mixed fortunes in Europe, the two clubs sitting on top of the English
Premier League meet this Sunday. Of course, regardless of the result
this weekend, Chelsea will remain on top. But here are some reasons why
Manchester United can close the gap on the European champions.
of all, Manchester United have a group of attacking players who are
clicking together and scoring goals. The quartet of Wayne Rooney, Robin
van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez have all scored goals
this past week. The same can't be said about the form that Fernando
Torres has been since his move to Stamford Bridge.
In the league,
Manchester United have scored 21 to Chelsea's 19. The downside is
obviously the vulnerability of the defence which has given away early
leads and leaked goals all season.
course, it will be interesting to see who starts and what formation Sir
Alex will use at Stamford Bridge. Will he look to attack? Will he go
with the thought that a draw would be fine?
thing we do know is that Shinji Kagawa will not play due to a knee
injury picked up against Braga during the week. With this Ferguson may
be tempted to go back to a 4-4-1-1. Trying to accommodate all four
strikers would be nice seeing as they're all in form, but looking at
Chelsea's defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk, width will be very important for
United. After Frank Lampard came off, the trio of Juan Mata, Oscar and
Eden Hazard played very narrow in behind Fernando Torres. This means
Chelsea's fullbacks are left to defend all opposing wide players coming
aforementioned trio, however, will be a major threat to United's
defence. Ferdinand and Evra will be back to form a more settled back
four than the one which conceded twice against Braga. But the lesson
learned from the defeat to Spurs was to defend speed with speed. Which
means choosing a midfield combination will be the most important
decision Sir Alex has to make - to strike a balance with in the side.
Thus I believe a 4-4-1-1 formation would be more suitable with Kagawa
both teams return from European duty this weekend. Chelsea had an
unsuccessful return trip to Ukraine whereas Manchester United played
well enough to get a home win. Sir Alex and his coaches must have seen
some footage of the Chelsea match and seen 23 shots on Petr Cech's goal.
So, coming off the their European adventures, Manchester United are
better placed. Of couse they have yet again suffered from a sloppy start
and Chelsea will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing game.
I believe the game will be incredibly exciting and I see Manchester
United coming away with the three points.
Calling all United fans: Who do you think will play for
United? How will they line up? Will Sir Alex Ferguson go for the win?