1. There can’t have been too many United fans who were expecting a result at Stamford Bridge. Surely a draw was the best we could hope for. Still, it doesn’t make it any less disappointing to have your expectations confirmed and an easy 3-1 win for Chelsea made for a disappointing Sunday afternoon. At 2-0, I told my mate that I just wanted it to end. By “it” I could have been referring to the season. Let’s just get this over with, shall we?
2. United started the game well and dominated the possession for the opening quarter of an hour. There was some lovely one touch passing and the players approached the game really positively. We had to make the most of any periods like this though and we didn’t. Against the run of play, Chelsea then took the lead with a hopeful shot that was deflected off Michael Carrick. It was so jammy. But there was no excuse for Phil Jones getting embarrassed by Samuel Eto’o. He only had to drop a shoulder to leave Jones for dead. Jones looked completely out of his depth all afternoon,which shouldn’t be a surprised seeing as though he hasn’t played for a month, and probably shouldn’t have started.
3. There was a period of five minutes which changed the direction of the game, starting with Azpilicueta fouling Danny Welbeck in the penalty area. Welbz was only a few yards out and moments from making it 7 goals in 7 games when Chelsea’s left-back kicked him. He managed to get a shot away but he had lost his footing thanks to the foul and couldn’t get anything on it. Phil Dowd waved play on. Minutes later, Eto’o made it 2-0. We had no one to blame but ourselves for that goal though. Chelsea’s only good luck was the fact our players stopped defending. After conceding one to a wicked deflection and missing out on a stonewall penalty, we simply couldn’t afford to give away a goal, and that was the end of the game.
4. The starting line-up was a strange one and even though Adnan Januzaj wasn’t overawed by the occasion, it was puzzling to see him starting up front. Just last weekend against Swansea he had started behind the striker, with Kagawa out wide, but when Moyes swapped the two of them things just started to click. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it, and Januzaj out wide with Kagawa behind Welbeck seemed like an obvious selection.
5. Chicharito, yet again, was in the right place at the right time and managed to save some face for United. His crossing and balls forward were also incredibly impressive, two skills he’s not famed for, and slogged his guts out after coming on. Being left on the bench for these games when we were the best team in the league was probably just about manageable for Hernandez. But being on the bench for the 7th best team in England when our two best strikers are already out injured? Nah, he won’t be having that for much longer, and why should he.
6. Nemanja Vidic’s red card was a ridiculous decision, some more bad luck for United, but he was foolish to lash out in the first place. If Dowd considered that a red, I’m not sure how David Luiz was on the pitch for the second half, but that’s another problem for us to deal with. But what makes it worse is that it was entirely avoidable.
7. This season is just a write-off. We don’t have the players or tactics to get us out of this mess. But we’ll be back.