United vs Chelsea - Review
It was a great game to watch and we got a point of a match everyone expected us to lose. The main battle was always supposed to be in midfield but Van Gaal used Fellaini, RVP and Di Maria brilliantly as they sat in the gap between defenders and midfield all game long.
Though we got a point, we definitely had more than our fair share of chances to win it. That was one of things I mentioned in my previous post. We have the firepower to create a lot of chances but we need to convert them into goals.
De Gea was brilliant once again stopping Hazard one on one. Di Maria and RVP had a quite game till the very end where RVP scored off Di Maria’s freekick. Blind was ever present at the back, with Shaw showing improvement from the last game.
One thing I noted was the time it took for the crosses to be sent into the box by wingers and full backs. I think we took too much time on releasing the ball allowing the Chelsea defence to get into position. Chasing the game, when United finally upped the tempo and went after Chelsea I felt they were far too organized for us to keep lobbing crosses in. That is one place where I felt the lone striker did not work for most of the game as there was really no way through for RVP through the center to goal. He only got through once for the giant Courtois to stop his shot.
Overall I think we got away with it as much on our own as well as taking advantage of Chelsea taking a step back, bringing on Mikel for Oscar, and letting us come back into the game.
Next Week - Derby Sunday! I hope we play Falcao and RVP up front along with Rooney and Herrera supporting Blind in the middle. I think Fellaini would be given another run given his good performance against Chelsea where he kept Fabregas quiet the whole game. He could be tasked next week to deal with Yaya Toure. More on that game later.
For now here is the analysis of the game from Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher on the game.
LVG and Mourinho reaction after the goal.