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Nothing Decided By Chelsea Game

With the League Cup semi-final and Premiership game against Chelsea to be played this week, United have got to keep their concentration, whilst also allowing for the rotation of players. We’re approaching the crucial part of the season and our focus needs to be at its best.

Assistant manager, Mike Phelan, has today claimed that whilst we’re up for the Chelsea match, it’s too early to be calling it a title decider.

“Chelsea are going well, they have some great away form but we’re at home, it’s a terrific game coming at the early part of the year,” Phelan said. “Nothing will be decided from this game, that’s for sure other than three points.”

With plenty of trophies still in our grasp to win this season, following on from the FIFA World Club Cup, Phelan is quick to remain realistic with our aspiration, saying we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves thinking we can win them all.

“We are still in everything and that’s the aim for this football club to win everything,” he added. “The first part of the season has been done, now the second part and there is a lot to look forward to. We have tried to introduce new players in the games, I think the crowd are reacting to that. The supporters are in favour of that and we have got some good games coming up. There is lots to play for but there is a large amount of time before May comes along.”

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26 Comments

  1. Stephen says:

    I hate Chelsea, and surely the league is more important than lets say the game on Wednesday?
    It we beat the bottle boys on Sunday, it will not only be a catalyst for the second part of the season for us, but it might hit Chelsea’s confidence and they might fall away.

  2. King Eric says:

    I reckon we can beat Rent boys 2 or 3 nil. I may get some stick for this but I thought I would have a look on a rent boy Forum and I can tell you now their fans are not at all confident about Sunday, as you would imagine! Cunts.

  3. gotta hate tiny tears says:

    all going well we could have 1 foot in a final and be second in the league 2 points ahead of chelsea with a game in hand by next wednesday night

  4. denton davey says:

    Phelan’s comments are just blather/media-speak. This is a HUGE game – perhaps more so for the RentBoyz than TheLads.

    Chel$ki are on a downer – losing points at home and away, now not being able to dispatch Southend at home. A loss at OT could really, really damage their season and bring all those rumbles of discontent with BigPhil to the surface. In my perfect storm scenario, a loss at OT could see BigPhil get his marching orders – or walk away and return to Brazil – and be replaced by AverageGrant. The press bleating would make the recent StevieMee mawkishness seem like a passing breeze compared to a full-tilt bust-up down the King’s Road with Ingerland’s courageous captain – and his comical sidekick PhatPhrank – discussing team spirit while TheDiddler expresses his desire to join JoseTheMoaner, LittleJoeyCole whines enough to catch TheWhinger’s attention, and Ca$hleyHole sizes up his dream move to TheWastelands. It could be soooo much fun. Let’s all hope for the worst for the RentBoyz on Sunday.

  5. denton davey says:

    Oh yeah, it’s off-topic but there is a very, very interesting little note in Online Guardian “rumours” to the effect that Theo Walcott might be able to pick up his toys and leave the EffeminateLibrary for as little as four hundred thousand quid. How deep is your love ?

    Walcott is hardly the finished product but his pace is electric and he really terrifies defenders. Sort of like a mini-me version of Nani – in his dreams. One thing is for sure, if UTD were able to somehow steal Walcott from TheArse then it would be a nice bit of pay-back for their signing the Welsh kid in the summer (Ramsey ?). TheWhinger’s squeals would be almost as good to hear as BigPhil’s on Sunday after the RentBoyz are soundly beaten.

  6. tek says:

    so you think you can buy theo walcott for 400000 pounds…idiot, and he is as good if not way better than Nani(hopeless if not good for laugh).Arsenal cant afford Joe Cole. And with Chelseas away form WAY better than their home im betting theyd rather be playing you away instead of at home.

  7. King Eric says:

    Good post re: Rentboys Denton. Theo Walcott at United? Nah just can’t see him being a United player but a huge talent none the less.

  8. Axeman says:

    You can bet TheWhinger would say “I didn’t see it.. coming”

  9. Failsworth Devil says:

    The Walcott rumour could have some substance… look at the amount of English lads we have got at OT…look at the young lads we have got at OT in general…that little man Walcott could be a very useful aquisition to us..as he has shown he can link well with Wazza in the international set up…

    But with regards to the Chelski game…. if we get 3 points… i mean when we get 3 points against them… it could be a very very important 3 points…as that would give us the emphasis to go on one of our amazing runs… and will give us a good lift ready for the inter game.

  10. Scott the Red says:

    Hey Tek – why is Chelsea’s away form so good, bright spark? Maybe because they’ve yet to play any good teams away from home. They haven’t played United, Arsenal, Liverpool or Villa away from home yet. They’ve played those teams at home though… and lost a shit load of points. Dropped 14 at home so far this season I think.

  11. King Eric says:

    tek:” And with Chelseas away form WAY better than their home im betting theyd rather be playing you away instead of at home”. Yeah I bet you would rather play us at Old Trafford mate as although your away record is good (as Scott says you aint played any half decent teams yet) our home record is the best in the league. Rent boy cunt. 2or 3 nil to United.

  12. Red-Manc says:

    Everyone raises there game against United especially at Old Trafford, no matter how badly teams are doing it will still be a tough match arsenal proved that when we played them away this season, I do think we will win though we will want revenge for Evra and everyone will be up for it now we’re back on track, Atmosphere should be good which will get the lads up for it doubt they will need much motivation though as they know what it means to us anyway.

    Walcott would be good on the cheap, we dont need a striker though so he would have to mold into the role he plays for ingurland, like failsworth pointed out he’s proven he can link up well with Rooney, doubt it will happen though.

  13. King Eric says:

    Its gonna be a very interesting and crucial month is January. None more so than for the dippers. This will be the month where they are brought back down to earth. they play Stoke away which is no easy game, however most teams who put on the perfomance of their lives just seem to roll over against the scousers. Then sandwiched between two derbys against Everton is the court appearance of Saint Stevie. Yes this is the month where we righfully get back to where we belong. Top of the premier league. (taking our games in hand into account).

  14. Gary says:

    Chelsea are looking very average at the minute, but they shouldnt be under estimated. Its going to be a tight game either way, very few chances as per usuall, they are usually dull affairs when we play Chelsea (apart from the European cup final)

    We simply need to win these games, after our failings away to Arsenal and Liverpool, and to a lesser degree Chelsea.

  15. Jake says:

    rather be playing us away from home than at Chelsea? hmmmmm, can’t see Cockney choirboy tiny tears thinking that when viva John Terry is ringing around OT..Chelsea aren’t to be under-estimated but we couldn’t be playing them at a better time, got to win, will win, Liverpool collapse on the horizon as has been mentioned..United wagon about to roll into action hopefully

  16. RedatHeart says:

    I concur with most of what has been written above. Though we shouldnt underestimate Chelsea, their recent form suggests that they wont be too confident going into this fixture & if we are to win the EPL this year these are the sort of games we have to win especially considering that we have garnered only 1 point from visits to Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.

    One things for sure though: If we manage to win both the EPL games till next Wednesday & are 4 points behind the scousers with a game in hand, they will be bloody afraid of us and will start crapping their pants pretty rapidly.

    So heres hoping to a strong performance against the Rentboyz n may the RedDevils win a glorious hat-trick of EPL titles.

  17. TonyBee says:

    Fuck em, beat them as hard as we can, fucking rent boys, they’ll all be off to Shitty soon anyway, the cunts.
    Maybe SAF should try and test the waters with the wankers at the Emirates …see if we can tempt Walcott away with the promise of European football successes next year….. sure as eggs is eggs the Arse aint getting any next year , the bastards

  18. Manutd24 says:

    Fergie says it is a title decider so it’s a title decider.I don’t agree with Phelan. Liverpool will sooner lose ground and the Premier League will only be won by two teams, United and Chelsea.

    http://manutd24.wordpress.com/2009/01/05/looking-at-our-two-brand-new-signings/

  19. BrisbaneRed says:

    A Chelsea defeat on Sunday followed by another defeat at Anfield in 2 weeks and its goodbye Chelsea and goodbye Mr Scolari. With Wilkins taking over as manager.

  20. James says:

    but if Wilkins takes over as manager he will get the sack in May, when Guus Hiddink will become manager on a 3 year deal.

    Make no mistake this is a massive game and one that we have to go out to win. If United win, we are favourites for the title. If Chelsea win, they are favourites. And if it is a draw, it is very even but Liverpool will have the edge.

    the question is 4-4-2 or 4-3-3. I think we should play Anderson,Scholes and Carrick in midfield with Ronaldo, Rooney and Berbatov as a front 3.

  21. DanS says:

    Big match, loads of hype, Chavski not playing so well… 1-1!

    Of course I’m dreaming we batter them. Imagine if John Tel scores and own goal?

  22. King Eric says:

    James: Yeah agree in the main with line up but maybe Tevez for Berba this match as Tiny Tears cannot cope with him.

  23. King Eric says:

    Having said that I thought Berbatov was excellent at times on Sunday.

  24. EastStandManc says:

    The Walcott rumours are rubbish. He’s got 18 months or so left on his contract.

    I hate cliches but the one that goes “Formbook goes out the window for this one” is quite apt, IMHO.

  25. King Eric says:

    On a different thread just watched the Paul Gascoigne documentary. A shame and an absolute waste of talent. One player SAF would liked to have signed and I don’t mind saying I would have liked to have seen him play for United in his prime.

  26. Ella says:

    Don’t get too excited. it is a game for 3 points – no more or less important than any other three points. i feel that this year is different because things are so close at the bottom of the league. it may be results over teams lower in the league that may count this year. it is no good getting 3 points against Chelsea and the dropping three at WBA or West Ham. We need to try for at least a draw in this game and then make sure we get all 3 against so-called lesser teams!

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