This was exactly what we needed. Fifth win in a row, 2 goals even. Carlos Tevez who scored his first goal for ManU and that at OT, against Chelsea. Good display from our beloved Reds, brilliant and fast, typical ManU football in the first half. Smartly controlled the game without burning too much of energy in the second half. Saha got his penalty, converted and is now ManU’s top scorer with 2 goals.
Chelsea saw Mikell been sent off, rather unjustified. Therefore Joe Cole escaped a red card and certainly 3 games of suspension after a very nasty tackle on Ronaldo.
I’m out here, as I admire the table and see us on second spot now.
90+3′ FT after semi chances for both Saha and Rooney in the last 2 minutes.
90′ Cross-shot from Giigs, oh well it woke me up.OT chanting now, Chelsea buried and they are outside of the European places even in the table./p>
88′ The Fenchman keeps the honours to himself, takes the ball. Poorly delivered penalty straight through the middle, but who cares… 2 – 0!!!!
88′ Long ball on Saha, in the box. Ben Haim’s pulls Saha, who knows he HAS to go down now. Penalty!
Rooney penetrates with the ball in the box, but Makelele waits and waits, and wins the ball.
85′ Rooney center in the box, but over Saha.
We are allowing Chelsea way too much of freedom now. But they are hardly dangerous.
83′ Ronaldo behind the ball. 25 yards. Low shot, just around the wall, but Cech clinically.
Gigggs short. Scholes. Terry gets booked for rough tackle on Wayne, outside of the box.
82′ Ronaldo down hi line, battle with Essien, can cut in obtains corner after blocked center.
I’d love to see Nani come in now for Carrick maybe and let the lad hunt the ball some in the midfield. We clearly have no one like Keano or Owen right at.
Saha’s first touch.80′ Brown booked for a tackle on A. Cole.
Last 10 minutes 57% possession for Chelsea. Com’on Ye Reds, wake up!
78′ Saha comes on for Tevez. Great game of the Argentinian and a brilliant goal for us.
Giggs penetrates in the box, smartly covered by Ben Haim, but ManU continues to push.
ManU taking control of the game back.
77′ Rooney finds Ronaldo who brilliantly takes the ball with, but Tery gets in there and clears.
Avram really playing the Jose style, even replacing in the same way. That he was going to be a non-renovating muppet was expected and just has been proven.
70′ Joe Cole, who just escaped the RED card replaced by Pizarro.
We must revitalize in the midfield now, 1-0 still is a dangerous situation and Chelsea’s getting more grip on the fame now.
Essien semi volley, wide over.
73′ Chelsea having more possession now. Joe Cole nastily tackles Ronaldo from behind!
Second RED. WTF, even only gets a yellow for this. SAF fuming.
Intense Roon now, another foul and gets a warning. Think it’s time for Saha or Nani to come in and save Wayne from getting another yellow.
70′ Tevez past Ferreira but a little too far off.
OT booing the blues now with every contact.
68′ Giggs on Tevez, continues and gets the ball back from Tevez. Cross to Rooney, who receives involuntarily the fist of Cech in his face and stays down. Finally SWP can come in for Malouda. Roon back up.
66′ SWP waiting to come in.
64′ Ronnie alone, doesn’t find a way to get by Ashley.
We are really controlling the game now, but it looks like our game against Reading: 7 opponents + keeper in the box and we gotta find the hole. I’ve played easier games.
62′ Low shot from Wayne, straight on Cech who could hardly see the ball come from that angle. 66% Possesion for us
Referree now officially starting to become the most underperforming person on the pitch.
60′ Yellow for Rooney after a dive from Ashley Cole. Wayne even didn’t touch him. Pu$$y.
Tevez shot after a short drive, but blocked by Terry.
58′ Sheva replaced by Kalou. Roman applauds the Ukrainian.
57′ Great pass by Carrick, hs first one
this season today, Giggs runs in the box, volley!!! Over.
A second goal for us would be very welcome and probably decide the game.
Tevez, Giggs and Ronnie behind the ball. Carlos applying for the Argentinian rugby team. Miles over.
55′ Ferreira tackle on Ronaldo. Just outside of the box. Free kick for us.
52′ Oh, we just obtained another corner. Number 9. Too short. Chelsea discovers they have pace, but also notices ManU has a defense. Pace totally out of the game now and the first 10 minutes of 2nd half were a boring display. But who cares, we got the lead.
Sven watching and admiring how a great team looks, must feel bad too now, now we jumped over them in the table.
Scheva now on his own up front and feeling lonely. Chelsea withdrawn in their half. *Yawns*
Makelele stays down after unlucky contact by Wayne, but no foul.
50′ ManU looking for the opening in the Chelsea defense.
Scholes on Brown, bad control, throw in for Chelsea.
47′ Evra – Scholes – Giggs, too sharp for Evra who penetrated in the box.
It’s going to be another 45 minutes of strategic battle.
No chances in the sides as far as I can see.
46′ Chelsea kick off.
And we’re back for what so far has been a great game between two strong sides, with only one difference today: Tevez. ManU had more and the best chances, Chelsea saved a rugby score so far thanks to Cech. Abrahamovich sitting on his own and not looking happy at all. Don’t worry Roman, life will be better some day. But don’t expect it to be in the next year yet.
HT now. Game balance so far 6-4 for ManU, Chelsea with 3 Cech saves already, but they are playing well and we haven’t noticed any difference in their game since Mikell was sent off. ManU has the advantage so far, but it’s a close call. Open game, just one thing: ManU leads 1-0, after the first goal from Tevez fr ManU!
See ya after a smoke for 2nd half.
1 – 0
45+2′ Ronnie obtains a last corner, but cleared. ManU comes back, sharp cross on Tevez from Giggs and the Argentinian scores with the head from an almost impossible angle!!!!!!!!!!!
2 mintes injury time.
No matter what Chelsea tries, there are 3 names: Vidic, Brown and Rio. Evra launches the counter attack, quick to Carrick, Rooney but not that dangerous at all. FC stands well to at the back.
43′ Foul Giggs and he can be jappy he doesn’t get booked there. Sliding from behind on Malouda.
Giggs deep on Roon, crosses in the box, Cech feet before Tevez can go for the ball, cleared.
40′ Same now on the other side, but WITHOUT danger and cleared.
And exactly that is what happens, Ronnie on Vidic, but Cech catches.
38′ High foot by Malouda. Free kick for Ronnie, 40 yards, perfect for a cross on Vidic.
Wayne – Tevez combo doesn’t seem to work 100% yet, Carlos easily finds Roon in the game, but so far every time Roon tried on his own then although the Argentinian usual free was again.
35′ Ronnie outside of the box, to Giggs, obtains corner 8.
Replay shows that that really wasn’t worth a RED card, but who cares. Buh-bye Mikell.
Ronnie Giggs one-two, but no cross follows.
32′ Mikell gets a RED card for a dangerous, semi high tackle on Evra and Chelsea are 10 now.
31′ Another corner, except this time for the Blues.
Tevez to Brown – Rooney. Via via Roon gets the ball again, cross to Giggs, one time control awesome chance but over.
One can feel that the goal is going to happen any minute now, but on what side.
Low shot from Brown, Cech goes flat, very controlled save by the goalie.
Cleared, FC tries to counter, but they’ve forgotten we got this guy called Vidic.
ManU claims penalty for supposed handball of Joe Cole. We get a corner.
26′ Ronaldo around Cole, tries from almost 30 yards, deflected. throw in. Marco Van Basten sitting really close to Abrahamovich.
Tevez to Rooney, but he didn’t see that the Argentinian was alone again. Blocked shot Another corner. Giggs tries to find Vidic. Cleared.
Evra wins the ball, to Giggs but Chelsea very organised too.
It’s a very balanced game tactically so far, advantage to ManU, but anything could happen. A little like on Wednesday against Sporting, except that ManU seems a little more than dangerous today than Sporting was when they controlled the midfield.
22′ Ferreira obtains a throw in close to the Manu box.,/p>
Rooney’s shot blocked, one more corner. Chech clears.
20′ 28 Yards shot from Ronnie. Blocked, another corner.
We are going to see a great battle today: Ronaldo – Ashley Cole. I’m sure Ronnie will have some strike of brilliance and get past Cole one moment!
17′ Carrick to Evra. Joe Cole tackles Evra in the box, ref doesn’t react. Replay shows correct decision but many refs would have given the penalty here.
15′ Rooney with a brilliant cross to Brown, but wrong side of the pitch and luckily Chelsea couldn’t do anything with.
This is going to be one heck of a game. Chelsea plays rather well too, fast on changing sides. But yes, our defense IS solid.
13′ Luckily Rio seems to be doing fine. Typical Scholes foul on Mikell. Carrick recovers, quick pass to Rooney, tries to find Ronnie in the box, but high ball so Terry was there.
Brown – Ronnie – Carrick – Brown – Rio – Brown.Bad pass of Ronnie.
11′ Ronaldo again, to Brown. Pass on Rooney, but doesn’t manage to control the pass and Chelsea recovers.
Quick pass to Ronnie, who goes down the line. Tries to find Rooney with a low cross in the box, but just too far. Cech.
10′ Chelsea trying to push some now. Possession for them. Malouda. Mikel – Cole – Evra.
Cole recovers the ball, comes to Sheva, one touch shot…. but oh my, even at Wigan Super League they wouldn’t score with a shot like this!
8′ Chelsea possession. Small disorganisation there in the ManU box, but weak cross from Sheva. Throw in for Chelsaea after Rio clearance. Essien shot, but blocked and ManU tries to break out.
Scholes for Evra. Tevez – Carrick, cross to Ronniew. – Scholes – Carrick and Chelsea gets the ball.>
Stretcher on the pitch, but Rio gets up again and walks back to his spot. I hope that will be going fine. We don’t need another period like last year with the UCL semis.
Rio seems to limp. Seems to have torn a muscle in the groin area. We don’t need that now! Getting treatment now.
3′ ManU forward again, cross from Rooney for Carrick but a little too high. Cech.
It is clear what the lads want to do today: show ManU are the best and crush Chelsea.
Giggs with another corner, but there was no one in the box.
Roon forward. Paced. Curler from outside of the BOOOXXX!!!. What a save from Cech!.
Giggs corner. Never seen this but Cech slides. Terry clear with the head.
1′ ManU wins the toss.
Immediately forward with nice passig game in the midfield. Roon in the box. Blocked shot. Corner for us.
This will be the day for Roon and Tevez, both partnering for the first time together, and that against noone else than Chelsea.
ManUVan der Sar, Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Ronaldo, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs, Tevez, Rooney. Subs: Kuszczak, Saha, Nani, Pique, O’Shea.
No Owen, Anderson not in the squad either.
That small club: Cech, Ferreira, Ben Haim, Terry, A Cole, Makelele, Essien, Mikel, J Cole, Malouda, Shevchenko. Subs: Cudicini, Kalou, Alex, Wright-Phillips, Pizarro
SWP only sub.
Welcome all to another live report here at ManU Blog. Today’s game is a clash of the Titans with the Once Wannabe Titans, ManU – Chelsea. Chelsea travel for their first game in the post Mourinho era to Old Trafford. ManU are on a roll, 4 victories in a row and only 2 goals conceded so far. Plus ManU can jump over Citeh and Loserpool today.
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