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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Chelsea v Manchester United: Classic games No 5 - McClair breaks Chelsea hearts


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The champions of Europe and Premier League leaders Chelsea take on their nearest challengers and Premier League giants Manchester United this Sunday and the game promises to be an absolute classic.

Gone are the days when Chelsea used to grind out results and bore teams into submission. Under Roberto Di Matteo this season the Blues have enough creativity throughout their squad to break any team down and if you score one they will score two.

Manchester United have always been good going forward, but defensively they are looking suspect. They lost another two goals at the weekend, this time against Stoke City, but scored four. When Chelsea and United clash there always tends to be goals and I see no reason why this game will be any different.

All this week we will be looking back at classic encounters between the two sides. Today we go back to Boxing Day, 1994, when United edged a five-goal thriller.

Chelsea v Manchester United 5  

Chelsea have always done well against Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson must have felt Blue in this game when Chelsea came back from two down, but Brian McClair was Fergie and United's hero.

Manchester United went one up thanks to Welsh striker Mark Hughes, who scored his fourth goal of the campaign. The French genius of Eric Cantona put the champions two up from the penalty spot and the Red Devils looked home and hosed. However, John Spencer pulled one back after the referee gave Chelsea a penalty and defender Eddie Newton got the Blues back on level terms with his first of the season.

Unfortunately their celebrations were short lived as Brian 'Choccy' McClair replied instantly to ensure a cracking win in a ding-dong affair for the champions.

Traditionally we like to feature classic games with video footage but that is proving to be elusive. If anyone has managed to find any footage on the internet, please forward the link to us so we can share it with everyone.

Come back tomorrow where we will go back to 2002 when David Beckham and Ryan Giggs showed their battling qualities in another high-scoring clash at the Bridge.

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