October 19th, 2018

Five of the Best: Manchester United Vs Chelsea

5: JOE COLE

A memorable day for all Chelsea fans… The day Chelsea clinched their second successive league title at home against the old foe Manchester United. This is an outrageous solo goal from Joe Cole.

He picks the ball up at the edge of the box and has three United players surrounding him. With it all to do he somehow skips past the three of them (sending Rio Ferdinand to the shops) and as cool as you like slots it past the on-rushing Van Der Sar. Not a bad finish to seal a title!

 

4: PAUL SCHOLES

Mr Manchester United… the man who never scored ‘ordinary’ goals. Where do you begin to start with Paul Scholes what a player! A centre Midfielder with ridiculous technical ability. As the goals he scored throughout his career show.

This one at Old Trafford is a special strike. The ball breaks at the edge of the box and on the half volley Scholes unleashes a rocket straight into the bottom corner leaving Carlo Cudicini with absolutely no chance!

 

3: NANI

A Portuguese magician… A very similar player to his fellow countryman Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester Untied during this era. However, was Nani in Ronaldos shadow during their time at United together and if Ronaldo was not there would he of shined more?

This strike from Nani is spectacular. He picks the ball up deep in the Chelsea half and skips past Mata and Meireles and fires a rising drive from the edge of the area which Peter Cech doesn’t even smell!

 

2: JIMMY-FLOYD HASSELBAINK

A man for the big occasions in a Chelsea shirt… 88 goals in his 177 appearances for the West London club and certainly enjoyed a few of them goals against the big clubs in the Premier League. Jimmy-Floyd turned out to be a real fans favourite in his five seasons at the Bridge.

Again a goal that shows remarkable ‘Tekkers’. The ball is kept alive by Tore Andre Flo and is lofted to the edge of the box. Hasselbaink takes a cool touch on his chest and the ball sits up perfect on the half volley. The forward man strikes a stunning half volley straight into the top bin past Van Der Gouw. This game turned out to be a cracker finishing 3-3 at Old Trafford.

 

1: Tiago Mendes

May 2005 at Old Trafford where United… Yes United give Chelsea a guard of honour after Jose Mourinhos side clinched the Premier League crown. Ruud Van Nistelrooy give United an early lead with  a brilliant finish. It didn’t take long for the champions to respond and on 17 minutes Tiago produced a wonderful equaliser, surprising Roy Carroll with an arcing shot.

After making 51 appearances for Chelsea in his first season, winning the Premier League and League Cup his second season saw a limited number of appearances with the arrival of Michael Essien. During his time at Stamford Bridge his loss percentage in the league was 2.94%, just once in 34 appearances (a 0–1 loss at Manchester City on 16 October 2004), which was the lowest in history for any player having appeared at least 20 times. Tiago went on to play for clubs such as Lyon, Juve and Atletico Madrid. 

 

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