Chelsea fans still cry in to their pillow at the thought of Jose Mourinho, the man that guided them to their first title in 50 years, as well as winning both domestic cups. Only a couple of years before they were on the brink of bankruptcy, but for three years they got to see a bus carrying at least one trophy through their streets.
Mourinho started this season badly, dropping points in the league and playing badly in the European Cup. It was the 0-0 against Rosenburg that pushed Chelsea over the edge, spoilt by the success of recent years, and the half full Stamford Bridge booed their team off the field. Two days later, Mourinho was sacked.
However, under Avram Grant, Chelsea have managed to keep United close, despite playing what could only be described as dreadful football on several occasions. The tactically inept Grant saw Chelsea lose in the Carling Cup final against local rivals Spurs, as well as being dumped out of the FA Cup by Barnsley.
Today though, there is everything to play for, as United travel to Stamford Bridge for a 12.45 kick off. A win for Chelsea would see United remain top of the league, but only on goal difference, with two games left to play. However, Jose Mourinho has claimed even if Chelsea collect three points today, he favours United to reclaim their trophy.
“I think Manchester United are in a better position, because even if they leave Stamford Bridge with the same number of points they know that they play one match at home and one match away then they are champions,” Mourinho said. “So I always like when the team has their destiny in their own hands and in this moment Manchester United has their destiny in their hands.”
Do you agree with Mourinho, can United afford to lose today?