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Football News > Chelsea vs Manchester United - Head to Heads

Chelsea's explosive start to the campaign seems like a distant memory with the London club now sitting 15 points beneath United. It's a fixture many thought would be one of the most important of the season. Now, United's main objective will be to not allow Arsenal to gain ground at the summit of the Premier League.

Tonight's re-arranged meeting may have lost its head-to-head edge, but such a game between two of the worlds biggest clubs is always an exciting prospect. It promises to be a tightly-fought contest, with United's explosive attacking forces going up against the leagues most resilient defence. We thought we'd take a look at the key battles that will take place at Stamford Bridge tonight...

Both managers have key decisions to make ahead of tonight's clash. Big games like this always bring hope of an explosive match but we're unlikely to see an open, end-to-end contest. Ancelotti's biggest decision will be whether or not to return Didier Drogba to his starting XI or stick with Torres and Anelka. Luckily for Ferguson, Wayne Rooney is available after escaping any FA punishment for his weekend actions.

Nemanja Vidic (Puma PowerCat) has been the heartbeat of Uniteds defence all season with solid performances that were one of the key reasons for the clubs exceptional 29-match unbeaten run. Tonight, the Serbian defender comes up against a striker he is all too familiar with. Fernando Torres (Nike Laser III) consistently terrorized Nemanja Vidic during his Liverpool days, with unplayable performances that saw Vidic see three consecutive red cards in United vs Liverpool matches! Few strikers across Europe have given United's Vidic as many headaches in recent seasons.

We've seen Rooney (Nike Laser III) cause John Terry problems before by cutting inside and dragging Terry out of position. Rooney's pace and movement will see him move in from the left throughout the match, potentially causing problems for the Chelsea skipper. Rooney will be expected to make decisive runs, enabling Dimitar Berbatov to find the space in behind the Chelsea defence. Although Rooney hasn't been on the score sheet as much as he would like, Terry (Umbro Speciali) will have to be wary of Rooney's ability to create chances for his strike partner. Terry will definitely have his work cut out.

The wide players in this fixture will play a vital role in the match. With both sides looking to pack the central area of the pitch, Nani (adidas adiZero) and Ashley's Cole's advances will hold extra importance for creating chances. With Ashley Cole (Nike CTR360) being as effective going forward as he is defensively, Nani will have to put in a decent defensive shift as well as being one of United's main attacking outlets. Nani has pace in abundance which will be a worry for Cole as he looks to offer his attacking services down the left. Both players will need to be equally alert to each others threats.

Both Michael Essien (Nike CTR360) and Darren Fletcher will be expected to play similar roles tonight. United always seem to utilise Fletcher (adidas adiPURE IV) in the big matches because of his ability to break up play. Tonight's match will come down to what team controls the midfield. Essien will be expected to break up any of United's attacking threat coming through the middle. He has the ability to hound the opponent's play-maker in-front of his own box whilst offering more of an attacking threat than his Untied counterpart. Both players will have a big say in how the match is dictated.

When it comes to games like this, everyone has an opinion and we'd love to hear yours. What do you think the outcome of tonight's match will be?

Only published comments... Mar 01 2011, 11:41 AM by Soccer_Boots
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The_Maestro said:


March 1, 2011 3:00 PM

dexcell1996 said:

manu are gonna win nanis *** hot and vidic is gonna destroy torres haha 50 million my *** !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 1, 2011 3:01 PM

goonerman1990 said:

C'mon Chelsea, do arsenal a favour and beat them.

March 1, 2011 3:03 PM

mixan993 said:

Chelsea win

March 1, 2011 3:07 PM

rcain1996 said:

chelsea aint got no chance or has arsenal when we play them next

March 1, 2011 3:07 PM

NG716 said:

C'mon Chelsea! :)

March 1, 2011 3:10 PM

TheGenius said:

I have a feeling Chelsea will win 2-1! Drogba + Torres

Nani for Utd

March 1, 2011 3:15 PM

3awad said:

Even though I'm a man utd fan, I think Chelsea will win the match as it is away 3-1. Big matches makes point differences not count. Anyway I'm sharing my opinion so share yours!

March 1, 2011 3:30 PM

Raulgonzalez said:


March 1, 2011 3:33 PM

aaaRi said:

chelseeaa :D

March 1, 2011 3:53 PM

nikefootball said:

torres will never score! utd will win!!!

March 1, 2011 4:15 PM

kwesfmu said:

At the Bridge..... CHELSEA !!!!!!

March 1, 2011 4:31 PM

Destined4Peace said:

Despite Torres's brilliant form recently :) Manchester United will win but if Torres clicks into gear, then the match is Chelsea's....

March 1, 2011 4:48 PM

fahim12 said:

chelsea  hands down are going to win .no chance man utd.

March 1, 2011 4:52 PM

speciali said:

Torres today!

March 1, 2011 4:55 PM

fahim12 said:

good to see no 1st 2nd or 3rd ; )

March 1, 2011 5:10 PM

manchesterboyz4eva said:

how can u say united hav no chance, they are the best team in england no question. chelsea are not in form while we are. we will win 3-1 and get the treble


March 1, 2011 5:25 PM

villa and messi f50 said:


March 1, 2011 5:45 PM

Diamond Dave said:


March 1, 2011 6:05 PM

kevinep said:

man u will win. they are in better form. big night for torres! good luck nino

March 1, 2011 6:12 PM

RedLege said:

to be honest if united loose it will be a travesty because the game should have been played back in the winter when the weather wasnt actually that bad at the bridge and chelsea were still stuttering!

March 1, 2011 6:14 PM

CR 7 said:


March 1, 2011 6:38 PM

Leandro_Messi said:



March 1, 2011 7:03 PM

Madridmanfan792 said:


March 1, 2011 8:17 PM

gak8 said:

i hope man utd win iwn wins :) bye torres !!

March 1, 2011 9:01 PM

crjohnston1 said:

cmon u chelsea!

March 1, 2011 9:11 PM

tjhogan said:

MAN UNITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3

March 1, 2011 9:35 PM

NG716 said:


March 1, 2011 9:41 PM

ah7 said:


March 1, 2011 10:14 PM

Jae said:

Go united and i am so glad that nani became his own player not trying to be exactly like ronaldo. And Darren Fletcher, amazing boots

March 1, 2011 11:03 PM

moriorixs said:

come ooon everton.. oh wait?

March 1, 2011 11:57 PM

Superfly_NikeGuy_7 said:

Glorry, Glory Man. United!

March 2, 2011 12:20 AM

reddevilsrock said:

look at the top pic theres a canadian flag!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????????????????

March 2, 2011 12:44 AM

pcm19 said:




March 2, 2011 1:33 AM

ChivasChelseaFan said:


someone on here predicted the score right!!!

March 2, 2011 2:55 AM

Red Devils 4 Life said:

ugh well we will beat them at OT

March 2, 2011 3:44 AM

Waldrinho said:

Oh god what a match!  I had to TiVo it and keep my eyes off the net all day until after work.  El Nino should have taken that shot in the box towards the end.  That would have been such nail in the coffin if he'd have scored the third. . . My man Javier Hernandez was a bit of a disappointment.  And I did not catch word of why Drogba did not start.  Anyone know?  -Hate both clubs, but love some of the players and really appreciate it when to powerhouses go head to head. . .  PS C'mon City!!!

March 2, 2011 4:45 AM

roosters_nsw said:


March 2, 2011 5:18 AM

jeff10 said:

lol, another red for Vidic!!!!!!!!!

March 2, 2011 6:23 AM

F50mate said:

yehh thats right chelsea won you aggets

March 2, 2011 8:24 AM
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