After ninety minutes of play at Old Trafford Sunday night, there is no question who the best team in England is, Manchester United. Not only did United complete the rare task of score a trio of goals past Petr Cech, but their swift attack completely dominated Chelsea. For much of the game and all of the second half, John Terry and company played on their heels and simply let the pace of Ronaldo, Rooney and Berbatov take their collective shots at the goal.
Rooney and Berbatov's second half goals not only were brilliant displays of skill on United's behalf, but sheer diabolical defend from Chelsea. Dimitar Berbatov's 87th minute strike sealed the victory for the Red Devils, as he shook Chelsea youngster Di Santo and drilled a cross from Ronaldo's free kick passed Cech easily.
The goal signals the possible end of Premiership glory for Chelsea, who as of now are 4 points adrift of league leaders Liverpool and just a single point ahead of United whom possess two games in hand. If Chelsea are to conjure up a miracle and head back up the table, despite trips to Liverpool and Arsenal remaining, their defending will have to improve. United's 5 shots on goal outweighed Chelsea's lone shot, and six United corners kept the ball in United's half for long spells.
Late in stoppage time of the first half, a Ronaldo goal was called off, only to be recounted on Nemanja Vidic strike moments later off a corner from Ronaldo himself. Sir Alex Ferguson couldn't have imagined a better end to the 1st chapter, allowing the Red Devil's to come out strong after the break and thoroughly control Chelsea. Rooney added a goal in the 63rd minute, and Chelsea was dead in the water from there.
What do these teams go from here? Well for United the 3-0 victory is key in their chase of league rivals Liverpool, and place the Red Devil at top of the table should they win both of their games in hand.
Chelsea's story is quite different. The loss at Old Trafford is just another loss in what is now a long line of disappointing performances, include struggles in UEFA Champions' League group stage, and an early exit in the Carling Cup. If Luiz Felipe Scolari is to keep his gig in London's West End, Chelsea will need silverware, a feat that looks daunting.
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