With the new season kicking off this weekend, let’s reminisce in some of United’s former clashes with Sundays opponents, Chelsea.
5 – Manchester United 3 – 0 Chelsea (11th January 2009)
United Goalscorers – Nemanja Vidic (45), Wayne Rooney (63) Dimitar Berbatov (87)
In a must win premier league fixture in order to try and keep up the pace with Rafa Benitez’s Liverpool side, United certainly didn’t disappoint.
United took the lead on the stroke of half time with a Nemanja Vidic diving header that followed a disallowed Cristiano Ronaldo goal from the corner seconds beforehand.
18 minutes into the second half, Wayne Rooney then doubled the reds lead firing home from close range after a superb first time cross from Patrice Evra. In the dying embers of the game silky striker Dimitar Berbatov finished off the rout volleying into the bottom left from a powerful Ronaldo free kick.
This win kept united going in a stellar season which saw them pick up their 18th league title.
4 – Chelsea 3 – 5 Manchester United (4th January 1998)
United Goalscorers: David Beckham (23, 28) Andrew Cole (45, 65) Teddy Sheringham (74)
Chelsea Goalscorers: Graeme Le Saux (78) Gianluca Vialli (83, 88)
In a wildly entertaining third round FA Cup tie United came out 5-3 winners against a tough Chelsea team at Stamford Bridge.
David Beckham kicked off the scoring with a close range volley set up by Sheringham with a neat flicked header. Beckham struck again minutes later with a beautiful curling free-kick that nestled in the bottom right corner.
To United fans delight, they didn’t stop there. Andy Cole bagged a wonderful brace in typical Cole fashion with two clinical finishes meaning the reds were up 4-0 away from home with only 65 minutes played. To add insult to injury, Sheringham finished off the reds scoring with a bullet header.
Unfortunately we didn’t end the game as well as we started – conceding three in a row in the last 12 minutes which may have shaken a few of the travelling away fans nerves.
Nevertheless United held on and came out victorious with a five-star performance.
3 – Chelsea 2 – 3 Manchester United (28th October 2012)
United Goalscorers: David Luiz OG (4) Robin Van Persie (12) Javier Hernández (75)
Chelsea Goalscorers: Juan Mata (44) Ramires (53)
In October of 2012 United went into their toughest test of the season yet, a trip to Stamford Bridge to face Roberto Di Matteo’s unbeaten Chelsea side.
United made an extremely bright start and just inside 5 minutes found themselves 1-0 up thanks to Robin Van Persie’s strike cannoning back off the post, hitting David Luiz and ending up in the back of the Chelsea net.
Things only got better for the boys in red when after 12 minutes Antonio Valencia put in a wonderful drilled cross that invited Van Persie to slot past Petr Cech.
However, the balance swung in Chelsea’s favour when our beloved Juan Mata stepped up just before the break and curled a stunning free-kick into the top left corner leaving his fellow Spaniard De Gea with no chance.
Things got worse for Fergie’s men when the little Brazilian Ramires leapt highest in United’s box and made it all square at the bridge.
Fortunes changed when Chelsea went down to 9 men with Branislav Ivanovic receiving a straight red for bringing down Ashley Young and Fernando Torres was punished with a second yellow for simulation.
This sparked belief in the United players and with 15 minutes left on the clock Javier Hernandez scored a controversial winner, seeming to come from an offside position.
This proved to be Ferguson’s last win over Chelsea, and what a win it was.
2 – Manchester United 4 – 0 Chelsea (14th May 1994)
United Goalscorers: Eric Cantona (59, 64) Mark Hughes (68) Brian McClair (90)
United came into this FA Cup final as the champions of England and were looking to secure the double over Glenn Hoddle’s side.
The first half left fans of both sides somewhat disappointed with not many chances falling to either team. Chelsea came closest with Gavin Peacock’s looping volley rattled off the crossbar.
Just before 60 minutes, Denis Irwin was crunched by a hard challenge in Chelsea’s penalty area and the ref had no choice but to point to the penalty spot. Come of the hour, come of the man. King Eric stepped up and dispatched the penalty with ease to put United one up at Wembley.
No more than 5 minutes later, the referee favoured United again and pointed to the spot following a push on Andrei Kanchelskis. You may as well have replayed the first goal as Cantona put away an almost identical penalty down to the keepers right.
Things only got better for the reds when Mark Hughes broke through the defence brilliantly and rifled one into the bottom corner, making it 3 goals in 9 minutes for United.
Brian McClair provided the cherry on top of the cake after he gratefully tapped home after great work by Paul Ince to round the keeper before squaring it unselfishly to his fellow team-mate.
United secured the double and made it 8 FA Cups, matching the record set by Tottenham three years prior.
1 – Manchester United 1 – 1 Chelsea: United win 6 – 5 on penalties (21st May 2008)
United Goalscorers: Cristiano Ronaldo (26)
Chelsea Goalscorers: Frank Lampard (45)
It had to be didn’t it? Following an unbelievable campaign United found themselves in an all English European final with the chance to secure another famous double over Chelsea again.
Both teams started nervously but after 26 minutes the deadlock was broken when Wes Brown put in a delightful ball for Cristiano Ronaldo to head home.
The lead was short-lived however with Frank Lampard equalising for Chelsea just before the interval. The second half passed without much to shout about and both teams headed into extra time.
Didier Drogba stole the headlines in extra time by slapping Nemanja Vidic and receiving the only red card of the game 4 minutes from time. These minutes passed by with no goals and both teams prepared for penalties.
United’s hero of the first half Cristiano Ronaldo missed his third penalty which gave Chelsea legend and captain John Terry to win them the cup, only for him to slip and hit the post. Edwin Van Der Sar then saved Nicolas Anelka’s penalty and the rest is history.
The Dutchman’s heroics led United to their third European title and made United’s night in Moscow one to remember.
In recent years, our battles with Chelsea haven’t ended so well with United coming out as victors just the 3 times in 15 matches since 2014. Let’s hope we can pull one over on them and start the season off right this Sunday!