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Quartet return to boost Reds at Chelsea

Ed February 4, 2012 Tags: , Matches 156 comments

Manchester United heads to London this weekend seeking to overturn a decade-long winless streak at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League. Although Sir Alex Ferguson’s men comfortably beat the Londoners in the Champions League last season, United hasn’t emerged victorious over Chelsea on the road, domestically, since 2001. With Manchester City moving three points ahead in the Premier League title race on Saturday night, Ferguson is desperate to turn the series of poor results around.

The Scot will have no better chance, with Ferguson welcoming back a quartet of injured stars into the United squad. While Wayne Rooney makes his expected comeback, wingers Nani and Ashley Young provide welcome, if surprising, additions to the United party travelling south.

Not before time, supporters might add, with the Reds facing a tough run of games before the spring. United’s visit to Chelsea is followed by games with Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and the double-header against Ajax in the coming weeks.

“We’ve done very well away from home this season and we need to be good from now on,” Ferguson told Inside United.

“We’ve got some really important away games in the run-in – Chelsea, Tottenham and Man City. They’re going to be crucial games. Games at Chelsea in the last few years have been tough and we’ve had terrible luck there which has caused us disappointing results. The players know what they need to do. They know their responsibilities and the standard and expectation at the club, and they have to carry those things with them when they go into games.”

Injuries have provided a consistent backdrop to the season, with up to 11 stars sat out of matches in recent weeks. Indeed, long-term casualties Darren Fletcher and Nemanja Vidić will not play again this season, but Ferguson is close to bringing midfielder Tom Cleverley back into the fold.

Chelsea verus Manchester United, Premier League, Stamford Bridge, 5 February 2012, 4pm.But it is the defensive unit that the Scot will be most satisfied with. While Fábio da Silva remains on the sidelines, brother Rafael will compete with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones for a slot at right-back in Ferguson’s side. Indeed, with Rio Ferdinand fit, Ferguson can boast more defensive options than at almost any point this season.

“We’re a bit better in terms of injuries,” Ferguson confirmed on Friday.

“We hope Wayne Rooney, Nani, Tom Cleverley and Ashley Young will all be in the squad. It’s more likely Tom will play against Chelsea Reserves on Monday, but he’ll travel. Rooney and Nani have trained for the last two days.

“When Ashley got his injury at Fulham it was just at a point when his game was starting to shade a little bit because his early form was fantastic and we were really pleased with him. But there was just a couple of games before his injury when it looked as if we were ready to give him a break anyway. It was an enforced one and he is really fresh now. His training performances for the last two weeks have been really good.

“It is good to have players back because we have, in fairness to the players who have been carrying the burden of limited resources, done fantastically well. The only pressure when you get your full squad is on me picking the team now. That is the biggest pressure when you get them all back, who do you play and who do you leave out? It is not going to be easy.”

Much criticised goalkeeper David de Gea is likely to return between the posts after overcoming a heavy cold. Dane Anders Lindegaard is set to miss six weeks after turning his ankle in training, meaning an extended run in the side for young Spaniard de Gea. And Ferguson this week hit back at critics of the 21-year-old stopper, who was singled-out by some pundits for his part in Liverpool’s opening goal last weekend.

“When you make a mistake at United, it is highlighted and can be exaggerated a little bit,” said Ferguson.

“They are mistakes and he wants to address it himself. He will do so through maturity and the understanding of the English game. That is not easy. It is harder when you are replacing Edwin van der Sar and Peter Schmeichel. They are probably two of the greatest goalkeepers in European football over the last 40 years. I found it difficult to replace them. That’s why we went for a young replacement, who would develop and mature into the position because the potential is there.”

For the second time in a week United’s game will be played amid the backdrop of racism. United, and especially Patrice Evra, faced a partizan Anfield crowd in the FA Cup last weekend following Luis Suárez’ racial abuse of the United defender. Meanwhile, at Stamford Bridge, much of the pre-match talk has centered on John Terry, the Chelsea captain now stripped of a similar honour with England. Terry will face a July court date after being accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

However, with Terry still on the sidelines through injury, Anton’s brother Rio will not have to face the dubious prospect of shaking Terry’s hand pre-match – a diplomatic incident few bar those in the fourth estate would enjoy. Terry’s absence almost certainly means a début for England defender Gary Cahill, signed from Bolton Wanderers for £7 million during the winter transfer window.

Left-back Ashley Cole also misses out after being dismissed against Swansea in midweek, while Didier Drogba is still away at the Africa Cup of Nations. Manager Jose Villas-Boas will choose between Frank Lampard and the returning Michael Essien in midfield.

Despite the high-profile absentees Chelsea has history on side for this particular fixture. The Londoners are unbeaten in the last nine home league games against United, since a 3-0 defeat nearly ten years ago. Although Ferguson’s side has rarely enjoyed the rub of the green in that time, the Scot’s side has scored only three times in the past eight matches at Stamford Bridge.

United did, of course, emerge victorious in last season’s Champions League quarter-final, with Rooney scoring the only goal of the match.

However, Ferguson’s side boasts the best away record of any top-flight side – a remarkable turnaround from last season’s tortuous form on the road. And in Antonio Valencia Ferguson will also call on the league’s most in-form player. The Ecuadorian winger has provided nine assists in as many games.

Yet, it will still take a significant improvement in United’s form to close the gap on City this weekend. Following last weekend’s FA Cup loss to Liverpool, United beat Stoke City in midweek. That may have been a routine victory on paper, but the 2-0 win came after the Reds’ managed just two strikes on target – both penalties.

Match details
Chelsea verus Manchester United, Premier League, Stamford Bridge, 5 February 2012, 4pm.

Potential Line-ups
Chelsea: (4-3-3): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Bosingwa; Romeu, Meireles, Lampard; Mata, Torres, Sturridge. Subs from: Turnbull, Essien, Malouda, Ferreira, Piazon, Lukaku.

United (4-4-1-1): de Gea; Smalling, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra; Valencia, Scholes, Carrick, Nani; Rooney, Welbeck. Subs from: Amos, Kuszazck, Rafael, Jones, Fryers, Cole, Giggs, Park, Pogba, Hernández, Berbatov.

Performance Stats

  • Chelsea could only take a point away from the side’s last Premier League game against Swansea City. Jose Bosingwa’s shot was going off target before Joe Allen deflected it in for Chelsea to equalise;
  • Juan Mata covered the most ground for Chelsea in that game with 6.58 miles
  • Bosingwa has won 72 per cent of tackles attempted this season, has made 44 interceptions, and delivered 47 crosses, while making three assists;
  • Chelsea striker Fernando Torres may be struggling in front of goal, but his work rate is paying dividends for the team. The striker has attempted 38 tackles so far this season, the seventh highest in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index;
  • United scored two penalties to beat Stoke 2-0 on Tuesday night, with Michael Carrick coveringt he most ground – 6.65 miles – for the Reds in the game;
  • Javier Hernández and Dimitar Berbatov each scored their seventh goals of the season from the spot after fouls on Ji Sung Park and Valencia;
  • Berbatov’s goals have come from 14 attempts at goal, while Hernandez’ have come from 27 attempts;
  • Park covered 6.36 miles in the game, behind only top runner Michael Carrick. Park has two goals and three assists to his name this season, and has also completed a pass in his opponent’s half every three minutes 40 seconds.

Form
Chelsea: WWWDWD
United: LWWWLW

Officials
Referee: Howard Webb (Rotherham)
Assistants: D Cann, M McDonough
Fourth Official: P Dowd

156 comments

Jamil - February 4, 2012 Reply

You really think Scholes will start given he played 90 mins against Stoke? More likely Giggs to play alongside Carrick in my opinion.

Alfonso Bedoya - February 4, 2012 Reply

“With Manchester City moving six points ahead in the Premier League title race on Saturday night, Ferguson is desperate to turn the series of poor results around.”

It’s only 3 points Ed…

Bred Red - February 4, 2012 Reply

Ummmm, maybe the EPL are so scared of Manchester United getting their hands on number 20 they are awarding 6 points for a win by any of their, Manchester United, opposition OR perhaps the Shiek is ‘giving away shares in his oil cartel’ to the EPL for forgetting how to add up. Of course we know it is a ‘potential differential points tally’ SHOULD Manchester United get tossed by the other Oil Baron’s team; CHEL$KI.

Aspen - February 5, 2012 Reply

Where did you get the 6 points from?huh

Dresilved - February 4, 2012 Reply

Very poor journalism, how could you spend so much time writing that article and get the most important piece of info wrong….. 3 pts not 6

Ed - February 4, 2012 Reply

Dresilved – brings out all the internet trolls the cold weather. If you’re so fucking smart, you start a blog and write 1,400 words without any errors. No?

Alfonso Bedoya - February 4, 2012 Reply

Big game for de Gea… teams are going to keep targeting him until he learns… and United need him to learn sooner, not later.

Ed - February 4, 2012 Reply

Alfonso – very true, although I’m not sure Chelsea will launch it in quite the same way that Liverpool did.

sidney - February 4, 2012 Reply

Cleverley lives, yes

If De Gea starts then we’ll do well to get a win

Keep an eye out in the first 5 minutes to see if he’s asking for every decision from the ref

If he is then we’re fucked, and I’ll take a draw

Alfonso Bedoya - February 4, 2012 Reply

Ed said:
Alfonso – very true, although I’m not sure Chelsea will launch it in quite the same way that Liverpool did.

At least they don’t have Drogba…

By the way Ed…

After all we’ve been through… I think you can call me Alf…

Ed - February 5, 2012 Reply

Alf – that’s touching. I’m feeling kinda emotional here Alf. I’m not afraid to say there may be a a tear.

By the way – looks like we’ll be ok for the game. Stamford Bridge clear. http://www.camvista.com/sports/football/chelsea01.php3

Although it was last year too…

sheesh - February 4, 2012 Reply

Why is everyone getting their hopes up about the game going ahead?

Terence M. Stanton - February 5, 2012 Reply

A.M.D.G.

Outstanding stuff. I live in Orchard Park, NY, and I’m a regular reader and listen to the podcast. Please keep up the fantastic work. Manchester is Red and so is Western New York State.

Tusmeister - February 5, 2012 Reply

Fancy us for another narrow away win in London, Chelsea without Terry and Cole are a much weaker back four. Think Wellbeck & Rooney might just get a few chances. Only thing that’s cost us in the last couple of league games is bad refereeing so I don’t take much notice of the stats. We’re due a bit of luck.

19 and Counting - February 5, 2012 Reply

Hopefully we’ll get a game today. Heard the roads aren’t good and one match has been called off already.

sheesh - February 5, 2012 Reply

Chelsea have confirmed in last few mins that game goes ahead.

19 and Counting - February 5, 2012 Reply

Great news! Now let’s go out and get the 3 points!

han - February 5, 2012 Reply

i reckon this is either going to be an uphill struggle or piss easy this afternoon –
in the old days, we used to get turned over at OT but get a decent result at their place
not having dogbreath, hitler and money bags cole playing today is a bonus but they still have players who can hurt and ladyboy will no doubt play out of his foreskin against us

ltel - February 5, 2012 Reply

: De Gea; Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Young; Rooney, Welbeck

madredmonkey - February 5, 2012 Reply

Come on United, we need the 3 points.

Violent Banana - February 5, 2012 Reply

De gea to save a contentious last minute penalty.

madredmonkey - February 5, 2012 Reply

Commenter said:
De gea to save a contentious last minute penalty.

hope not, dont need the heart attack before it.

baloo - February 5, 2012 Reply

anyone got a sopcast channel?

Tommy - February 5, 2012 Reply

Fuck Rio

sidney - February 5, 2012 Reply

Rio being booed because his brother might have been racially abused

Headhunters as classy as ever

sidney - February 5, 2012 Reply

De Gea punching jesus wept

brianofnazareth - February 5, 2012 Reply

Penalty all day long!

If we get our acts together here we can whoop these twats!!

sidney - February 5, 2012 Reply

How was that not a freekick/pen

sidney - February 5, 2012 Reply

Fucking commentators… United fans singing RED ARMY and they credit it to the Nazi Headhunter scum

brianofnazareth - February 5, 2012 Reply

We’ve gone to sleep. Come on! let’s hit them with a couple!

madredmonkey - February 5, 2012 Reply

Come on United score.

brianofnazareth - February 5, 2012 Reply

Fuck Rooney!

sidney - February 5, 2012 Reply

We’re better than them

They’re shit

brianofnazareth - February 5, 2012 Reply

sidney said:
We’re better than them

They’re shit

I know that’s the frustrating thing, we haven’t won in 10 years at Stamford bridge!!

brianofnazareth - February 5, 2012 Reply

FUCKING HORRIFIC DEFENDING.

EVRA YOU COMPLETE USELESS CUNT

RIO JUST FUCK OFF AS WELL.

madredmonkey - February 5, 2012 Reply

evens you twat.

han - February 5, 2012 Reply

brianofnazareth said:
FUCKING HORRIFIC DEFENDING.

EVRA YOU COMPLETE USELESS CUNT

RIO JUST FUCK OFF AS WELL.

glad to see you still backing the lads as always

ltel - February 5, 2012 Reply

well tortured there.. evans knew nothing about it

han - February 5, 2012 Reply

OG was our best player 2 seasons ago
crap scoreline

sheesh - February 5, 2012 Reply

The weakest chelsea team in years and we are losing.

brianofnazareth - February 5, 2012 Reply

sheesh said:
The weakest chelsea team in years and we are losing.

Weakest United time in years too!

madredmonkey - February 5, 2012 Reply

brianofnazareth said:
Weakest United time in years too!

true.

han - February 5, 2012 Reply

we will score
our play is better
just need a bit of composure

brianofnazareth - February 5, 2012 Reply

Why are we trying to walk it in?

brianofnazareth - February 5, 2012 Reply

I hope we get a penalty today……

han - February 5, 2012 Reply

brianofnazareth said:
I hope we get a penalty today……

so rooney can miss it?
we should be ahead
evans unlucky
de gea again needs to look at his keeping
we have enough quality to score and win

Violent Banana - February 5, 2012 Reply

FFS

Alfonso Bedoya - February 5, 2012 Reply

Well… another quality goal from the Chavs.

sheesh - February 5, 2012 Reply

So little urgency to get the ball from back to front and so little clue what to do with the ball in the final third. We did more in those minutes after chelsea scored than we did beforehand. So pissed off. I wish we would stop moaning at the ref and get on with it.

Young has been wasteful, valencia insists on cutting inside every time he gets the ball.

han - February 5, 2012 Reply

chelsea are pretty much there for the taking if we get our heads together and get some decent crosses in from the wings

baloo - February 5, 2012 Reply

We’ve been the better side, should have had a penalty and were unlucky with the goal – I do wish some folks would stop bitchin’

We’ll win 2:1

sidney - February 5, 2012 Reply

We’re the better team but we’re getting done as usual at the Bridge

Violent Banana - February 5, 2012 Reply

Agreed, every bloody year….

sheesh - February 5, 2012 Reply

Come on you bastards. Come on.

han - February 5, 2012 Reply

aye
come on united
fuck the renters

brianofnazareth - February 5, 2012 Reply

Unless we can manage a settled back 4 we’re always going to struggle!

Vida I love you.

sheesh - February 5, 2012 Reply

Shit

han - February 5, 2012 Reply

oh fuck off

brianofnazareth - February 5, 2012 Reply

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Someone has swapped Evra for his afterbirth.

madredmonkey - February 5, 2012 Reply

fuck off.

brianofnazareth - February 5, 2012 Reply

This is the laughable if our decline wasn’t so clear.

han - February 5, 2012 Reply

now time to show we have balls if we are going to retain the title

uncleknobheadforfucksake - February 5, 2012 Reply

evra is just shit, has been for ages

brianofnazareth - February 5, 2012 Reply

Who’s picking up Mata?

Why do Evra not understand how to be a left back?

We’re getting walked over by the shittest Chelski side in 10 years!

han - February 5, 2012 Reply

brianofnazareth said:
This is the laughable if our decline wasn’t so clear.

oh go suck uncles cock u fucking twat

baloo - February 5, 2012 Reply

I meant 2:3

ltel - February 5, 2012 Reply

smashing goal all the same.. terrible defending….

brianofnazareth - February 5, 2012 Reply

Evra is fucked. Get him off.

han - February 5, 2012 Reply

fucking joke now

brianofnazareth - February 5, 2012 Reply

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

RIO is finished.

sheesh - February 5, 2012 Reply

We are getting raped.

han - February 5, 2012 Reply

this is getting embarrassing now

han - February 5, 2012 Reply

sweet pea on
we need miracles not out of form players

madredmonkey - February 5, 2012 Reply

shambles.

ltel - February 5, 2012 Reply

left hand side of defence is shocking.. rio is finished, evra too, id have fabio or fryers on first now…

Violent Banana - February 5, 2012 Reply

Have we performed in a single second half this season?

Gabagool - February 5, 2012 Reply

Didn’t see the game but gotta be happy with a point after being three down. Agree with poster above that there’s some moaning cunts on here, switching tv off halfway through? Disgraceful!
We just need to stay within a couple of points til we play shitty in April, that’ll decide the title, and I reckon we’ll shit it in.

uncleknobheadforfucksake - February 5, 2012 Reply

another big game another loss

han - February 5, 2012 Reply

rio has been past it for a couple of seasons and needs to call it a day

madredmonkey - February 5, 2012 Reply

love to know what was said at half time, give up?

Simon - February 5, 2012 Reply

Pathetic second half shambles yet again. All that good play in the first half down the toilet like many other games. Lethargic on our left side again. I give up and I’ve switched the TV off with 40 minutes left. What a joke!

han - February 5, 2012 Reply

come on rooooooooooooooooooooooooooney

Alfonso Bedoya - February 5, 2012 Reply

It’s times like this that we really miss a Keane/Robson/Ince…

We’ve got no adrenaline pump in our team anymore.

sheesh - February 5, 2012 Reply

Well we got a goal

sidney - February 5, 2012 Reply

That#s probably not a pen

He’s evening it up

madredmonkey - February 5, 2012 Reply

only need 2 now.

Alfonso Bedoya - February 5, 2012 Reply

OK… get another, and then it’s game on.

Alfonso Bedoya - February 5, 2012 Reply

madredmonkey said:
only need 2 now.

3… a draw is for shit.

madredmonkey - February 5, 2012 Reply

Alfonso Bedoya said:
3… a draw is for shit.

better than nothing.

Violent Banana - February 5, 2012 Reply

Great pen

ltel - February 5, 2012 Reply

evra should be moved to midfield.. left footed player in that position is what we need. he is shit at defending now

uncleknobheadforfucksake - February 5, 2012 Reply

chelsea have beaten us with no leftback yet we have won and he’s the reason they’ve won

han - February 5, 2012 Reply

come on roooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooney

madredmonkey - February 5, 2012 Reply

3-2 need 1 more.

Alfonso Bedoya - February 5, 2012 Reply

Now we’ve got a game.

sidney - February 5, 2012 Reply

It’s on

Alfonso Bedoya - February 5, 2012 Reply

Chico you tit… the right ball was to Scholes…

han - February 5, 2012 Reply

fucking hell de gea again
give it to our midfield u twats

Alfonso Bedoya - February 5, 2012 Reply

The Renties playing for time already… very poor.

sidney - February 5, 2012 Reply

That Torres chance… exactly the same as Liverpool’s second goal in the Cup

Goal kick, flick on, chance

Totally shit defending from us

han - February 5, 2012 Reply

sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet peeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeea

madredmonkey - February 5, 2012 Reply

3-3 yes, one more?

Alfonso Bedoya - February 5, 2012 Reply

Ha!!!!!!!!!!

Now let’s get the winner…………….

baloo - February 5, 2012 Reply

uncleknobheadforfucksake said:
chelsea have beaten us with no leftback yet we have won and he’s the reason they’ve won

sidney - February 5, 2012 Reply

All that for a point, fuuucking hell

De Gea was clas overall

Some epic saves at the end

Alfonso Bedoya - February 5, 2012 Reply

Fuck… a winner would have been sweet, but still, the Chavs will feel sick… so that’s nice.

sidney - February 5, 2012 Reply

Bullshit defending is undermining our decent performance

Alfonso Bedoya - February 5, 2012 Reply

sidney said:
All that for a point, fuuucking hell

De Gea was clas overall

Some epic saves at the end

Aye… he had the chance to stop some shots… instead of just thrash about at set pieces…

uncleknobheadforfucksake - February 5, 2012 Reply

we were clear favourites and could only nick a draw

Dinkinflicker - February 5, 2012 Reply

Almost a top drawer performance. A point is a great result from 3-0 down but yet again we fail to win despite beng the dominant side for the vast majority of the game.

Fuck me we miss Vidic.

han - February 5, 2012 Reply

point gained when we were dead and buried
shades of spuds away 2003 for a while but cannot be vexed with that result today after the 1st 10 mins of the second half
if only we had a steady defence we would have walked away with the title by now
rio needs to take a bow and retire, evra is making errors of judgement more often and evans still doesn’t look confident under pressure
ffs we are relying on pensioners in the middle and i still can’t understand why the boss won’t play with berba in the middle if he doesnt want him to partner rooney – i mean we have nowt to lose but leaving him on the bench is so pointless

sheesh - February 5, 2012 Reply

Whilst I applaud the players for coming back from a potentially heavy defeat to snatch a point, I can’t help but feel that we missed a huge opportunity to finally win at Stamford Bridge.
Such a weak Chelsea team…and the way they played in the first half betrayed a lack of confidence. Yet we handed them the initiative with shite defending.
Yes, our defending was shite and cost us 3 goals but what I want to know is why we showed so little purpose in the final 3rd in the 1st half – yet we suddenly woke up when we were 3-0 down.
We had the same problems at Anfield last week – comfortable in possession but fucking awful at the back (left back especially) and lost in the final third. Young was poor today. I know he came back from a lengthy lay-off but, still, no excuse.
You can have all the possession in the world but if you don’t do anything with the ball it’s pointless and you can end up getting stung – as we did when we went 1-0 down.

sidney - February 5, 2012 Reply

Alfonso Bedoya said:
Aye… he had the chance to stop some shots… instead of just thrash about at set pieces…

Chelsea didn’t test him in the way they should have

They didn’t rough him up or put balls over his head, really

There was one early on, but that was it

sidney - February 5, 2012 Reply

In other news Torres is still shit

Dinkinflicker - February 5, 2012 Reply

I agree with sheesh.

Watch the torres chance at 3-2. rio is done of easily for the flick and then begs for the free kick,

He’s done.

squigs - February 5, 2012 Reply

uncleknobheadforfucksake said:
we were clear favourites and could only nick a draw

We were not favorites to win that game and haven’t won at Stamford Bridge for 10 years in the league.

Great comeback.

madredmonkey - February 5, 2012 Reply

great save from De Gea at the end.

Violent Banana - February 5, 2012 Reply

What a save by De Gea at the end. It was with the “wrong” hand as well.
Brilliant comeback – finally a second half performance to be proud. And fergie has got to take huge credit for the substitutions.
And you never know, that could be a huge point at the end of the season…

madredmonkey - February 5, 2012 Reply

sweet peas movement on the 3rd goal, was class.

uncleknobheadforfucksake - February 5, 2012 Reply

we were favourites to win against a chelsea missing terry lampard cole mikel and drogba, we won there last time we played there, this is all more relevant than what happened ten years ago

kramer - February 5, 2012 Reply

good result considering we were 3-0 down. but it was criminal defending that got us there in the first place. and then we had a couple of dodgy penalties.
anyway, hopefully this will give us some confidence, with nani and cleverley due to return.

sidney - February 5, 2012 Reply

madredmonkey said:
sweet peas movement on the 3rd goal, was class.

Another Giggs/Hernandez goal

Rooney does well initially in that move. He takes the ball, finds space and hits the target. Proper striker play.

Best game he’s had for a while

brianofnazareth - February 5, 2012 Reply

Finally Fergie admits he’s wrong, stated in the after match chat with good old Geoff that he should have started with Hernandez over Welbeck.He went on to say that Welbeck will be a top player but he’s handing over to Hernandez. I totally agree*

I cannot disagree with that, Welbeck might come into his own in a year or two but Hernandez must start when fit.

*This is my personal opinion and not representative of any 3rd parties.

madredmonkey - February 5, 2012 Reply

In the end , its a point won, that point could be vital.

madredmonkey - February 5, 2012 Reply

ANOTHER ROLLERCOASTER OF EMOTIONS WATCHING A UNITED MATCH.

sheesh - February 5, 2012 Reply

brianofnazareth said:
Finally Fergie admits he’s wrong, stated in the after match chat with good old Geoff that he should have started with Hernandez over Welbeck.He went on to say that Welbeck will be a top player but he’s handing over to Hernandez. I totally agree*

I cannot disagree with that, Welbeck might come into his own in a year or two but Hernandez must start when fit.

*This is my personal opinion and not representative of any 3rd parties.

Hernandez should have started today if only because he loves playing against Chelsea. Some strikers play well against certain teams. I was amazed he was left on the bench.

ltel - February 5, 2012 Reply

nice

madredmonkey - February 5, 2012 Reply

Garry Neville was shattered in the sky studio after that.

Snoopcousins - February 5, 2012 Reply

Rooney deserved that MoM…
Pity the defines didn’t have as much class..

Could be a MASSIVE point tho as City’s GD is so much better, we don’t want to keep being 3 points behind (which would effectively be 4)

madredmonkey - February 5, 2012 Reply

quite fantastic save that.

MANCHESTER IS MY HEAVEN- SIR MATT BUSBY

kramer - February 5, 2012 Reply

Commenter said:
Could be a MASSIVE point tho as City’s GD is so much better, we don’t want to keep being 3 points behind (which would effectively be 4)

that’s a good point.

still, we should have beaten that chelsea team comfortably.

squigs - February 5, 2012 Reply

uncleknobheadforfucksake said:
we were favourites to win against a chelsea missing terry lampard cole mikel and drogba, we won there last time we played there, this is all more relevant than what happened ten years ago
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Odds available
Chelsea 7/4 2.75
Man United 19/10 2.90
Draw 23/10 3.30

We were favorites in your own John Terry loving head. I forgot that we were so clearly at full strength ourselves. We don’t win at Chelsea often and I would taken a draw before the game but the nature of the comeback did impress me.

Alfonso Bedoya - February 5, 2012 Reply

uncleknobheadforfucksake said:
we were clear favourites and could only nick a draw

Bloody hell Knobby…

Don’t you ever take a day off moaning?

sidney - February 5, 2012 Reply

Knobby’s right though, we should have won that game on paper
But football is played on grass, and under the circumstances (dodgy as fuck ref, wanker defenders, no Vidic), we did well to get a point

kramer - February 5, 2012 Reply

scholes is still crazily good. a couple of sloppy forward passes, but the way he makes the team tick is just astonishing. we’re too fucking reliant on him.

sheesh - February 5, 2012 Reply

Alfonso Bedoya said:
Bloody hell Knobby…

Don’t you ever take a day off moaning?

To be fair, Alf, I can see where he’s coming from.

Given the players Chelsea were missing today, and the fact that we had players like Rooney and Young back in the side, I would have been disappointed with anything less than 3 points before the start of the game.

Obviously, given what transpired, a draw doesn’t feel as bad…but I’m not over the moon about it.

Our players will take a lot from today’s result, and they should, but we can’t keep giving silly goals away.

We won’t really know whether it was a point gained or lost until the end of the season IMO.

Alfonso Bedoya - February 5, 2012 Reply

sidney said:
Knobby’s right though, we should have won that game on paper

But football played on grass, and under the circumstances (dodgy as fuck ref, wanker defenders, no Vidic), we did well to get a point

The Bitters dropped all 3 here before Christmas.

Alfonso Bedoya - February 5, 2012 Reply

sheesh said:
To be fair, Alf, I can see where he’s coming from.
Given the players Chelsea were missing today, and the fact that we had players like Rooney and Young back in the side, I would have been disappointed with anything less than 3 points before the start of the game.
Obviously, given what transpired, a draw doesn’t feel as bad…but I’m not over the moon about it.
Our players will take a lot from today’s result, and they should, but we can’t keep giving silly goals away.
We won’t really know whether it was a point gained or lost until the end of the season IMO.

“Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.””Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”

Violent Banana - February 5, 2012 Reply

Forget the players Chelsea were missing – what about Vidic, Cleverley, Nani, Lindegaard, Jones, Anderson and Fletcher??

sheesh - February 5, 2012 Reply

Commenter said:
Forget the players Chelsea were missing – what about Vidic, Cleverley, Nani, Lindegaard, Jones, Anderson and Fletcher??

We have better strength in depth to compensate.

Violent Banana - February 5, 2012 Reply

So that makes up for us missing key players? And who in our squad can possibly compensate for Vidic? Or Cleverley – who offers something completely different to any of our other midfielders.

sidney - February 5, 2012 Reply

Alfonso Bedoya said:
The Bitters dropped all 3 here before Christmas.

Aye. A Chelsea rent boy on 606 said he would have bitten your hand off for a draw before kick off

In other news what are we going to do about Evra

Where’s Fabio

Alfonso Bedoya - February 5, 2012 Reply

sheesh said:
To be fair, Alf, I can see where he’s coming from.

Given the players Chelsea were missing today, and the fact that we had players like Rooney and Young back in the side, I would have been disappointed with anything less than 3 points before the start of the game.

Obviously, given what transpired, a draw doesn’t feel as bad…but I’m not over the moon about it.

Our players will take a lot from today’s result, and they should, but we can’t keep giving silly goals away.

We won’t really know whether it was a point gained or lost until the end of the season IMO.

The Renties miss Terry… we miss Vidic more.

The Renties miss Drogba… we miss Nani more.

Young is gash, and so is our defense…

The only reason you’d have fancied us today, is because of Chelseas current position in the table… it suggests they’re worse than they actually are.

In my opinion… their biggest problem is House Snakes… seriously, what the fuck does the Cossack see in that useless cunt?

He sacked a class manager like Ancelotti, for that numpty…

He might be a billionaire… but he’s thick as shit when it comes to running a football club.

han - February 5, 2012 Reply

fuck off we were favorites
aye the same fucking horoscope/gypsy rose making us favorites against city, blackburn and newcastle
i know you spout shit often but with our dodgy defence, pensionable midfield and piss poor recent record at this ground, a point gained after being 3 down is something to be celebrated and not berated
fucking coco the knobhead clown

DeadRevel - February 5, 2012 Reply

Amusing reading the comments after the games finished.

Half of you are pessimistic whinging cunts.

Brian is just a cunt.

Superb display from De Gea.

I want to stab Alan Green in the fucking balls. Irish cunt. Him, Danny Mills… all biased Scouse wankers.

Could have had 5 pens today, should have had 3, we got 2. And yet somehow this is evidence of pro-United bias.

Dry your eyes.

squigs - February 5, 2012 Reply

I’m his biggest critic but Carrick was excellent and has been consistently good since Newcastle. He gives a balance that hasn’t been there for a while

DeadRevel - February 5, 2012 Reply

Yeah he was brilliant today. Much better than Rooney, don’t know how we got MotM. He was average at best, well taken pens but not much else. Poor first touch and dodgy passes.

I agree about Hernandez starting – would have made sense. Doesn’t change the fact that Welbeck is in better form though.

sheesh - February 5, 2012 Reply

Alf, on paper at least, they ought to have missed Terry more than we missed Vidic. They have no other natural leaders in the side. We have Ferdinand, Evra, Rooney and Giggs.
In defence we at least had the experience of Ferdinand. I know Evans was shit today but I don’t think he’s been our worst defender this season.
We had strong attacking options, we had a wealth of strikers to pick from.
Who can compensate for Cleverley? Why, Paul Scholes, of course. He should have started the game today. Him not starting with Giggs on the left is probably the reason why we looked so clueless up front in the first half.
“So that makes up for us missing key players?”
Well…uh…yeah.
Edit – Alf, you mean to tell me that an out of form Torres is an adequate replacement for Drogba? Pull the other one, mate!

sheesh - February 5, 2012 Reply

Commenter said:
Amusing reading the comments after the games finished.

Half of you are pessimistic whinging cunts.

Brian is just a cunt.

Dinkinflicker - February 5, 2012 Reply

Vidic = best centre half in the country. Any side would miss him.

Bizarre game. Gotta be glad with a draw after being 3-0 down but we were the better side for 80 minutes. best performance at anfield and the bridge for a few years and we’ve won neither. Such is life.

I have a feeling that a combination of not being quite solid enough at the back and not quite ruthless enough up front will cost us come may. And ironally enough its centre midfield that’s seen as being the biggest issue for us.

han - February 5, 2012 Reply

Commenter said:
Didn’t see the game but gotta be happy with a point after being three down. Agree with poster above that there’s some moaning cunts on here, switching tv off halfway through? Disgraceful!
We just need to stay within a couple of points til we play shitty in April, that’ll decide the title, and I reckon we’ll shit it in.

theres only 2 moaning cunts on here and they know who they are

Pikey McScum - February 5, 2012 Reply

Commenter said:

I want to stab Alan Green in the fucking balls. Irish cunt.

You racist cunt

But Alan Green was disowned as an Irishman a long time ago

And WTF were them cunts booing Ferdinand? Thick cunts

squigs - February 5, 2012 Reply

To add to leaving early and booing at the end. Rancid spoilt fanbase.

captainhormone - February 6, 2012 Reply

han said:
theres only 2 moaning cunts on here and they know who they are

LKHF

KNOBCAP

bman - February 8, 2012 Reply

Alfonso Bedoya said:
T.

In my opinion… their biggest problem is House Snakes… seriously, what the fuck does the Cossack see in that useless cunt?

He sacked a class manager like Ancelotti, for that numpty…

He might be a billionaire… but he’s thick as shit when it comes to running a football club.

I agree, and apparently he spent £28M to ditch Ancelotti : http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2012/feb/08/chelsea-accounts-villas-boas-ancelotti

Madness

sidney - February 8, 2012 Reply

FFP should offer managers more protection

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