Manchester Utd 3 Chelsea 1

Luis Nani

Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Chel­sea 1, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Sep­tember 18, 2011. Man­chester Uni­ted ma­naged to over­come fel­low Pre­mier Lea­gue title chasers Chel­sea at Old Traf­ford. Goals from Chris Smalling, Lu­is Nani, and Way­ne Roo­ney in the fir­st ha­lf ev­entually saw the ho­me out­fit run out 3-1 win­ners over the West Lon­doners in the end.

Ta­ble top­ping Man­chester Uni­ted had out­classed Bol­ton Wan­derers 5-0 at Ree­bok Sta­dium in their pre­vi­ous Pre­mier Lea­gue fix­ture thanks to a hat-trick from the in­form Way­ne Roo­ney and a brace by Javi­er “Chi­charito” Her­nandez, whi­le third pla­ced Chel­sea had de­feated Sun­der­land 2-1 at The Sta­dium of Light in their last Pre­miership ga­me cour­tesy of a goal each from John Terry and Dan­iel Stur­ridge. Man­chester Uni­ted raced in­to an early 1-0 lead as ex­cit­ing new wing­er Ash­ley Young sent an ex­cel­lent free-kick to­wards the six-yard area where de­fender Chris Smalling head­ed ho­me in the eighth min­ute of play. And af­ter thirty-six min­utes, Por­tuguese in­ter­na­tion­al Lu­is Nani doubled the ad­vant­age for Man­chester Uni­ted wi­th a su­perb ef­fort from out­side the eight­een-yard box which gave Chel­sea and Czech Re­pub­lic cus­todi­an Petr Cech no chan­ce to save what­soever. Then, shortly be­fore the sound of the ha­lf-time whistle, for­mer Black­burn Rov­ers stop­per Phil Jones ex­ecuted a bril­liant one-two wi­th Roo­ney be­fore the ball ev­entually ended up in the path of the trig­ger happy sharp­shoot­er who calmly slammed it pa­st Cech and in­to the back of the net. A mere thirty sec­onds in­to the sec­ond pe­riod, tho­ugh, Span­ish in­ter­na­tion­al Fer­nando Torres pulled one back for The Pen­sion­ers when he re­ceived a clev­er pass from strik­ing part­ner Nic­olas Anelka and clipped the ball pa­st Da­vid de Gea in the Man­chester Uni­ted goal from short dis­tance. A mind­less chal­lenge by Stam­ford Bridge de­fender Jose Bos­ing­wa on fel­low coun­try­man Nani led to a pen­alty just ten min­utes la­ter, but Rooney´s spot-kick went wide.

Reign­ing Pre­mier Lea­gue Cham­pi­ons Man­chester Uni­ted con­tin­ued to dom­in­ate and the hosts had num­ber of goal scor­ing op­por­tun­it­ies as they kept pres­sur­ing the away de­fence. Two min­utes pa­st the hour ma­rk, Mi­chael Car­rick and An­tonio Va­lencia re­placed Oli­veira An­der­son and Chris Smalling re­spect­ively, and in the sev­enty-ninth min­ute Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov came on for Chi­charito who was in­jured fol­low­ing a nasty two-footed tack­le by Chel­sea de­fender Ash­ley Cole. Chel­sea also had their mo­ments, how­ever, and Torres should have sco­red his sec­ond goal of the clash wi­th sev­en­teen min­utes re­maining of nor­mal time, but the Span­iard ma­naged to put the ball pa­st the up­right from a mere six-yards out. Ber­batov then al­most ad­ded a fourth goal for Uni­ted dur­ing stop­page time, on­ly to see his ef­fort cleared off the line by Cole. Af­ter over­com­ing The Blues by 3-1 at ho­me, Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s si­de were now top­ping the Pre­miership ta­ble wi­th fif­teen points col­lec­ted from five mat­ches played, two points clear of sec­ond pla­ced Man­chester City, five ahead of third po­si­tioned Chel­sea, and six above New­castle Uni­ted in fourth spot. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Jon­ny Evans, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Dar­ren Fletch­er, Lu­is Car­los Al­meida da Cunha, An­der­son Lu­is de Ab­reu Oli­veira, Javi­er Her­nandez, Way­ne Roo­ney, Ash­ley Young. Sub­stitutes: Fa­bio Pe­reira da Silva, Mi­chael Car­rick, Lu­is An­tonio Va­lencia Mos­quera, Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov, Ry­an Gig­gs, Ji-sung Park, An­ders Linde­gaard. Chel­sea Te­am: Petr Cech, John Terry, Jose Bos­ing­wa, Bran­islav Ivan­ovic, Ash­ley Cole, Ju­an Ma­ta, Frank Lam­pard Ju­ni­or, Ramires San­tos do Nas­ci­mento, Raul Meireles, Dan­iel Stur­ridge, Fer­nando Torres. Sub­stitutes: Da­vid Luiz, John Obi Mikel, Ori­ol Romeu, Nic­olas Anelka, Ro­melu Lu­kaku, Florent Malouda, Ross Turn­bull.

 

Luis Nani Quickfacts

Lu­is Nani began his ca­reer wi­th loc­al club Re­al Mas­sama be­fore he joi­ned Por­tuguese Primeira Liga gi­ants Sport­ing Clube de Por­tugal where he made his de­but as a sub­sti­tute for Cus­todio Casto in a 1–0 Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue Qual­i­fy­ing loss to Ud­inese at Es­ta­dio Jose Al­valade on the 10th of Au­gust 2005.

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