Manchester U 2 Chelsea 1
Manchester United 2 Chelsea 1, Old Trafford, English Premier League, May 8, 2011. Javier Hernandez recorded the opener inside the first minute before Nemanja Vidic doubled the lead on 23 minutes, and although Frank Lampard pulled one back for the West Londoners following the restart, the goal proved to be just a consolation for the music hall fall guys.
Chelsea had the chance to go top of the Premier League table on goal difference with a win over Manchester United at Old Trafford, but The Reds netted already after 36 seconds when a magnificent pass from midfield workhorse Ji-Sung Park found Javier Hernandez who calmly put the ball past away shot stopper Petr Cech and into the back of the net. And midway through the first half, Ryan Giggs provided a brilliant cross for Nemanja Vidic whose fierce header gave Cech no chance to save whatsoever. Chelsea had a couple of quality goal scoring opportunities before the half-time whistle, but The Blues found themselves unable to beat Manchester United custodian Edwin van der Sar. And even though Frank Lampard managed to score for the West London club in the 69th minute of proceedings, Sir Alex Ferguson´s troops continued to dominate the clash and held on for a home victory. After overcoming Chelsea by 2-1, Manchester United now needed to take just one point from their last two games to clinch the Premiership title. Manchester United Team: Edwin van der Sar, John O’Shea, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Fabio, Valencia, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Ji-Sung Park, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez. Substitutes: Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Anderson, Nani, Dimitar Berbatov, Paul Scholes, Tomasz Kuszczak. Chelsea Team: Petr Cech, John Terry, David Luiz, Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole, John Mikel, Michael Essien, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou, Florent Malouda. Substitutes: Nicolas Anelka, Yossi Benayoun, Fernando Torres, Alex, Paulo Ferreira, Ramires, Ross Turnbull.