Man Utd vs Chelsea: Injury News, Projected Team & Predicted Score

By on May 8, 2011

All eyes will be on Old Trafford today as Manchester United and Chelsea will do battle with the winner gaining the upper hand in the Barclays Premier League title race.

The Reds, disappointingly, lost 1-0 against Arsenal at the Emirates last weekend, which gave Chelsea, along with their narrow, undeserving 2-1 win over Tottenham, the belief that they could nip in and steal the trophy from heading to Old Trafford.

Due to them meeting in the FA Community Shield and in the UEFA Champions League, this is the fifth time that the Blues and Reds have met, and all of those games have had an explosive edge to them.

The only time that Chelsea has tasted defeat since the middle of February was in the Champions League Quarterfinal when they were conclusively ousted by United 3-1 on aggregate. Since then, the Reds have secured a spot in the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final following a crushing 6-1 dismantling of Schalke 04 over their two semifinal legs, but it is now time for them to refocus their energy on obtaining No. 19.

Chelsea have been in very good form lately, which is the reason why that they even have a chance of retaining their title. Since losing 1-0 to Liverpool on February 6, the Blues have secured 26 points from their last 10 games – only drawing with Fulham and Stoke City. During that same stretch, the Reds have only amassed 19 points, which has been crippled by three losses to the former Big Four – Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal.

The Blues are still three points adrift of the league-leaders, but United could have put them clearly out of the title race back at the beginning of March. However, the referee, Martin Atkinson, decided to make himself known and the Reds bowed out of Stamford Bridge losing 2-1. Wayne Rooney opened the scoring with a well-taken goal in the first half, but David Luiz canceled that out 10 minutes into the second half, and Frank Lampard, albeit a cheap penalty, gave Chelsea all three points and an undeserving win. David Luiz should have been booked three times in a 10 minute span in the second half, but Atkinson, who had full view of each, only booked him once and Chelsea remained at full-strength and built their momentum from there.

Chelsea have also closed the gap in the goal differential column and they are now dead even with United. The Blues were at +24 before that showdown at Stamford Bridge, but, now, they have increased their total to +38, while the Reds, disappointingly, have only increased theirs by +2 since then.

The goals have dried up for United, and they have only 10 goals in their last eight games, but they have given up eight in that same stretch. Chelsea have double the Reds output by scoring 20 goals in nine games, having made up their game in hand, and have only conceded six times.

Everyone knows that United are one of the best teams in Europe at home, and that should not change on today. At Old Trafford, the Reds have scored a league-best 43 goals and are the only team that has not allowed more than 10 goals. Because of that form, the Reds have tabled 16 wins and a draw from their 17 matches so far, which is by far the best in the Premier League. Away from Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have not been the best of teams only winning seven of their 17 games, and only have a +12 goal differential.

Sir Alex Ferguson knew that the majority of his players have been playing almost every game, which is why he gambled a place in the European final for this match. Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, Javier Hernandez and Rooney were all rested for this match, and it goes without saying that each one of them will benefit from that rest.

Chelsea have no other option but to win at Old Trafford, but even though Manchester United needs just a draw to hold up their advantage in the Barclays Premier League standings, they will not be playing for just a draw.

Treatment

Out: O. Hargreaves (shoulder)

Projected

E. van der Sar; Fabio, R. Ferdinand, N. Vidic, P. Evra; A. Valencia, M. Carrick, R. Giggs, J. S. Park; W. Rooney, J. Hernandez

Prediction

Manchester United 1 Chelsea 1

Submitted by The United Religion

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25 Comments

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  2. Nice edet

    May 8, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Great united! Pls sir alex ferguson shoul try and make changes were nessacery and in time.

  3. Awugosi

    May 8, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Manchester Utd. 2- Chelsea fc 1

    • chicharito

      May 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      man utd they must win this game….

  4. Ronney

    May 8, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Man utd is a vry strong team & i hope they wl build on their winning mentality 2 defeat chelsea bi 2 goals 2 1

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  6. AGBAMGBAM NORBERT ELEGANT

    May 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    MANCHESTER UNITED WE OUT FOR A PEACEFUL WIN.FERGIE THE MASTER STATISCIAN,GOOD DAY TO THE BLUES FANS

  7. Michael

    May 8, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Man utd is going to be defeated by chelsea at 2 goals to 0

    • chicharito

      May 8, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      chelsea is going to be defeated by man utd at 3 goals to 0

  8. Kevin

    May 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Predictions.chelsea -1 man u- 0

  9. Jide salako

    May 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I belief dat man u can win 2 day is just a corpul of training 4 man u 2 defit d blues and God is wit united.

  10. SLICE

    May 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    We beat Chelsea home & away in the chapions league,what can stop us from doing it in our home ground.

  11. juliux2geniux

    May 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    MAN U;2-0; CHELSEA

  12. Bontester

    May 8, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    In fooyball anything can hapen but a big chance to Red D!!!!!

  13. Longtah kefas

    May 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Man u 2-chelsea 0

  14. Longtah kefas

    May 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Man u 3-chelsea 0

  15. D pumpin

    May 8, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Man Utd0-3Chelsea.up chelsea,blue 4 lyf.

  16. michael

    May 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    man united two and chelsea zero

  17. ben

    May 8, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    i cbelive chealsea is going to win man u
    3-o so sall it be

  18. AlienCop

    May 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    ManU 2 Chelsea 1.

  19. Olamilekan

    May 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Insha allah man united is winning

  20. Bloosboy

    May 8, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Chelsea to edge this 2-1

    Come On You Blues !!!!

  21. PHILIP

    May 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    MAN U 0- CHELSEA 2

  22. Shah Zina

    May 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    ManU is 45 minutes away from yet another title. No surprise there.

    This current team may not have the flair of former squads –Cantona, Van Nistelrooy­, Ronaldo Portugal anyone?– but I think it’s the most solid. Solid enough to beat Barcelona on the 28th? Yes. Will they do it? Hope not.

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