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Football is back and just one match in Manchester United may already be flying. Having gone to Wales and come back with three points the seasons start doesn’t get any easier as four times league champions Chelsea make their way to Old Trafford for the biggest match of the season so far (after two whole games!).
Like so many matches these days, this one is filled with stories and sub-plots that go far beyond 22 men kicking a football around. Will Wayne Rooney play? And if he does or doesn’t will he be in Chelsea blue within the next week and a half? And of course who can forget about José Mourinho? He certainly won’t let you and the press will lap it up. The claim from United fans is that Mourinho desperately wanted the job as Fergie’s successor so he will surely have even more incentive to trip up David Moyes early in the season.
All of this leads to what will likely be a fascinating match up, two good football teams, exciting players and beautiful moments.
Moyes’ Boys to Watch
The Beast is back. Okay, technically he’s been back for a while but “the Beast remains back” isn’t really a great opening statement. The last two seasons for Vidić can best be described as injury hit, but there is absolutely no doubt in the mind of anyone watching that Manchester United are a much more solid team with the massive Serbian at the back. Often misclassed as little more than a mindless brute, there is brains and beauty in some of the things Vidić does. But make no mistake; he will murder you if necessary.
At this early stage of the season it’s hard to gauge how fit Vidić really is, or if some suggest he needs to go on the Paul McGrath training schedule. But it’s not difficult to know that against strikers with the strength of Lukaku or Ba, there will be a battle Monday night. Fernando Torres need not apply.
I didn’t think I’d ever include Anderson in one of these. I thought he’d be sold early in the transfer window to make room (and he does take up a lot of room, am I right? Yes??) for new signings. But David Moyes seems to like him and if the pre-season is any indication he has plans for the Brazilian party boy. What frustrates about Anderson isn’t a lack of ability; it’s an apparent lack of dedication and effort. He sparkles for a few games, drops a gear, gets injured and you won’t see him again for months before the cycle begins all over again.
But in the summer friendlies, David Moyes put Anderson through his paces. Famous for his inability to finish matches or move after about 70 minutes, Moyes played Anderson throughout the whole games in the majority of the friendlies. A new manager might just prove a fresh start for Anderson and though I’ll regret saying this when he’s injured in November, a fit, firing Anderson would solve many of United’s midfield woes.
As of Friday’s press conference Hernandez is injured and won’t be available for this game, but I’m personally hoping this is Fergie style misinformation. Because you can’t mention a game against Chelsea without highlighting the Little Pea. He isn’t just a threat against the London boys, he’s lethal. Six in his last eight against a top four team is an amazing stat and if he can get off the bench late in the game don’t be surprised to see him pop up with the winner, probably some sort of upside down header.
Looking at the squad Chelsea have assembled can sometimes be a little bit scary. Mata, Hazard, Oscar, Willian are just the cream of the crop with the team sprinkled with top class and high potential players. But Chelsea aren’t perfect, far from it. In goals is man who looks a shadow of what he once was. There defence can be described as erratic at best and just plain awful at worst and up front they’ve yet to install a truly worldly striker who will bang in 30 goals a season. The fact is though they will be there at the end of the season. They’ve started this season well and they will be some match up for United Monday night.
Player to Watch
There is one player that stands above all the rest at Chelsea. Who drives fear into the hearts of all those who play against him. Unplayable at times, and capable of moments as iconic as this:
The fact is when José Mourinho is your manager; there is no player to watch. It’s all about him and it’s his antics that the cameras will focus on during this match for good or bad.
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Some previous posts to take a look at:
United take on Chelsea, but lose one nil (http://beautifullyred.co.uk/2013/05/07/ryan-giggs-skills-more-utd-gifs-from-chelsea-defeat/)
United vs. Chelsea in the FA Cup (http://beautifullyred.co.uk/2013/04/02/giggs-and-welbeck-gifs-lighten-up-united-cup-exit/) (http://beautifullyred.co.uk/2013/03/12/stunning-carrick-pass-de-save-and-more-utd-gifs-from-the-chelsea-game/)
United’s kids defeated by Chelsea (http://beautifullyred.co.uk/2012/11/01/gifs-amazing-anderson-skill-more-gifs-from-cfc-v-mufc/)
United actually BEAT Chelsea, hurray! (http://beautifullyred.co.uk/2012/10/29/chelsea-v-man-utd-5-united-gif-moments-from-the-game/)