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United close in on title

2011-05-08 19:26

Manchester - Manchester United defeated Chelsea 2-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday to leave themselves on the brink of a record 19th Premier League title.

First-half goals from Javier Hernandez and captain Nemanja Vidic clinched a deserved victory which means Sir Alex Ferguson's side need just one point from their remaining games against Blackburn and Blackpool to clinch the title.

Man-of-the-match Ryan Giggs admitted United were tantalisingly close to clinching the Premier League, a championship triumph that will see them pass Liverpool as English football's most successful club.

"It's a massive step forward," Giggs told Sky Sports.

"Mathematically it's not done yet, but we're nearly there. We've just got to finish the job next week."

Giggs, who is on course to collect an astonishing 12th Premier League winners medal, said supplanting Liverpool would be a "great achievement."

"Fifteen or 20 years ago you'd have never thought it. It's a great achievement by the team and the manager to overhaul our biggest rivals of the 70s, 80s and 90s," the 37-year-old veteran added.

Chelsea - whose lone goal came from the boot of Frank Lampard - had clawed back a 15-point deficit to leave themselves only three points behind United heading into Sunday's heavyweight encounter.

But the reigning champions were blown away in a devastating opening period which saw United take a 2-0 lead within 23 minutes, Hernandez scoring after only 37 seconds to spark delirium at Old Trafford.

South Korean international Park Ji-Sung surged into space from midfield before sliding a pass through to the young Mexican international, who nipped in behind David Luiz and slotted past Petr Cech.

It got better for United in the 23rd minute, when a short corner routine saw Park feed Giggs, who jinked past Salomon Kalou before whipping over a cross for Vidic, who shrugged off Branislav Ivanovic to nod home.

The double strike left Chelsea reeling although the Londoners did have their chances to get back in the game, United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar blocking Kalou's close-range header superbly.

The veteran Dutch international was pressed into action again soon afterwards, blocking a long-range Luiz shot with his midriff.

Lampard gave Chelsea hope on 68 minutes, prodding in from close range after Ivanovic knocked down a deflected Ramires cross, but United were not to be denied.

AFP

Comments
  • Ginseng - 2011-05-08 19:33

    Number 19!!! Well done Sir Alex, you really did knock Liverpool off there f#$%ing perch!

      Paul - 2011-05-09 07:35

      Glory glory Man utd ...Bring on Barca (divers)

  • Samurai Demo - 2011-05-08 19:44

    @ginseng, just as liverpool got knocked off their perch so will united one day. be happy with 1 trophy this season as thats all united will get. cl final you will be coming up against players who have won every single thing in football. xavi, iniesta, pique, puyol et al have won leagues, local cups, champions leagues, super cups, world club cups, a world cup, euro 2008 . . . what have useless ferdinand, rooney, giggs et al achieved internationally? sweet fk all thats what! spanish football forever!

      Ginseng - 2011-05-08 20:12

      Rofl, obviously Giggs hasn't won any internantional trophies, he plays for Wales. What a stupid comment. And what does this article have to do about Spanish football? If United can win 1 trophy a year I would want it to be the premier league, anything else is a bonus. The Premier League title and a champions league final, regarless of the result of that match, is an awesome season for United! United for life!!!! :-D

      Suckerz - 2011-05-08 21:21

      Ah Demo.... I would not argue with you lest I be dragged down to your level and then have you beat me with experience!

      AntonKingsize - 2011-05-09 05:50

      stupid chop . . . This is an article about the premiership you ass! And united will lay your spanish team to rest in the champions league shortly . . . .doos.

      Man U - 2011-05-09 09:42

      @ Samurai: You were predicting a Chelsea win yesterday. What happend you Moron? Please, don't count your chickens before they hatch! You will have more egg on your face!

      Winston - 2011-05-09 10:05

      @ Samurai wannabe. We all know who plays for Barca... We all know what they have won... We all know they are without doubt the best team on earth... But that being said - BRING IT ON!!! If there is one team who can really test their defence, its United.

      SpaceFrog - 2011-05-09 12:46

      You are probably one of those chops that that knows nothing about football and picks the best side in the world which currently is Barca and supports them. Why are you naming international successes? Manchester United have won everything Barca has as a club....

  • Huntz - 2011-05-08 19:58

    Geesh...you get sore loosers and .....more sore looser....

  • Aribs - 2011-05-08 23:21

    United, United, United...not a lot of Chelsea supporters commenting tonight...why so sour chaps?

  • Exzim - 2011-05-09 08:15

    My friends, Barca is a different story. Their defence is SO different to the sluggish John Terry. Revel in your premiership win...it is the only bit of the "treble" you will see! Barca will eat Manure

      Paul - 2011-05-09 11:37

      idiot

      Aribs - 2011-05-09 13:59

      This is an article about the premership title chop hole...! Go comment on a kiddies site. Imbecile!

  • -141-Sean - 2011-05-09 08:33

    GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED!!

  • Bob - 2011-05-09 08:38

    Its not over yet, how fantastic would that be if Uted lose their last two games and Chelski pinch the title, ah I can dream, the ture mighty reds are on their way back and will soon regain their record of titles, hurts me to say but Utd actually did play quite well on Sunday and deserved their victory.

      RED MANC - 2011-05-09 11:12

      Thank you Bob for those kind words about United , the mighty reds will be playing in the europa league next season , again , though and United will win title number 20 .

      Harold - 2011-05-09 11:54

      Scumbob, what does it take to shut you up? Liverpool winning the league? It will not happen in a long time. I guess we just have to put with you.

      Aribs - 2011-05-09 14:03

      Yes...Liverpool are on the up...but can they and their 'King Kenny" handle the pressure of a title race...? History shows otherwise and Liverpool fans only have their history at the moment...sorry mate United will have pretty much the same team and manager next season and it will take consistent Liverpool performances to de throne United...something they are lacking at the mo....watch..they'll lose to Fulham tonight...

      Man U - 2011-05-09 14:54

      Same story Bob, different season! Yeah, we won't hold our breaths for a "Mighty Scouser Revival"

  • JustinD - 2011-05-09 09:16

    Again MU shows how to win the league. Aresnil will become a mid table team soon, and the show ponies of City and Chelsea are just that....big money for nothing.

  • samog - 2011-05-09 10:32

    Superb season for us Man U supporters we are cheering you all the way guys keep the title up.

  • RED MANC - 2011-05-09 11:04

    Chelsea effectively lost the match when they conceded the first goal . They looked shell-shocked for the rest of the half and even more so after the second goal went in . Even with the ref and the linesmen on their payroll they still could not win . GGMU !!

      Joe - 2011-05-10 09:30

      Comments on the Ref & linesmen are of poor taste. Nonetheless, Man Unt are by far the class act of the PL. Chelsea a very close second and can still steal it (although I very much doubt). Liverpool is on the up and forget about stupid comments (not from you) about the title race characteristics (like they have inside info.).Anyway, the current Liverpool team despite their outstanding performance last night against Fulham... is still not championship material . . however, the signs are there of a major revival next season. As a die-hard Liverpool supporter ... an early congrats to Man Untd and to Alex Ferguson ... for a largely entertaining season and oustanding season-long performance. Your comments were more in line with intelligence . .therefore I preferred replying to your comments.

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