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United vs. Chelsea

Old Trafford

08/05/11

16:10

On Sky

United v Chelsea

It`s so close you can almost reach out and touch it. After being loaned to Chelsea, the Premier League trophy is heading back to Old Trafford. A win this Sunday, against Chelsea, will make it almost a formality. Bring it on is all I`ll say!

Vital Quotes:

Ahead of the game Sir Alex Ferguson has tried to inject a bit of perspective into proceedings and tried to steer the conversation away from how big a lead Chelsea have eroded, remarking,

"I do not know how many points we were in front of Chelsea at a given time. It doesn`t matter."

"Where we are today is exactly where we are. It doesn`t matter what happened last Sunday, four Sunday`s ago, four months ago, four years ago. We are where we are. We have three games left, three points ahead, same goal difference, playing at home."

"We have two home games and one away. That where we are nothing can change it."

"We have been involved in the championship race for almost the last 19 years. So we know what it is like."

United Team News:

Having made wholesale changes in midweek, with the Champions League tie against Schalke already won, there`s no doubt that Sir Alex Ferguson will be bringing back the big-guns for the fixture tomorrow. There`s also the added bonus of having Paul Scholes available again after suspension. Therefore expect to see the likes of Van der Sar, Vidic, Ferdinand, Scholes, Giggs, Rooney and Hernandez all in the starting eleven.

Player to watch: Wayne Rooney

The stage is set Wayne, take your bow and make it a day to remember with the winner.

Chelsea Team News:

Chelsea have very few injury worries as they travel to the north-west. Jose Bosingwa isn`t available for selection and Alex and Yuri Zhirkov are not quite 100% fit.

Our spies in West London reckon Chelsea will line up as follows:-

Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Essien (or Ramires), Lampard, Malouda, Drogba, Anelka (or Kalou)

Player to watch: Didier Drogba

If Carlo Ancelotti leaves this guy on the bench, in favour of preferring to start with Fernando Torres, then I`ll be a relieved man.

Match Facts & Stats

Our home form is superb, only West Bromwich Albion have taken points off of us this season. Chelsea were the last team to win here, in the Premier League, in that ill-fated game last season where Drogba scored from an offside position and the title had gone in a flash. Also, the Joe Cole goal that opened the scoring last April, was the last goal we`ve conceded in the first half in a Premier League game at Old Trafford.

Ref Watch:

Howard Webb is the referee this Sunday and Howard is a little bit of a lucky charm for United. In the last eight, if my recollections are right, fixtures he has officiated in at Old Trafford, we`ve run out winners every time. Also, in three out of the last four, he`s awarded us a penalty.

Match Prediction:

That 19th title is so close, the vibes are good and our home form has been fantastic this season. Chelsea may arrive at Old Trafford with nothing to lose and everything to gain but I reckon this has a United win written all over it, 2-0 anybody!

Next Fixtures:

Ewood Park awaits us next weekend and an encounter with Blackburn Rovers, could that be the game in which we are officially declared Champions?




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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday May 7 2011

Time: 7:23PM

Your Comments

A draw or a win here and the title looks pretty much ours.
TheFamousNo7
we will be laughing at the wrong side of our mouths come sunday.
tenkorang
Congratulations to United. You turned up for the match. Well done and well deserved. Can't see you beating Barcelona though!
Blue_Mel
Congrats to you lot. I think if we look back the whole season Manu have been the most consistent team with terrific home record. So I think its fair you will win the league this year. We will come back stronger than ever before.
Keyser Soze
What a fantastic performance,each and every player deserves a pat on the back.Simply stunning,simply United.
Antriksh (abmtd)
Today we totally dominated them,it could have easily been a cricket score for us but for some erratic finishing from Rooney but its ok he was still good alongside the other 10.The MOM could easily be any of the 11 present for us today but if I have to give any one it would be Parky,what a steal at 4million,again a lot of credit should be given to our scouting system for snatching him.
Antriksh (abmtd)
I won't be sleeping tonight I guess,even if I try I don't think I'll have a sound sleep,so thank u UTD for giving us this happiness and long may it continue and also congratulations to the UTD family around the world I hope u people party hard tonight!!!
Antriksh (abmtd)
antriksh, they deserve a pat on the back, and dont forget all the $$$$ for every game! heh! well done though! 18+1=19!!! My math skills are getting scary!
alexpant
Just one last thing before I leave,I would like to thank Blue,Keyser and any other Chelsea supporter who comes out here to congratulate us,well u guys did well to comeback in the title race when u people seemed to be out but in the end it wasn't enough and got beaten by the better team in the end.So all I will say is that we will wait for u guys when the season begins again and I'm pretty sure we will have a good fight till the end with UTD winning again!!!GLORY,GLORY MAN UTD!!!
Antriksh (abmtd)
Ofcourse alexpant that goes without saying........hahahahaha
Antriksh (abmtd)
Chuffed to bits. Antkrish, my sentiments exactly the whole team was quite simply faultless and without a doubt Valencia, Giggs and Park were instrumental to that massive win. Myself though voted all of them, they were simply out of this world, made a so called 'superior' Chelsea look, well, worse than average. As for sleeping, who needs it?
TheFamousNo7
I would also like to say good game Chelsea well played. Also, thanks to the Chelsea fans who are wishing us well and being humble in defeat. However, I would also like to point out the Chelsea fans who were 'laughing' at the fact that they've done (as though they had won the game & league already) the greatest comeback ever. Those who knocked the ref when, in fairness, he had a great game and perhaps let Chelsea off on many occassions. Those who called our squad average and that it would be a travesty if we were to win the league. The irony of the few who said our best players were old. I know I should just be happy about the win but some of those comments left a real bitter taste in my mouth and as per usual the squad proved all the doubters wrong and done their talking on the pitch. A draw at Blackburn or Blackpool then bring on Barca!!!! UNITED!!!
TheFamousNo7
Pots and kettles come to mind no 7 ...i think you have left your own helpings of bitter tastes around during the season.
Blue_Mel
 

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