Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Who Can Stop Manchester United Now?!

Amazing, amazing, amazing. A truly awe-inspiring display of swift attacking football by the Red Devils killed off any hopes Chelsea had in gaining three points at Old Trafford. Let's face it, Manchester United is not afraid of any team in the Premier League. It may be an inexperienced defensive lineup with Smalling, Jones, Evans and Evra and a weak central midfield with Fletcher and Anderson but yet, the champions despatched an expensively assembled Chelsea team with ease.

When Chelsea saw the line up, the Blues must have felt they had a chance to take the game to United. And so they did. But Chelsea just could not cope with the pace and quickness of the United passing. The Red Devils passed the ball with intent, always moving forwards with the ball and so Chelsea lumbering defence could not cope. By half time, the game was sewn up in front of the Stretford End faithful.

Even a "virtuoso" performance from the much maligned Fernando Torres could not change the game for the Blues. The World Cup winning Spaniard is clearly back to his terrorizing best, much highlighted by his overall performance and his goal over the weekend. While others choose to focus on "The Miss", Torres seems to finally believe he is the star of this Chelsea team. That belief should drive him towards becoming a Chelsea legend. With Drogba and Anelka fading with age, Torres is now firmly established as THE star striker for the Blues.
Going back to amazing United. The Red Devils just keep marching on and on. Ferguson and United has the same approach every game and in the Premier League, it is irresistible. With a young team, United has dealt with Spurs, humbled Arsenal and picked off Chelsea. It's hard to imagine Liverpool and a rampant City getting close to beating the red half of Manchester. It remains to be seen if Fergie will employ a different tactical strategy in the much anticipated Manchester derby in a month's time. It would be a huge motivation for Mancini's City boys if United changes their style for that game.

So it looks like the Manchester derbies are going to be the title deciders even at this early stage of the season. These are the only two clubs which are not going through a transition and evidently have further strengthened their squad of last season.

Now if only Torres had looked up before putting his "weaker" left foot through the ball in the 83rd minute....

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