Hello everyone, my first post for 2009 🙂 and hope you all had a nice Xmas & new year celebrations.
This weekend held the first matches in 2009 for the English Premier League, following the FA Cup & Carling Cup matches played last weekend & in midweek respectively.
Today Man Utd ‘thrashed’ Chelsea at Old Trafford with an easy 3-0 win. United started the game in top gear and controlled the pace expertly. The crowd was really out of this world today, roaring the red devils on, and all Chelsea could do was some counterattacks and defend, until from a corner kick Vidic gave United the lead on 47 minutes (added time of the 1st half). I should point out that Giggs was really at his best today in midfield, creating chances for his team mates, and tracking back when Chelsea players were on the ball.
The second half started with Chelsea controlling the midfield play, and the introduction of Anelka, but once again United caught up with them and with a perfect cross from Evra, Rooney made it 2-0 on the 62nd minute. United were playing with ease and even Anelka nor Drogba could really threaten Van der Sar’s goals. Finally on 86 minutes, a superb free kick from Ronaldo found an unmarked Berbatov to make it 3-0 and sink all hopes of a Chelsea comeback. If Man Utd continue on this note and win their 2 games in hand (Wigan on Wednesday for 1 of the 2 late games), as well as the other important matches, then surely the title will remain at Old Trafford ( Liv’pool still 1st thou 😦 but will have to visit Man Utd soon 😀 ).
For a detailed report visit the official site: ManUtd
A ‘BIG FIVE’???
It seems also that this season the traditional BIG FOUR of the EPL is breaking down with Aston Villa’s emergence (8 out of the 11 starting players are Englishmen!!! An absolute record in the EPL!!). Arsenal now find themselves in 5th place, and before kickoff of today’s match, Villa were 3rd, above United (which has 2 games less than the others).
May be in a near future we will talk of a BIG FIVE rather than the BIG FOUR, all depends on the standings of the teams at the end of the season, and also if the newly rich ManCity will buy players who may lead it to the top part of the table.