Honours Even

So it was honours even at Old Trafford on Sunday, as it finished 1-1 between Manchester United and Chelsea. I think it’s fair to say that this was a fair result, with neither team being a dominate force in the game. I think therefore both teams should be happy with a point. On the day when we put the clocks back Chelsea went back in time with Drogba starting upfront with Diego Costa missing due to injury and illness. I was very surprised that Costa wasn’t even on the bench despite Mourinho stating in the build-up to the game that he had little chance of playing, I just felt he might take a risk on him.

We reached half time at 0-0 with Manchester United probably just edging the first 45 minutes without dominating. Both goalkeepers had to make saves that you expect them to make every day of the week. United best attempts on goal came through Van Persie having a header and shot from just inside the box on the left hand side of the area saved by Courtois. Januzaj also had a shot from just inside the left hand side of the Chelsea box that came close with it just skimming the post and into the side netting. Drogba had a chance from the edge of the area after Oscar had laid the ball off to him, which De Gea saved easily with his feet.

The 2nd half started with Manchester United probably feeling confident that they could get a positive result from this game. Chelsea started the 2nd half better though and could have gone in front just before they did when Hazard worked his way through the Manchester United back line but he couldn’t beat De Gea who saved well again. From the resulting corner Chelsea scored and it was so simply for Chelsea. A Corner from Fabregas and Drogba flicked the ball into the corner of the United net with a bit of help from Van Persie on line who couldn’t stop the ball rippling the net.  I only have one question about this goal and that is why Rafael is marking Drogba. Surely Van Persie or Fellaini would have had a better chance at least stopping Drogba from getting a clean header on the ball.

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After the Chelsea goal they had the better of the play for probably about 10 minutes, United then dominated the play from about 60 minutes on and though I felt United were never going to score because Chelsea just sat back and made themselves very difficult to break down especially with Mourinho taking off more attacking players for defensive players. Manchester United finally got their deserved goal with virtually the last kick of the game. Fellaini played the ball into Di Maria down the left wing and he was fouled by Ivanovic, who received a 2nd yellow card and an early walk down the tunnel. From the resulting free kick taken by Di Maria, Fellaini won the header and this effort was well saved by Courtois but he could only parry the ball out to Van Persie who rifled the ball home and it was celebrated like a victory.

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I Think Manchester United showed the fighting spirit not just in this game but in the previous game against West Brom, scoring late goals. It certainly feels like the old Manchester United is coming back. I feel that we wouldn’t have scored these two late goals in the last two games if David Moyes was still the manager. Now people are saying Manchester United are in a similar position this season to what they were last season but I feel they are putting in better performances this season and you can see the progression in the team compared to that of last season.

Finally I feel all Manchester United players put in good performances, there is no one I can pick out as having a bad game and I can’t pick out anyone as being outstanding. It was a good team performance against the best team in the country at this time.

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