1 point away from title no. 19

Manchester United need only 1 point now to claim their 19th title after today’s heroic performance against Chelsea to move 6 points ahead of the latter. Chicharito and Vidic gave United the crucial 3 points for today’s game, while Lampard threw in some doubts in the  United camp after scoring what turned out to be a consolation for the Blues, but in the end United held on to a 2-1 scoreline which sent Sir Alex and the fans into trance after Howard Webb blew the final whistle.

United were off to a flying start as Chicharito scored with only 35 seconds played to set the tempo of the game. Fed by a beautiful pass from Park, and not properly marked by Luiz, Chicharito beat Cech to open the score. United doubled the lead on the 23rd minute, as Vidic made Chelsea pay for some slack defending as he headed in Giggs’ cross from a short corner played between the latter and Park. Meanwhile, Van Der Sar had to be alert to keep out Chelsea, and retain the 2-0 advantage at half-time.

The second half however saw United drop in more defensive formation as they looked more on the counters to attack, but Chelsea eventually made pay for surrendering possession, as Ivanovic found Lampard in the box, and the latter stabbed home on the 68th minute to give Chelsea a lifeline. However, United responded almost immediately, this time Chicharito turned into passer as he found Rooney unmarked in the box, but the latter failed to score as Alex came back to clear off the line, and Chicharito himself then minutes later blew a chance to secure the win as he headed over from Valencia’s cross. But Chelsea could not find a breach again, and United eventually held on to win the game.

However, the title race is not over, and United still need to manage to get at least 1 point from their next encounter, which will be away against Blackburn next weekend, and it will indeed prove to be a tough test for the Red Devils given Blackburn’s physical approach to most of their games, and also surprising United a few times in the past seasons on their ground. But if Sir Alex does not allow complacency to set in and keep the team well prepared, then a win or a draw, and United will be crowned for the 19th time as league winners.

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