Classic Premier League Matches Between Chelsea And Manchester United
CHELSEA 5 - 0 MAN UTD
With legendary liability Massimo Taibi between the sticks, it was always likely to be a rough afternoon for United – but even the most optimistic of Blues supporters couldn’t have seen this coming. It took the sum total of 27 seconds for the Italian to make a hash of things, with Gus Poyet gleefully opening the scoring; the Uruguayan would add a second before the end, with Chris Sutton, Henning Berg and Jody Morris also getting involved before matters were concluded...
CHELSEA 2 - 2 MAN UTD
Ryan Giggs’ 100th United goal put the cherry on top of this barnstorming battle, which saw Fergie’s men come from behind twice. There was another goalkeeping error to blot the United copybook – Roy Carroll throwing the ball to the opposition which allowed Bolo Zenden to smash home – but it’s a game memorable for moments of quality rather than moments of madness; David Beckham’s belter below, par example...
CHELSEA 1 - 0 MAN UTD
Some commentators reckoned this one should have been United’s; the Reds dominated possession against a Chelsea side who spent the majority of the afternoon defending. This, you see, was one of José Mourinho’s first matches in England, and we weren’t yet accustomed to his style of play. Eidur Gudjohnsen’s goal would be enough to win the day, Chelsea would go on to win the league, and we would get very familiar with The Special One’s brand of football from then on!
MAN UTD 2 - 1 CHELSEA
Whoever gets the say over the fixture list did everyone a favour on this occasion, scheduling what was essentially a title decider for one the season’s final games. United were in the driver’s seat coming in, and an early Chicharito goal did plenty to settle the nerves. It was a scrappy encounter, but United hung on – and the final whistle practically confirmed the league was Old Trafford-bound…
CHELSEA 3 - 3 MAN UTD
Back in the days of Fergie time, United were a dab hand at comebacks – but this one was more than a bit special. A Jonny Evans own-goal, a Juan Mata wonderstrike, and a David Luiz header left United in need of a minor miracle; it arrived in the shape of two penalties, both dispatched by Wayne Rooney, before a late header from that man Chicharito capped off an epic fightback.
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