Classic Premier League Matches Between Chelsea And Manchester United

This Saturday sees the latest chapter in one of the Premier League era’s greatest rivalries, as Chelsea and Manchester United lock horns at Stamford Bridge. The blue flag is flying high so far this season, tied for top spot with Liverpool and Manchester City, while the Old Trafford side has endured a rather less impressive start to the campaign.

Live on Sky Sports Main Event (Virgin TV 401) from noon, it’s a game guaranteed to have plenty of needle – the presence of one José Mourinho is enough to guarantee that! – but it will have to go a long way to beat out some of the other epic encounters these two sides have shared over the decades…

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October 1999



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...





August 2002


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...






August 2004


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!





May 2011


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…




February 2012



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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