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Scolari and Zola aid United’s title challenge

Posted by hakanrylander on January 12, 2009

A good performance, a great result and several impressive individual displays. Gary Neville surprised me the most and it seems that some “experts” have written him off too quickly. Jonny Evans again proved that he plays better the bigger the game, and Patrice Evra and Park Ji-Sung confirmed that they are probably our players of the season so far.

But let’s not forget that one of the afternoon’s heroes was Luiz Felipe Scolari who made a tactical error at half-time by sending on Anelka in place of Deco.  This weakened Chelsea’s midfield and opened up space for Rooney, Ronaldo and Berbatov. This was probably the main reason why United were much more dominant in the second half.

During the weekend I also watched Newcastle – West Ham. This game confirmed that West Ham are on an upward trend simultaneous with Chelsea’s downward slope. In fact, I’m beginning to suspect that these two trends have something in common; Steve Clarke. It’s now a few months since Gianfranco Zola coaxed Clarke away from his position as assistant manager at Chelsea, and maybe the effects are beginning to show at both clubs.


4 Responses to “Scolari and Zola aid United’s title challenge”

  1. He is the one to get the back 4 working. His importance also increases with an unexperienced manager. West Hams best signing of the season!

  2. Thomas Rooney said

    It was a superb performance from United. Really Impressed. Top site you have here by the way, would you be able to email me when you get the chance?



  3. I was expecting Drogba to mount a more effective challenge but he remained largely dormant for pretty much the whole match. Maybe his heart just isn’t there at Chelsea anymore, who knows..

  4. hakanrylander said

    Drogba isn’t half the player he was last season, and the season before that. He was (is?) one of those very rare strikers who could trouble a world-class defence all on his own. Maybe he’s longing for The Special One to boost his ego. But somehow I can’t see Drogba flourish alongside Ibrahimovic.

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