Sunday, January 19, 2014

Chelsea 3 Manchester United 1 (19/01/2014)

With the Premier League title race getting thicker and thicker, this game was as important as it can be for both the sides. With Chelsea keeping tabs and just about being there at the top, it was important for them to with after both Arsenal and Manchester City winning their games. And Moye’s side would be wanting to end their recent woeful form in the League with a win at Stamford Bridge.

But it was Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side that stormed to an impressive 3-1 win over Premier League rivals Manchester United thanks largely to a Samuel Eto'o hat-trick. Chelsea fans were left scratching their heads before kick-off as many would have selected Fernando Torres ahead of the Cameroonian for the huge clash. Eto'o, however, fully justified his selection with a poachers hat-trick and sterling frontman performance that Chelsea fans have missed so much since the departure of Didier Drogba.

The game started off with United looking very dangerous and strong. But their dominance in the midfield could not be extended in both the boxes, because of which United have paid the price today. Some very very ordinary defence and managing to capitalize their chances was the reason for their downfall today.

Chelsea went ahead when Eto’o went past Phil Jones and his shot from near the edge of the penalty area looped over keeper David de Gea via the boot of the unfortunate Michael Carrick.

Eto’o, second goal came when he found Cahill’s low cross after a corner was only half-cleared in first-half injury time. The same players were involved in Chelsea’s third three minutes after the break, Eto’o following up to score after De Gea had kept out Cahill’s header from Willian’s right-wing corner.

This win means Jose Mourinho's side continue their impressive run at home and are still at thrid with just two points behind Arsenal. But Manchester United are now at seventh place with 14 points behind the league leaders. So their minimum requirement of reaching the top four is also looking bleak.

Just makes me wonder how will United pick themselves up from here, with the January transfer window still open. And will Moyes be the next manager to see the axe fall on him before the season end.

Well if Mourinho was selected as United's coach, what do you think would have been Manchester United's position today in the league?

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