As we eagerly await our opening game of the 2019/20 Premier League season at Old Trafford on Sunday I’m going to take you back to a classic match between the two sides from the 1990/91 season.
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Chelsea were now in their second season back in the top flight having finished the previous season in fifth place. Manager Bobby Campbell had signed Dennis Wise and Andy Townsend in the summer and both would have a huge impact on this game.
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Bobby Campbell was coming under some pressure as previous results were not going our way with only three league wins before this game and we were now coming to the end of November. Bobby chose a young team to take to Old Trafford with many coming through the youth set up.
Beasant, Hall, Monkou, Cundy, Le Saux, Matthew, Stuart, Townsend, Wise, Dixon, Durie (K.Wilson)
Manchester United Goals:
Danny Wallace, Mark Hughes
Gary Pallister (o.g), Andy Townsend & Dennis Wise (pen)
Key Moments from the game:
Goal: With fifteen minutes on the clock, a cross from Dennis Wise was sliced by defender Gary Pallister with the ball coming off his right shin and into the top corner. Gordon Durie was initially trying to claim it but from the replay it was clearly an own goal. 0-1.
Goal: Andy Townsend steals the ball from Mike Phelan and runs down the left wing with the ball. It was quite a tight angle but with no one in the box to pass to Townsend thumped the ball past Les Sealy at his near post to put Chelsea 2-0 up with only twenty minutes gone.
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Goal: Danny Wallace scored a looping header after Dave Beasant failed to initially hold onto the ball. 1-2.
Goal: A great cross from Danny Wallace found an unmarked Mark Hughes at the far post who headed in. The game was now level at 2-2.
Penalty: A great one – two between Graham Stuart and Kevin Wilson allowed Stuart to enter the penalty box. Stuart is then fouled by Neil Webb and the referee had no other option than to point to the spot.
Goal: Dennis Wise stepped up late in the game and hit the penalty hard through Les Sealy to put Chelsea 3-2 up in front of the large Chelsea following.
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Manchester United had further chances at the end but it was Chelsea that took the three points back to West London with some last ditch defending. This game was a real springboard for Chelsea going on to win another four games in a row including memorable wins against Tottenham (3-2) and Derby (6-4).
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Here’s hoping for three points at Old Trafford on Sunday. Absolutely no doubt it’ll be difficult but we can win which we’ve showed before. Having said that I’d be more than content with a draw.
My Prediction: 1-1
Come On Chelsea!
Written By Chris Wright