United throw away three points in injury time against Chelsea

Posted on February 08, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Man United, Premier League   No Comments »
Jesse Lingard scores against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
Jesse Lingard scores the opener against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

Manchester United were minutes away from a well overdue victory at Stamford Bridge, however Diego Costa – playing his first game against United for Chelsea – scored in injury time to deny Louis van Gaal’s men victory. United had played well throughout the game and the visitors deserved to pick up all three points, despite Chelsea’s late surge. Jesse Lingard scored the opener with a stunning shot on the turn to beat Thibaut Courtois in the 61st minute. David De Gea was called into action on a number of occasions making a world class save from Branislav Ivanovic’s volley and keeping out fellow Spaniard Cesc Fabregas at the near post.

Louis van Gaal was disappointed with his United side for switching off in the last fifteen minutes but praised the overall performance of the team. Here we discuss the United youngsters making waves in the first Xi and a much more exciting game – despite the disappointing end to the game.

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United much better against Chelsea but still winless in eight

Posted on December 29, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   1 Comment »
Manchester United’s Anthony Martial takes on the Chelsea defence in the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford

Manchester United finally put in a performance under the troubled reign of Louis van Gaal, however could only muster a 0-0 draw at home to Chelsea. The home side started with a flourish and hit the woodwork following a great layoff from Wayne Rooney to Juan Mata, who smashed the ball onto Thibaut Courtois’ crossbar. United were a lot more mobile and quicker with their passing compared to the horrendous performance put in against Stoke City on Boxing Day. Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger bossed the middle of the park, with Chelsea playing deep and looking to counter through Eden Hazard, who was operating as a lone frontman.

Anthony Martial, United’s brightest spark all evening, gave Branislav Ivanovic a torrid time on the left hand side and also smashed the woodwork, this time the inside of the Courtois’ post – before bouncing away from danger. The second half saw an improved Chelsea performance, however – it was United who were most likely to score and Ander Herrera saw Courtois pull off an unbelievable stop to deny the Spaniard the opener. However, it was Nemanja Matic who had, arguably, the best chance of the match but blazed the ball high and wide of the outrushing David De Gea. Willian was also lucky not to concede a penalty, when he handled in the box midway through the second half.

Wayne Rooney, who was voted the man of the match, had a great chance to win the match after Cameron Borthwick-Jackson put in a superb cross from the left hand side. The United captain, who is level with Denis Law on 237 goals for United, smashed the ball high into the Stretford End. He was also lucky to stay on the pitch following a nasty tackle on Brazilian Oscar late on.

Chelsea, who were poor, will be delighted with a point away from home in a game that they were very much second best. United on the other hand will be pleased with a much improved performance, but it is the same result for Louis van Gaal.

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Louis van Gaal’s future rests on victory over Chelsea

Posted on December 28, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »
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Robin van Persie smashed home a last minute equaliser against Chelsea last season

Is D-day finally here for Louis van Gaal? The under fire Manchester United boss saw his side completely outclassed and outfought by Stoke City on Boxing Day, with Memphis Depay putting in a performance that would warrant being dropped from the Dog and Duck Sunday side. United welcome Chelsea who offer some humour for the Old Trafford faithful due to the West London club having an even poorer season and are currently lingering in the bowels of the Premier League in 15th spot.

Michael Carrick, who will surpass Paddy Crerand’s appearances today if he plays (both on 397 appearances for United), has been very vocal regarding the need for unity in a “difficult time”. A difficult time is an understatement as it is 79 years since Manchester United lost five games in a row in a single season. That season was 1936/37 – when United lost 6-2 to Grimsby Town, 5-2 to Liverpool, 2-1 to Leeds United, 2-1 to Birmingham City and then 3-2 to Middlesbrough before drawing 2-2 with WBA to stop the rot. Scott Duncan was United manager in that period and managed to keep his job until the following season before resigning. United were relegated that season and although there is no chance of history repeating itself if United were to lose for a fifth time tonight – a top four finish will be unlikely.

Both Eden Hazard and Wayne Rooney, who have been extremely poor so far this season for their respected clubs, could both returned to the starting line ups this evening as they could only make the bench two days ago. Diego Costa is suspended for picking up a fifth booking of the season in the 2-2 draw against Watford. Chelsea have not won at Old Trafford since the 1-0 victory at the end of the 2012/13 season, when United were already crowned champions. United haven’t beaten the Londoners at home since the 3-1 victory in the Autumn of 2011/12, when Fernando Torres missed an open goal.

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Chelsea vs. Manchester United view from the oppo

Posted on April 18, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Man United, Premier League   No Comments »
Manchester United lost 3-1 at Chelsea last season with Samuel Eto’o scoring all three

Manchester United travel to league leaders Chelsea this evening knowing that they must not leave without three points to stand any potential chance of lifting the title, which of course would need to coincide with a monumental collapse by the Londoners. United are in great form and have picked up nine points in the games against Tottenham, Liverpool and most recently in the 4-2 victory over Manchester City.

The absence of Michael Carrick through injury is a massive blow to United who was instrumental in the victory last Sunday, getting on the ball and dominating the physically superior Yaya Toure. Phil Jones is also missing from the match day squad. Although Chelsea still have a game in hand, United will close the gap to five points with a victory at Stamford Bridge.

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Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea: No early handshakes

Posted on October 27, 2014  by El Rob  in Chelsea, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League   No Comments »
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Robin van Persie lashed home a dramatic (and deserved) equaliser in stoppage time.

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Manchester United were only the second side to deny Chelsea all three points in a league match, as the Reds secured a spirited 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. Louis van Gaal knew that his side needed to improve on the 2-2 draw with WBA last Monday and would have been impressed with his side’s first half performance.

United created numerous chances only to be thwarted by Thibaut Courtois, who received man of the match plaudits for his heroics. Chelsea were also unlucky in the first half when Dider Drogba tested David De Gea, who got down low to stop the Ivorian.

Eden Hazard had some exceptional moments and his dribbling was a threat as he frequently glided between United players. In the 52nd minute, the Belgian was through on goal, following another brilliant dribble to elude the United centre-backs, before striking the ball low and hard – only for De Gea to add another superlative save to his growing collection. Unfortunately for United, Drogba scored from the resulting corner, glancing a powerful Fabregas delivery past De Gea, with Van Persie slightly culpable after straying from the near post. Chelsea took the lead and started looking ominously comfortable.

Both sides were good value for their point, with United marginally on top in the first half and Chelsea having the better of the second… until the 94th minute. Here we discuss the talking points from a tense, engrossing football match, and as always we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Manchester United vs. Chelsea preview & view from the oppo

Posted on October 26, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »
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Manchester United take on Chelsea at Old Trafford in a must win game for the reds.

Manchester United welcome unbeaten Chelsea to Old Trafford and Louis van Gaal’s side need a win in order to close the gap at the top of the table. Both clubs will be looking to capitalise on Manchester City’s loss at West Ham United yesterday, however – Chelsea are sitting comfortably at the top of the table with 22 points, whilst United are in eight position with ten points less. Jose Mourinho has only lost once at Old Trafford, which came in the 2005/06 season following those disastrous matches against Middlesborough (the 4-1 defeat that promoted Roy Keane’s reaction in the now infamous MUTV interview) and in the Champions League against Lille (United were eliminated at the group stage). Darren Fletcher scored the winner that day and Louis van Gaal will hoping for more of the same come 4pm this afternoon.

United of course have looked very leaky in defence and the backline was all over the place for WBA’s second goal last Monday. There are doubts that joint Premier League top goalscorer Diego Costa will miss the fixture though illness, although Mourinho is confident that the Spanish striker will feature. United also have their striker concerns, with Wayne Rooney suspended and Falcao nursing an ankle injury – the Colombian is a doubt after picking up the injury in training on Friday.

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Juan Mata is “the best classic number ten in world football”

Posted on January 25, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Chelsea, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   1 Comment »
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With Juan Mata’s transfer from Chelsea on the verge of being completed, we’ve once again turned to Joe from over at Plains of Almeria for a bit of insight…

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Chelsea 3-1 Manchester United: Talking Points

Posted on January 20, 2014  by El Rob  in Chelsea, El Rob, Man United, Premier League   6 Comments »
Chelsea's Samuel Eto'o
Samuel Eto’o scores a hattrick for Chelsea against Manchester United

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As you may have heard, Manchester United went to Stamford Bridge and lost 3-1 to Chelsea in a slightly strange game. United played some very decent football, especially in the first fifteen minutes, yet they were fully deserving of the defeat. Moreover, they lost to a Chelsea side that didn’t play particularly well, and who only moved out of second gear three or four times in the entire match. Here are some thoughts on the game – as usual, we’d love to hear from both sets of fans in the comments*.

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Chelsea vs. Manchester United match preview & view from oppo

Posted on January 19, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
Manchester United take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
Danny Welbeck takes on Oscar as Manchester United look to close the gap on Chelsea

Manchester United travel to Stamford Bridge in what will be the 170th clash between the two sides, as David Moyes’ men look to close the nine point gap between the two sides. United hosted Chelsea in Moyes’ first home game in charge, which ended in a dire 0-0 draw. The visitors are without Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie in attack, who were both ruled out on Friday whilst Jose Mourinho has stated that new signed Nemanja Matic will not start the game.

Mourinho’s last game in charge of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge against United ended in a 0-0 draw in May 2007, when United had already wrapped up the league title a week earlier. Chelsea went onto beat United 1-0 in the FA Cup final, with Didier Drogba scoring the winner after an extremely poor final performance from both sides. This was the last trophy won in England by the Portuguese and a win over United will no doubt keep the pace with leaders Arsenal and Manchester City, but it is a must win game Manchester United.

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Wayne Rooney returns as Chelsea hold United to 0-0 draw

Posted on August 27, 2013  by Stretford-end  in Chelsea, Man United, Match Reports   3 Comments »
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Wayne Rooney was back for Manchester United against Chelsea in the 0-0 draw

Manchester United drew 0-0 with Chelsea at Old Trafford, the first draw at home in the league since the 1-1 in 2003/04 and the first 0-0 since the 1994/95 campaign, as Wayne Rooney returned to the starting line up. Jose Mourinho made a significant change and started the game without a recognised forward. There were penalty claims for both sides, whilst Tom Cleverley impressed in the centre of the park. Neither side had a clear cut chance, although Danny Welbeck’s wild swing was probably the closest anyone came to scoring.

Here we discuss the talking points and welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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