BBC Sport football

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 17:04 GMT, Sunday, 8 May 2011 18:04 UK

Man Utd   2 - 1   Chelsea

Nemanja Vidic
Nemanja Vidic (left) scored United's second after 23 minutes

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Old Trafford

Manchester United moved to within a point of a record 19th title after a deserved win against closest rivals Chelsea at an exultant Old Trafford.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson insisted victory would effectively end Chelsea's reign as champions and return the Premier League crown to United, writing a fresh chapter in the club's glittering history.

And United wasted no time in exerting their authority on Chelsea as Javier Hernandez struck after only 36 seconds and captain Nemanja Vidic headed the second in a blistering opening spell that established the foundations for what is likely to prove a decisive victory.

Frank Lampard gave Chelsea a glimmer of hope with a scrappy strike midway through the second half - but it was United who still looked more likely to score, even in the anxious closing stages before Old Trafford erupted in celebration as Howard Webb blew the final whistle.

And as if to emphasise the significance of events, Ferguson was even moved to bow in front of the Stretford End as he marched triumphantly towards the dressing room.

Poor first half cost Chelsea - Ancelotti

United now only need to avoid defeat in one of their final two games, away at Blackburn Rovers and at home to Blackpool, to complete the formalities and overhaul the record of 18 titles they share with arch-rivals Liverpool.

Ferguson will relish the moment after famously vowing to "knock Liverpool off their perch" when he came to Old Trafford from Aberdeen in 1986. The statistic will be a glittering reflection of the success of his mission.

For Chelsea and their manager Carlo Ancelotti the outlook is now uncertain as they end the season empty handed with an ageing squad and questions surrounding the future of the Italian.

United swarmed all over Chelsea from the first whistle, fired up to extend an advantage that had been reduced to only three points in recent weeks, adding to the pressure of this high-octane Premier League occasion.

Ferguson was not short of heroes, but it was the unsung Park Ji-sung who set the tone with his tireless efforts as he refused to give Chelsea a moment's peace in midfield, making players of the calibre of Lampard and Michael Essien look laboured and pedestrian in the process.

PHIL MCNULTY'S BLOG

The United manager has also uncovered a potent and beautifully balanced strike partnership in the poacher Hernandez and creator Wayne Rooney, who made it a harrowing experience for Chelsea's £25m defender David Luiz, who was put out of his misery after only 45 minutes.

All that remains is for United to officially claim the crown, but as Sir Bobby Charlton raised his hands in elation at the final whistle, Old Trafford celebrated as if the job was done.

United were missing Patrice Evra because of a thigh strain, but Ferguson was able to wheel out the big guns once more after resting many of his front-line stars in the Champions League semi-final victory against Schalke.

Ancelotti, as expected, opted for Didier Drogba ahead of Fernando Torres in attack as Chelsea attempted to fashion the victory that would have seen them leapfrog United at the top of the table.

The first meaningful blow was always going to be of huge importance, even more so when United were able to deliver it inside the first minute to give Ferguson the dream start.

Ryan Giggs fed Park and the Korean's pass cut out Luiz enabling Hernandez to demonstrate the composure and cutting edge that have become his hallmark in an outstanding first season. The Mexican raced clear and slipped a cool finish past Chelsea keeper Petr Cech for his 20th goal of the campaign.

Chelsea were in serious danger of being overrun in the one-sided opening exchanges, with Rooney bringing a flying save from Cech and also shooting narrowly wide as United laid siege to the goal.

One point still needed - Phelan

Hernandez was inches away from connecting for his second while the industrious Park also tested the overworked Cech at his near post with an angled effort with Chelsea unable to impose any sort of influence on proceedings.

United's supremacy deserved further reward and it duly came after 23 minutes when Giggs evaded Salomon Kalou after working a short corner and the towering figure of Vidic threw himself forward eight yards out to head past Cech.

Vidic's goal came just as Chelsea were settling, but their attempts to work their way back into contention were thwarted by United keeper Edwin van der Sar, who saved twice from Kalou and also from Drogba.

FOOTBALL TACTICS BLOG

Tensions and emotions were running high, which was only to expected given the prize at stake, and Rooney was heavily involved. Branislav Ivanovic was booked for a foul on the striker, who then picked up a yellow card for a clumsy challenge on Luiz.

Ivanovic was relieved to go unpunished by referee Webb following another clash which left Rooney writhing in agony. Chelsea's fans clearly felt he was making the most of the incident in an attempt to get Ivanovic sent off and Rooney gestured angrily in their direction as he tried to complete his recovery.

Luiz had suffered a nightmare first-half and paid the price when he was replaced by Alex at the interval, with Ramires also coming on for John Obi Mikel.

United had vehement appeals for a penalty waved away by Webb after 52 minutes when Lampard handled Antonio Valencia's cross and with no sign of a shift in momentum Ancelotti gave Torres the last 25 minutes at the expense of Kalou.

He was not involved as Chelsea gave themselves a lifeline two minutes later, Lampard scrambling home from close range after Ivanovic knocked down Ramires' cross.

It then took a miraculous goal-line clearance from Alex to stop United restoring their two-goal lead almost immediately, throwing himself in front an open goal to stop Rooney turning in Hernandez's cross.

Rooney had presented a menacing figure throughout and as the game entered the final 10 minutes he again posed a threat to the visitors. He was driven away from danger by Cech as he burst into the area and then saw a shot deflected over the top.

Hernandez has proved the arch-predator for United this season, so it was a surprise to see him head Valencia's cross over the top from only six yards after Cech was left exposed by the quality of the cross and the wonderful natural movement of the striker.

The uncharacteristic miss did not prove expensive - and the joyous scenes that swept around Old Trafford at the end signalled that a record-breaking title is almost won.

Live text and stats

 

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man Utd 2-1 Chelsea FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Hernandez 1
  • Vidic 23
  • Lampard 68

Man Utd

Substitutes

Chelsea

Substitutes

Ref: H WebbAtt: 75,445
MAN UTD
CHELSEA

Possession

  • Man Utd 46%
  • Chelsea 54%

Attempts on target

  • Man Utd 8
  • Chelsea 11

Attempts off target

  • Man Utd 5
  • Chelsea 8

Corners

  • Man Utd 7
  • Chelsea 2

Fouls

  • Man Utd 12
  • Chelsea 14
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:09 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+3:10 Ashley Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Ji-Sung Park. Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+2:34 Long range effort by Michael Essien goes over the bar.
  • 90:00+2:14 Javier Hernandez is caught offside. Michael Essien restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+2:04 The ball is crossed by Frank Lampard, clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.
  • 90:00+1:26 A cross is delivered by Florent Malouda, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+0:25 Wayne Rooney produces a drilled right-footed shot from 12 yards. Blocked by John Terry.
  • 89:35 Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 89:35 Booking Didier Drogba shown a yellow card.
  • 89:24 Unfair challenge on Michael Carrick by Didier Drogba results in a free kick.
  • 88:39 Effort from inside the area by Javier Hernandez misses to the right of the target.
  • 88:34 Antonio Valencia crosses the ball, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.
  • 88:12 Handball by John Terry. Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.
  • 87:19 Substitution Chris Smalling is brought on as a substitute for Fabio Da Silva.
  • 87:05 Effort from deep inside the area by Fernando Torres misses to the left of the target.
  • 86:03 Javier Hernandez has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
  • 85:32 Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.
  • 85:32 Booking Ramires booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 85:20 Ramires gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Giggs.
  • 83:26 Fernando Torres concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabio Da Silva. Edwin Van der Sar takes the direct free kick.
  • 82:42 Ryan Giggs decides to take the corner short.
  • 82:42 Booking Ryan Giggs booked.
  • 82:04 Wayne Rooney takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Alex.
  • 81:28 Wayne Rooney produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
  • 80:52 Michael Carrick fouled by Frank Lampard, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.
  • 80:26 The assistant referee signals for offside against Didier Drogba. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
  • 78:39 Alex gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nemanja Vidic. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
  • 74:58 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 72:37 Ryan Giggs takes a short corner.
  • 71:01 Foul by Antonio Valencia on Ashley Cole, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
  • 70:32 Ramires gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Giggs. Free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.
  • 69:31 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Alex gets a block in.
  • 68:23 Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot.
  • 67:59 Assist on the goal came from Branislav Ivanovic.
  • 67:59 GOAL - Frank LampardMan Utd 2 - 1 Chelsea Frank Lampard finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 2-1 Chelsea.
  • 66:57 Effort from inside the area by Didier Drogba misses to the right of the goal.
  • 65:06 Centre by Ramires, save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 64:25 Alex has a drilled shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 63:13 Effort on goal by Florent Malouda from 25 yards. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic.
  • 60:56 Substitution (Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Fernando Torres coming on for Salomon Kalou.
  • 60:21 Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs.
  • 60:15 Antonio Valencia crosses the ball, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.
  • 58:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Jonathan Evans. Michael Essien restarts play with the free kick.
  • 56:27 Antonio Valencia concedes a free kick for a foul on Frank Lampard. Frank Lampard takes the direct free kick.
  • 54:16 Didier Drogba is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 50:43 Shot from outside the penalty box by Florent Malouda goes wide right of the goal.
  • 49:55 Ji-Sung Park gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Frank Lampard. Michael Essien takes the free kick.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution Jonathan Evans joins the action as a substitute, replacing John O'Shea.
  • 45:01 Substitution Alex replaces Marinho David Luiz.
  • 45:01 Substitution Mikel goes off and Ramires comes on.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:05 The ref blows to end the first period.
  • 45:00+2:34 Foul by Fabio Da Silva on Florent Malouda, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
  • 45:00+1:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Terry by Antonio Valencia. Ashley Cole takes the free kick.
  • 45:00+0:26 The ball is delivered by Antonio Valencia.
  • 45:00+0:21 The ball is crossed by Ji-Sung Park.
  • 44:34 Ryan Giggs takes a outswinging corner.
  • 44:03 Short corner worked by Didier Drogba.
  • 43:46 Shot by Didier Drogba. Blocked by John O'Shea.
  • 42:56 Antonio Valencia takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
  • 42:31 Ryan Giggs takes a short corner.
  • 42:24 Antonio Valencia delivers the ball, Mikel makes a clearance.
  • 42:04 Free kick taken by John O'Shea.
  • 42:04 Booking Michael Essien booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 41:57 Michael Essien challenges Ji-Sung Park unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 39:53 Unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney by Branislav Ivanovic results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.
  • 39:17 Didier Drogba delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, John O'Shea manages to make a clearance.
  • 38:51 Booking The referee shows Wayne Rooney a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 37:42 Unfair challenge on Marinho David Luiz by Wayne Rooney results in a free kick.
  • 37:31 A cross is delivered by Salomon Kalou, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.
  • 36:59 Javier Hernandez is ruled offside. John Terry takes the indirect free kick.
  • 36:19 Fabio Da Silva challenges Florent Malouda unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
  • 33:41 Shot by Mikel. Nemanja Vidic gets a block in.
  • 31:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Florent Malouda by Antonio Valencia. Didier Drogba has an effort direct from the free kick.
  • 29:22 Ryan Giggs gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Salomon Kalou. Didier Drogba produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 28:39 Drilled left-footed shot by Marinho David Luiz. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 27:59 John O'Shea gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Salomon Kalou. Mikel takes the free kick.
  • 25:16 Effort from inside the six-yard box by Branislav Ivanovic goes wide left of the target.
  • 24:23 Outswinging corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 23:12 Ryan Giggs sends in a cross,
  • 22:53 Ryan Giggs provided the assist for the goal.
  • 22:53 GOAL - Nemanja VidicMan Utd 2 - 0 Chelsea Nemanja Vidic finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Man Utd 2-0 Chelsea.
  • 22:40 Short corner taken by Ryan Giggs.
  • 22:28 Shot by Ji-Sung Park. Petr Cech makes a brilliant save.
  • 22:16 Centre by Wayne Rooney, Marinho David Luiz manages to make a clearance.
  • 22:06 Fabio Da Silva produces a cross, clearance by Branislav Ivanovic.
  • 20:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Wayne Rooney. Free kick taken by Wayne Rooney.
  • 19:26 Drilled right-footed shot by Salomon Kalou. Comfortable save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 18:23 Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • Correction - 18:07 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
  • 18:07 Didier Drogba takes a shot.
  • 14:06 Effort from the edge of the area by Wayne Rooney goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 11:39 Nemanja Vidic restarts play with the free kick.
  • 11:39 Booking Caution for Branislav Ivanovic.
  • 11:25 Branislav Ivanovic challenges Wayne Rooney unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 9:31 Unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park by Mikel results in a free kick. Ryan Giggs takes the free kick.
  • 8:45 Didier Drogba has an effort at goal from long distance that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 7:53 Ryan Giggs takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Didier Drogba.
  • 7:34 Wayne Rooney has a drilled shot. Brilliant save by Petr Cech.
  • 6:41 Didier Drogba concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Carrick. Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 5:36 Shot from 18 yards by Antonio Valencia. Blocked by Ashley Cole.
  • 3:18 The offside flag is raised against Javier Hernandez. John Terry takes the free kick.
  • 2:03 Foul by Marinho David Luiz on Javier Hernandez, free kick awarded. Ryan Giggs crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Didier Drogba.
  • 0:35 The assist for the goal came from Ji-Sung Park.
  • 0:35 GOAL - Javier HernandezMan Utd 1 - 0 Chelsea Javier Hernandez scores a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 Chelsea.
  • 0:18 Foul by Antonio Valencia on Ashley Cole, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

Live text and data provided by The Press Association.



Print Sponsor


Barclays Premier League results

8 May 2011 23:59 UK


Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 8 May 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 36 39 76
2 Chelsea 36 37 70
3 Arsenal 36 30 67
4 Man City 35 21 62
5 Tottenham 35 7 56
6 Liverpool 35 15 55
7 Everton 36 6 51
8 Stoke 36 2 46
9 Bolton 36 -1 46
10 Fulham 35 7 45
11 Newcastle 36 -1 44
12 Sunderland 36 -12 44
13 West Brom 36 -16 43
14 Aston Villa 36 -13 42
15 Blackburn 36 -14 39
16 Birmingham 36 -18 39
17 Wolves 36 -21 37
18 Blackpool 36 -22 36
19 Wigan 36 -23 36
20 West Ham 36 -23 33

see also
Guardiola leads Man Utd plaudits
09 May 11 |  Man Utd
Man Utd eye historic achievement
09 May 11 |  Premier League
Sunday football as it happened
08 May 11 |  Football
Sunday's football photos
08 May 11 |  Football
Giggs salutes Man Utd fighting spirit
09 May 11 |  Man Utd


related bbc links:

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.