5 Talking Points From Man Utd’s Controversial Win Over Chelsea

By on October 29, 2012

Manchester United closed the gap at the top of the table to just one point with a controversial 3-2 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon. Here are 5 talking points from the game:

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1. Torres was shown the wrong card twice

Replays showed that Evans did catch Torres just above the ankle, but it probably didn’t help Torres’s cause that he fell to the floor clutching his knee. If that’s not simulation, wonder what is. However, what Chelsea fans seem to have conveniently missed out is that Torres should have been sent off for the De Jong style kung fu kick on Cleverly earlier on. He probably got away with it because Cleverly didn’t display the epileptic fits that Drogba did when Evans hacked him down a few seasons ago. Chelsea could have been 2-1 and 10 men down, and none of this would have mattered then.

2. Case of déjà vu down United’s right flank

United’s current No.7 and No.2, Antonio Valencia and Rafael Da Silva respectively, has been an effective pair down the right over the last season and a half, and yesterday was no exception. They combined well for the second goal, catching Ashley Cole out of position. Valencia might not possess Beckham’s crossing or dead ball skills but he provides ample defensive cover if Rafael moves further up the pitch, or inwards. It’s this added defensive ability that gets him the nod over Nani on the right.

3. The enigma that is David De Gea

He’s probably one of the best shot stoppers in the league, and he has the reflexes of a ninja (explains the amount of saves he does with his gangly legs!). But, at times, he doesn’t help his cause with moments of indecision or poor clearances. There were examples of both yesterday, with an unnecessary shuffle to the left before he dived to the right in vain for Mata’s free kick, and a poor clearance that almost led to Mata scoring again but redeemed himself by saving the shot.

Take no credit from Mata’s brilliant free kick, but the save from Mata’s free kick at last season’s encounter was a harder one to make as the ball was heading to the top corner. If De Gea had stayed his position at first and dived to the right, he probably could have got his hands to the ball. But De Gea made some crucial saves yesterday and the gaffer must continue to put his faith in him.

4. United need Rooney’s energy in the middle

At the start of the game, United were roughly set out as a 4-1-4-1 with Rooney and Cleverly in the middle and Carrick sitting in front of the back four. After the sending off, United reverted to a 4-4-2 with Rooney slotting in the middle with Carrick. During both formations, his incessant running and tracking back ensured that the Chelsea midfield didn’t overrun United’s.

True, Chelsea had the lion’s share of the possession in the last 15 minutes of the first half. But this was also attributed to United giving the ball away cheaply, after having won it back brilliantly on many occasions by Rooney. However, he still needs to keep his temper in check as it was his petulant foul on Hazard after having the ball nicked away from him that lead to Mata’s goal.

5. Young has given more fodder to his doubters

Ashley Young had a poor summer at the Euros, and injury has seen him sit out much of the start of the season. However, it was a bizarre decision (and the only incorrect one I reckon) by Sir Alex yesterday to start with the winger and give him a full 90 minutes. Having just come back from injury, he looked out of sorts, couldn’t keep the ball, and didn’t manage a successful dribble past Ivanovic.

With both Rooney and Van Persie taking on dead ball duties, Young wasn’t even able to provide a customary cross into the box. Fans have good reason to question the business decision to snatch him for a vastly inflated fee last summer.

What are your thoughts on the talking points from the game? Get involved in the comments section.

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17 Comments

  1. da blues

    October 29, 2012 at 11:00 am

    your FIVE TALKING POINTLESS FROM MAN-US CONTROVERSIAL WIN OVER CHELSEA SHAME ON YOU

    • wassim

      October 29, 2012 at 11:08 am

      Do you remember a game when Drogba Chealsea scored 2 controversial goals against Man U and win the league? Shame on Chelski then.

      • Craig Wilmann

        October 29, 2012 at 11:28 am

        It was one controversial goal. Joe Cole scored the first (when Drogba wasn’t even on the pitch.) Drogba’s goal was offside but then Macheda scored a goal with his hand. So each side had an unfair goal given and it should have been 1-0 to Chelsea, rather than 2-1.

      • Dustin

        October 29, 2012 at 12:13 pm

        Sorry wasim, he’s got ya hear, Cole’s back-heel was the first and Mach knifed it in with his hand a la Henry

  2. Segun

    October 29, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Screw whoever wrote this for he must be too blind to find his mouth when eating.He is not objective.

  3. fanuel

    October 29, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Wassim u r an idiot.

  4. Ogonna christian

    October 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Manchester united can not win chelsea without robbing.

  5. Obynoblues

    October 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Its so pathetic that some man u fans are bold enough to analyse this match. I think a true man u fan should be ashamed of how they got d 3pts yesterday. Chelsea is a beauty to behold while playing cos they thought man u some football lessons before disaster(mark clattenburg) struck.

    • Cfcclw12

      October 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      Even after disaster struck! We had 9 players on the pitch and fergie took off a stricker for a midfielder cause he knew we would still go onto win it, never seen Man u so defensive they had 11 men 12 if you count the ref in there half every time we had the ball

  6. Obynoblues

    October 29, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Rightly said bro.

  7. Epasco

    October 29, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Chel r d best,even wit minus 2 dy stil had 2 force man u in2 scorin dia 3rd wit an offsyd…man u only tink of buying refs n winning games bt i tink dat dy wil stil b ashame of diaselves wit d brilliant performans chel put on…UP BLUEZ¤

  8. dandy

    October 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    d writer of dis nonesense is nothing but a stupid man u fan. rooney shld hv as well gotten a second yellow.my players realy cos evn at all dis,man u cldn’t evn score a real goal.see u on wednesday robbers.

  9. essao

    October 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    they may have dominated later.but in the first 20 min they were sledgehammered.

  10. Ezeson Emmanuelson Sirdon

    October 29, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Man U shame on 2 u pple 4 not sayin d common truth bt rememba u’ll still drop points on d way as a result of match winnin scandal, man city is on d way comin 4 u pple.

  11. Shoggy D

    October 29, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Why must man u alwaz cheat? Y do dey av to deny us al clasic game of ftbol. Ferguson won many titles 4 man u, if he’s dat gud, y must he alwaz influence d ref 2 win d game? Jonny evans was d 1 who made a double leg tackle on shelvey, shelvey got d red. Evans was d 1 who tackled and clearly caught torres, torres got d card

  12. Felix c

    October 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Shame on man U! What happen 2 juve wil surely cum 2 them..

  13. shak

    October 30, 2012 at 7:49 am

    stop sayin rubish to glorify team Manutd.
    is better for u to accept your destiny.

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