Manchester United have taken the advantage into the second leg with a 1-0 win with the away goal, that really puts United in the driving seat. Sir Alex Ferguson gambled with the same formation that lost to Chelsea where as Chelsea stuck to theirs.
The game started brightly with both teams on the attack, but some of the chances early on falling to Chelsea, but were unable to keep any on target and if they did they were not troubling Van der Sar. United started to turn the tide getting shots away, and winning some corners to apply pressure onto Chelsea, and not long after they took the lead through Rooney. Micheal Carrick played a nice cross field ball over to Giggs who brought it down well before attacking the box and pulling it back to Rooney who sidefooted it in off the post. Thankfully there was no swearing, as that now seems to be an offense, and Rooney will be in the paper for the goal and not the goal celebration. Chelsea took their time to get back into the match, as there was still plenty of time in the half to get a goal back, and they did come close, but thanks to Van der Sar they were kept out. Torres ha d a shot hot the post and bounce back out but Lampard was unable to get a proper shot away from the rebound, and it was cleared by Evra. The half finished 1-0 but it could well have ben 1-1.
not long after the start of the second half Rafael had to go off injured. He left his leg out to trip Drogba, which he did, but in the process injured his leg again. United were still in control and almost went into the lead more, but Rooney was offside and the goal didnt count. United’s defense stood up well to Chelsea’s attacks with Vidic and Ferdinand rekindling their partnership in central defense, and Rio, being his first game in a few months, didnt look out of place and didnt put a foot wrong. As the game went on, Chelsea made to changes with Anelka coming on surprisingly for Drogba and Malouda came on for Zhrikov. As the game went on, Chelsea seemed to drop their heads, and apart from Anelka they didnt look dangerous. Torres was just unable to be as effective as he used to be against them when he was still at Liverpool. Torres did come close when his header, though not powerful, was heading in at the far post, but out-reaching Van der Sar made a marvelous save, not the first of that kind this season to keep United in the lead. If United to win the Champions League or Premiership or FA Cup they definitely owe a lot to Van der Sar. Chelsea were relegated to trying their luck from free kicks as they couldn’t break down United defense. But at the death Chelsea had a great chance when they had a penalty claim but the referee gave nothing. The two assistant referee’s at the ref’s disposal didnt indicate anything either, but the one on the goal line was 12 yards away and should have seen clearly that was a penalty on Ramiers by Evra. Not too long after Torres went down in the box but was subsequently booked for diving. The game ended 1-0 to United and the advantage is defiantly in their favour for the return leg.
Its 1-0 to Sir Alex Ferguson at the moment, but can Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea fight back?