Controversies Kill the Game
It was a game of two heavyweights. Top of the table clash that always produce the best from both teams. Man United was looking for their first win at Stamford Bridge for a decade now. Ferguson already heat up the game by saying things were not went on their way when playing at the Bridge. Boosted by home wins against Braga in the midweek where again they came from behind, Man United seemed had a slight advantage. They were fresher compared to Chelski who had long trip back from Ukraine. Surprise 2-1 lost to Shakhtar Donestk should put Chelski at least minimum pressure.
With JT looking from the stand, Chelski frailty in defense showed. With Man United was ruthless mood, their fluid passing open up Chelski defense. Man United needed only four minutes to score from the kick off. Valencia was dominances at right wing tormenting Ashley Cole. The England fullback really had a nightmare at least for the first 30 minutes as Valencia passed him frequently at ease. Great interplay on the right Rooney had all the time to check the position of Van Persie. His cross met the Ducthman and later produced his trademark finishing that hit the post. The rebound hit David Luiz and went back into the net. Some say it was lucky but atleast Van Persie hit the post with Petr Cech rooted. Then came the second goal after eight minutes of the first. Almost in the same fashion but this time the cross was delivered by Valencia. Van Persie hit it hard and low again no chance Cech.
At this time I was feeling that Man United will score everytimes they moved forward. But I also had the feeling if Chelksi pulled a goal back then it will be Chelski game as they were playing at the Bridge. So I was kind of yelling ‘hold on until 55 minutes’. For me if Man United could hold on until 55 minutes the Red Devils could win the game. Then before half time Rooney gave away a free kick in the dangerous area. Stepped in Juan Mata and he scored a beauty.
The second half resume and Chelski continued where they left. They kept pressing Man United and their hard work paid off. Ramires scored the equalizer from the header in 53 minutes. Now the game could go either way. By looking how Chelski plays one could easily predict that the host should be the winner.
Then Man United was given hope. Ivanovic was sent off after he was judged to bring down Ashley Young. The England man was having a bad game but this was his biggest contribution in this game. Ferguson quickly thrown in Hernandez for Rooney. May be in the same time to protect Rooney from red card. In almost the same time Chelski sent in Cesar Azpilicueta to fill Ivanovic postion. Sadly Oscar had to go. But Chelski was not to give up easily. They were preparing Sturridge to replace Torres. While Sturridge was ready to go in, Torres was send off for second yellow card.
The drama was far from over. With great numerical advantage Man United kept the ball and tried to find the killer pass. Then Hernandez scored. After an initial shot by Van Persie was saved by Cezh, Hernandez tapped in Rafael shot. However he was clearly offside.
Well credit to Chelski as they never gave in. Really like their line up especially in the midfield. There were a lot of energy and creativity in that area. Hazard, Mata and Oscar really controlling the midfield. Ramires and Mikel just sit deep to cover.
While Man United really look impressive in the first 30 minutes. Then they collapsed. Luck still with Man United. I agreed that Torres should never been sent off in that game.