Chelsea 1 Manchester U 0

Ander Herrera

Chel­sea 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0, Stam­ford Bridge, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, April 18, 2015. Af­ter beat­ing Man­chester City 4-2 at Old Traf­ford thro­ugh a goal each from Ash­ley Young, Mar­ou­ane Fel­laini, Ju­an Ma­ta and Chris Small­ing in their pre­vi­ous fix­ture, Louis van Gaal´s men fell to a 1-0 loss to Chel­sea at Stam­ford Bridge des­pite be­ing the best si­de on the field. 

The Man­chester Uni­ted play­ers packed their gear and hit the road to travel to Lon­don to lock horns wi­th Pre­mier Lea­gue ta­ble top­pers Chel­sea at Stam­ford Bridge on the eight­eenth of April 2015. Reds gaf­fer Louis van Gaal missed the phys­ic­al pres­ence of key play­ers Da­ley Bli­nd, Mi­chael Car­rick, Phil Jones, and Mar­cos Rojo, who were all side­lined wi­th dif­fer­ent in­jur­ies for the fix­ture ag­ainst the mu­sic hall fall guys of foot­ball, whi­le his head coach­ing coun­ter­part Jose Mou­rinho had to man­age with­out Diego Costa and John Obi Mikel be­cause of in­jury prob­lems. Man­chester Uni­ted and Chel­sea had played out an en­ter­tain­ing 1-1 draw at Old Traf­ford in the re­verse meet­ing of the 2014-15 sea­son, and the en­counter at Stam­ford Bridge was wide open. Man­chester Uni­ted con­trolled the pos­ses­sion of the ball for the most part of the ninety min­utes, but the vis­it­ing out­fit failed to find the back of the net, and in­stead it was Chel­sea who ma­naged to score the win­ning and on­ly goal of the ga­me in West Lon­don thanks to of­fens­ive ori­ented mid­field play­er Eden Haz­ard who­se clin­ic­al fin­ish be­at away goal­keeper Da­vid de Gea wi­th on­ly sev­en min­utes left of the fir­st pe­riod of the clash. There was some dra­ma dur­ing stop­page time, how­ever, when Man­chester Uni­ted mid­fielder An­der Her­rera was right­fully book­ed by mat­ch of­fi­cial Mi­ke Dean for diving in an at­tempt to gain a pen­alty-kick for the visitors.

The res­ult left left Ro­man Abramovich´s Chel­sea re­quir­ing nine points from their last six fix­tures to clinch their fourth Pre­mier Lea­gue title in ten years. Man­chester Uni­ted, on the oth­er hand, were now as much as el­ev­en points adrift of The Blues and were left wi­th on­ly a math­em­at­ic­al chan­ce of win­ning the Pre­miership. But des­pite los­ing to the West Lon­doners, Van Gaal was in a fairly good mood af­ter the mat­ch, in which his te­am cre­ated a num­ber of de­cent scor­ing chances that could have giv­en them the win. Louis van Gaal: “I am not frus­trated, I am very proud of my play­ers. Man­chester Uni­ted played the best mat­ch of this sea­son, but in foot­ball, you can lose in spite of wheth­er you are the bet­ter te­am.” Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Lu­ke Shaw, Pad­dy McNair, Chris Small­ing, Va­lencia, Ash­ley Young, Ma­ta, Way­ne Roo­ney, An­der Her­rera, Ra­damel Fal­cao, Mar­ou­ane Fel­laini. Sub­stitutes: Ra­fael, Tyler Black­ett, An­dreas Pe­reira, An­gel Di Mar­ia, Ad­nan Janu­zaj, Robin van Per­sie, Vic­tor Valdes. Chel­sea Te­am: Thibaut Cour­tois, Kurt Zouma, Ga­ry Ca­hill, Cesar Azpilicueta, Bran­islav Ivan­ovic, John Terry, Cesc Fab­re­gas, Eden Haz­ard, Ne­manja Mat­ic, Oscar, Didi­er Dro­gba. Sub­stitutes: Fi­lipe Lu­is, Ju­an Cuad­rado, John Obi Mikel, Ramires, Wil­lian, Domin­ic So­lanke, Petr Cech.

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