Thursday, May 10, 2007

Chelsea 0-0 United - a damp squib if ever there was one...

I don't know about the rest of you Red's out there in the big Red universe, but I for one had been dreading this final pre FA Cup Final game at Stamford Bridge for most of the season, reason being there could have been so much riding on this game if United hadn't done the business in our very difficult run-in. IT could quite easily have been the case that United could have needed to win against Chelsea to secure the title. In the end the result did not matter, it was academic as the title was sewn up on the previous weekend.

Let's not forget also that this fixture was re-arranged due to both United and Chelsea progressing in the FA Cup, but again that did not happen and so both clubs were spared facing off in what could have been a crucial title decider.

So onto the game, frankly it was an appalling match, United were pretty much a shadow of the team that has given so many fans so much pleasure this season. There were few attacks from United, save for a second half penalty shout when Eagles looked to be brought down inside the Chelsea penalty area - that was United's best chance. Dong doesn't look as though he's going to be able to rise to United's very high expectations, though to be fair he is only very young.

In truth there was very little to get you excited about this United team and performance, Richardson strolled around as if he was Ronaldo - but he did little to suggest that he should be retained this summer. It was a tired and dull backs to wall performance from a lacklustre largely second-string United team.

Both Chelsea and United fans didn't get value for money in pure football terms from this game - it was as they say a damp squib, the main highlight for the travelling Red's was sticking it up Jose Mourinho - that was priceless...

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