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Samuel Eto’o scores a hattrick for Chelsea against Manchester United
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*.
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.
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.
Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck takes on Chelsea’s Oscar
David Moyes’ first league match at home couldn’t come much tougher as Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea take on United at Old Trafford. No doubt, Wayne Rooney’s inclusion will be the main talking point before kick off, considering Chelsea have made two failed bids for the player. Rooney was a substitute against Swansea City last weekend, but was able to notch up two assists when he came on to the pitch. Chelsea were victorious at Old Trafford last season, with a late strike from Juan Mata, although United did already have the league title wrapped up.
We have a great view from the opposition were we discuss United opting for Moyes over Mourinho, Kevin De Bruyne and Chelsea’s pursuit of Wayne Rooney. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.
David Moyes takes on Chelsea and Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.
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There has been plenty of talk about the difficulty of United’s opening fixtures, and one view would certainly conclude that facing Mourinho’s Chelsea later in the schedule would have been more beneficial – but perhaps Chelsea’s early visit gives David Moyes a chance to show the rest of the league what he and the team are all about. Whilst it is true that United are currently lacking in the midfield department (and the transfer dallying has left a lot to be desired thus far), it can’t have been easy for the squad to stomach the ‘third favourites’ tag, particularly after such a comfortable ride last term.
David Moyes will be hoping Robin van Persie will fire Manchester United to another title
Every season its the same. The predictions, the hope of glory in ten months time, the arguing with rivals fans up and down the country as we’re all on a level playing field – yes, the league campaign kicks off on Saturday. Fast forward to the end of each season from the dreamy summers of 92, 98 and 2012 and you will see Fergie’s hands around yet another trophy, will May 2014 see David Moyes’ debut season at Old Trafford end in triumph? Take a look at what we think below in our preview special.
Juan Mata has been linked with a move to Manchester United in exchange for Wayne Rooney
No sooner had the fax, email or carrier pigeon (whatever clubs use to send a transfer deal across these days) been discussed with the FC Barcelona board over the potential sale of Cesc Fabregas, another talented Spaniard popped into the thoughts of United fans. The extremely gifted and quick footed Juan Mata was the subject of immense excitement this morning following the news that Chelsea had indeed bid £10million,and a player, for want away forward Wayne Rooney.
The players suggested for exchange were Juan Mata and some other bloke. United fans were laughing at the bid. Had Jose Mourinho continued his ‘egg’ madness since he left these shores in 2007? £10million and Juan Mata for Rooney? Amongst all the chaos and gossip, one thing was clear – United had rejected the bid out of hand, which would make any United fan angry and confused. Or, were United rejecting a different bid from Chelsea?
United played Chelsea for a fifth and final time this season. Chelsea needed to get something from the game to keep up the pressure on Spurs ahead of their big clash on Wednesday whilst United are champions already and although they had nothing to play for, a strong side was still put out, albeit with a few changes. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of supporters.
Oscar challenges Danny Welbeck as Manchester United and Chelsea do battle
The Champions welcome Europa league finalists Chelsea to Old Trafford for the fifth and final time this season. Chelsea are currently sitting in third place, a point ahead of Arsenal and three ahead of Tottenham as they battle it out for a Champions League spot for next season. Manchester United on the other hand are looking to finish the season on a high and end the campaign with 94 points.
United and Chelsea last played in an FA Cup replay at the start of April, with the London club winning the match 1-0. United threw away a two nil advantage in the first game and, despite Cech’s excellent save from Hernandez, didn’t really challenge in the replay.
The 3-1 victory over Chelsea last season seems a lifetime ago, but hopefully this Sunday’s clash will be as entertaining (even for Torres’ laughable miss). Here, we look at the match preview and welcome comments from both sets of fans.