Vital Football

Latest Manchester United News

CL - United 2 Chelsea 1 (3-1 on aggregate)

CL - United 2 Chelsea 1 (3-1 on aggregate)

At an atmospheric Old Trafford it was Manchester United who ran-out as winners in this clash as two of the top teams in the Premier League went head-to-head in the Champions League.

Leading 1-0 from the first leg, courtesy of a Wayne Rooney goal, United knew that Chelsea would have to perform better than they had at Stamford Bridge. And fair play to the Londoners, they did.

Sir Alex Ferguson selected a starting eleven that contained only two changes to that which had won at Stamford Bridge with Nani and O`Shea coming in for Valencia and Rafael respectively. Our guests opted to return to a 4-3-3 formation with Torres preferred up front to Drogba.

The first half saw Chelsea edge possession without really testing Van der Sar. Some neat interchanges ensured Chelsea kept the ball but they looked to lack penetration. Possibly the one exception being when Lampard was presented with a decent chance but tried, unsuccessfully, to place it into the corner of the net when it was screaming to be hit hard.

As the first half moved into the latter stages United thought they taken the lad on the night when Hernandez netted, but an eagle eyed assistant had spotted that the Mexican was just offside and the goal didn`t stand. But, as the half approached its conclusion United were to take the lead.

The goal came about after an attack had been cleared but some clever movement of the ball saw it worked out to the right flank where O`Shea found Giggs and the Welshman delivered an inviting ball for Hernandez to finish with some aplomb. 1-0 on the night and 2-0 on aggregate, the half time whistle was greeted with some raucous cheering.

Knowing his side had it all to do, Carlo Ancelotti replaced the ineffective Torres with Drogba at half time and it was to be the Ivorian who was, eventually, to get the London side back into the match.

But, before Drogba weaved some magic, Chelsea lost Ramires after the young Brazilian received a second yellow card for a rash challenge. Playing against ten men it should have been a doddle but when Drogba collected the ball outside the area, chest it down and turned before firing past Van der Sar, the mood changed inside Old Trafford, but not for long.

With the visiting support still celebrating in the belief they had got back into the match United were to resume their lead, on the night, with a dramatic quick reply. Twenty-one seconds after conceding the goal, United swept forward and a clinical ball from Giggs was expertly dispatched by Park.

It was 3-1 on aggregate now and there was no way back for Chelsea. The dream of the treble is still on as we now await a two-legged Champions League clash against Schalke 04.




Vital Man United on: facebook

Vital Man United on: twitter

Join Vital Man United

It's easy to REGISTER HERE, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!



Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Red Boy
Date:Wednesday April 13 2011
Time: 5:00PM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
Once again i'm proud of the side and they played admirably. Heads never dropped after conceding unlike Chelsea when Park scored. We attacked despite one goal being the difference, we pushed Chelsea in both areas where we could've easily chose to park the bus the whole game.MOTM for me is Rooney. Rooney was ever-present both attacking and defending as was the playmaker, the heartbeat of the side.
TheFamousNo7
13/04/2011 19:30:00
0
Having watched Real Madrid v Tottenham and seen 3 differend spurs players trip over thin air or grass, more commonly known as diving, I do wonder where they get off claiming Nani and Ronaldo as being cheats. I suppose the term 'takes one to know one' is truely fitting here, no doubt they will be oblivious to these actions next time we play 'em though.
TheFamousNo7
13/04/2011 21:34:00
0
fully deserved win in all fairness. chelsea were garbage
rabit71
14/04/2011 15:05:00
0
fully deserved win in all fairness. chelsea were garbage
rabit71
14/04/2011 15:05:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester United Articles

United Midfield Talk

It really is turning out to be a week full of news.

United Fined by UEFA

With another fine suspended!

From a Dutch Perspective…….

With one Dutchman gone, in Louis van Gaal, two Dutch members of the squad have had their say regarding the situation.

Cantona Warning Over Mourinho Appointment

Today somebody who entertained us in so many ways turns fifty.

Archived Vital United Articles

Vital United articles from

Site Journalists

Red Boy
Editor email
Profile
Charlie Bacchus
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Is Mourinho the Right Man for Manchester United?
Suggested By: Red Boy
Yes!74%
No!6%
Time will tell!20%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Manchester United Results (view all)

Manchester United Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.TheFamousNo71
2.Cathal P Forde1