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United 2 Chelsea 1

United 2 Chelsea 1

Old Trafford, this afternoon, witnessed United just about wrap up the Premier League title with a 2-1 win over our nearest rivals, Chelsea.

Mathematically, United need a point form their last two games to make certain but surely we`ll not let this slip away.

For this important fixture, Sir Alex Ferguson, as expected, selected his big-guns after resting several of them in midweek when Schalke were the visitors. One notable absentee was Patrice Evra who picked up a late knock and was replaced by John O`Shea.

Team - Van der Sar, Fabio, Ferdinand, Vidic, O`Shea, Park, Giggs, Carrick, Valencia, Rooney, Hernandez

Subs - Kuszczak, Smalling, Evans, Anderson, Nani, Scholes, Berbatov

United got the action started and inside thirty-six seconds were ahead. Some hesitancy in the Chelsea midfield saw Giggs and Park combine to slip Hernandez through and the Mexican, one-on-one, with Cech, made no mistake in scoring his 20th goal of the season. Old Trafford erupted in a sea of noise.

United 1 Chelsea 0 (Hernandez - 01 minutes)

United were playing some decent stuff and Rooney forced the excellent Cech into making a fine one handed save with a fierce low drive. Hernandez, lurking at the far post, almost scored a second but the slightest touch, by Luiz, from the Valencia cross disrupted the flight of the ball.

Chelsea, non-existent attacking wise, took nineteen minute sot get a chance on target with Kalou having a shot saved. Cech pulled off another smart save to deny Park but from the resulting corner, after the ball had been worked to Giggs, Vidic was on hand to head home the second goal of the game.

United 2 Chelsea 0 (Vidic - 23 minutes)

The defending Champions were up against it now but didn`t fade away. Two free kicks from Drogba kept Van der Sar on his toes. Both from thirty yards out saw Van der Sar relieved that he could parry the first away and even more relieved that the second went wide of the post with the Dutchman stranded.

After having already been booked, the home crowd bayed for Ivanovic to be shown the red card as the game threatened to boil over just before half time but Howard Webb was having nothing of it.

Half Time - United 2 Chelsea 0

Evan replaced O`Shea at half time with the visitors opting to replace Luiz and Mikel with Alex and Ramires.

A stale passage of play could have been livened up when Lampard clearly handled a Valencia cross whilst Kalou, seeking a penalty after contact with Vidic, may well have thought he had a valid claim turned down by Webb.

Struggling to make an impact in the final third, Chelsea introduced Torres for Kalou and although Torres played no part in the build up, the visitors were back in the game eight minutes later after Lampard scored from close range.

United 2 Chelsea 1 (Lampard - 61 minutes)

Despite being pegged back, United were looking lively going forward and Rooney, on another day, could have had a hat-trick. One effort was brilliantly blocked, on the line, by Alex whilst another effort bound for the net was deflected over the bar.

As time began to run out for Chelsea, Hernandez could have added the final touch to a great day but his header, from a Valencia cross, sailed over the bar.

Blackburn, and a record 19th title, here we come.

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Writer:Red Boy
Date:Sunday May 8 2011
Time: 6:55PM

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congrats on your title - we'll do our best to get it back next season though!
08/05/2011 19:27:00
I hope not merlin :P
08/05/2011 19:42:00
Congrats on your deserved title...Ve'll be back!
08/05/2011 19:52:00
Congratulations...Not gonna sit here and say you were great this season because you wasn't no team has been though. But well done.
08/05/2011 20:02:00
Congratulations on the title from a Liverpool fan. We'll try to get our record back next season, sounds familiar I know. :)
09/05/2011 03:53:00
john doe, merlin, blue banes, top notch!!!
09/05/2011 08:56:00
Glory Glory Man United.
09/05/2011 10:58:00
Guys, what do you think of this average squad tag that follows our team? I personally think people are being a tad blinkered with that comment, granted this is not our best side we've had over the years but that doesn't make it average. Starting XI wise I think there's very few better than us with only the centre of the park being the area that screams mediocrity in comparison to our local and title rivals.
09/05/2011 16:40:00
Lets look at the defense. We've got the ageless Van Der Sar who has been the best keeper in the league this season and very few world wide have been better. We boast 2 great prospects and already great fullbacks in Rafael and Fabio and arguably the best LB in the world in Evra. We have 2 of the finest CB's out there, one being the best CB in the world, in Vidic and Ferdinand. Heck, even Smalling and Evans are very good CB's for their age, Smalling definately so. Then what we have as cover is very good as far as cover goes with O'Shea and Brown, 2 players any manager would be delighted to have, they come into the squad and no matter what situation they're thrown into they cope well, never off the pace, they also love playing for the team and that attitude reflects there servitude towards the club despite their lack of first-team chances.
09/05/2011 16:43:00
Out wide we really do have an abundace of talent. Nani and Valencia are not only two of the finest, perhaps best, wingers in the league but also in the world. Giggs, well, his history tells you everything you need to know about him, pure. More recently he has been played through the centre of the park and appears to be that CAM who creates space for others and picks passes out with ease. Park is a managers dream, he's ridiculously hard to mark because of his work rate, energy levels and roaming all over the pitch. He's very underrated, often at the oppositions expense, he might not be technically there but you can rely on him to pop up with a far post head, or a bit of magic in the box with his dummy shots and clever passes. Obertan and Bebe have bundles of potential and are very raw at the moment, it would harsh to pass them off as flops (perhaps if Fergie sells them then fair dues) but at current, looking at the positives, they can come into the team and be, quite simply, class acts glowing with quality. I remember at one point wondering why Nani was playing and Obertan was not. If worse comes to worse and they're all some how injured we've got Fletcher and his very good crosses who can play wide right and Rooney who can play wide left, not quite to the effect as the natural wingers but more than sufficient quality to beat decent opposition. Fabio & Rafael can also play out wide, look at the FA Cup Arsenal performance, it says it all really.
09/05/2011 16:54:00
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