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Man United brush aside Chelsea in 2-0 win

This was an intriguing fixture from the moment it was announced, let alone after the events of the week preceding it and the departure of Mourinho. Chelsea came to Old Trafford in chaos, with rifts all over the place including on the pitch. Some suggested it was the best time to play them, others thought they could muster resolve and get a result against us. Fortunately Chelsea did not turn up from the first kick and United were never threatened.

A lot has been made of the red card decision against Obi Mikel, but no one seems to be mentioning the awful challenge by Joe Cole on Ronaldo or the penalty decision that we should have had before it. The red card of course changed the game, and to be truthful I do not believe it was a sending off offence, but Chelsea were awful for the 31 minutes before it and United look steady and at ease.

United spent 90 minutes outpassing and outplaying Chelsea. We had many half chances whilst Chelsea offered nothing. The game was a question of whether it would end 0-0 or whether United could break through. Of course the red card did not help Chelsea but this was a day when only one team deserved to win anyway. Chelsea had 3 shots, none on target, and that was that.

All of a sudden a game against one of the ‘big 3 rivals is out the way and we are in touching distance of the top. It is 5 games with 5 wins and no goals conceded which, for a team who are not even playing well yet, is not bad! Rooney looks sharp, Saha and Ronaldo are getting match fit, Tevez is off the mark and others are set to return from injury soon. There is a long season ahead and we should feel a lot more optimistic than we did as we walked away from City’s ground in August. As for Chelsea, they really ought to be worried.

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