Chelsea since 2002.

Back then United were chasing an unprecedented fourth league title - as we're doing now - but Chelsea weren't title contenders, they were struggling to reach the last Champions League place. They ultimately failed to do so, not least to this game.

Though United were obviously the better team back then Chelsea had been preparing for the clash with confidence after beating United 3-0 at Old Trafford earlier in the season. We were chasing Arsenal, two points ahead with a game in hand while even Houllier's Liverpool were ahead of us in second place. The table looked like this:

1. Arsenal 72 (33 games)

. Liverpool 71 (34)

. Manchester United (34)

A defeat at Chelsea would have spelt the end of our slim title hopes and our worst fears looked set to come true as the Blues dominated the opening minutes. But United held firm then went ahead with an absolutely superb free-kick from Paul Scholes and from that moment on we never looked like losing.

Cudicini denied Van Nistelrooy on 21 minutes but 20 minutes later Solskjaer released the Dutchman once more and he rounded the keeper to slot into the empty net.

United were clearly enjoying themselves in the second half and only Cudicini kept the scoreline respectable for Chelsea but in the end Van Nistelrooy set up Giggs who, instead of crowning his own brilliant display with a goal, presented Solskjaer with an even easier finish and the rout was completed, the defeat at Old Trafford properly avenged.

Of the players playing that day, Lampard and Terry will certainly be on the pitch on Sunday while Scholes, Giggs, Brown and O'Shea (an unused substitute back then) might feature for United. But the circumstances are different, too: this time Chelsea are the better team and they are the main threat to our Premier League crown. To be honest, I expect a similarly one-sided thrashing like what we witnessed in April 2002 - but United will take the damage this time.




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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 5 2009

Time: 8:43PM

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we're ready and waiting - let the battle commence!
merlin
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05/11/2009 20:56:00

i've got to say yor humility is suspicious.anyway there's no telling who will win that game.
blueogre
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05/11/2009 21:04:00

I think it will be a draw.
NotoriousRedDevil
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05/11/2009 22:20:00

You men you're hoping for a draw? :)
emigre
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05/11/2009 23:10:00

A victory would be great but I would take a draw as well.Just being 2pts behind after facing all our rivals would be great plus the return of a hopefully fit and hungry hargo after the international break would be another plus.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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06/11/2009 07:59:00

Here's hoping we trounce them
One United 92
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06/11/2009 12:00:00

that would do nicely,One United 92.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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06/11/2009 15:09:00

You must be able to remember which arm chair you watched it from surely?
king billy
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06/11/2009 15:11:00

No I'm not hoping I honestly think we'll cancel each other out. We'll take the lead and chelski will equalise like last year.
NotoriousRedDevil
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06/11/2009 18:14:00

 

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