A dip into the archives: A bore draw with Chelsea
Chelsea 0-0 Manchester Utd
It’s FA Cup week, and Manchester United are not in the FA Cup. That gives me a chance to write about something else. How about ‘reminiscing’ a low key stalemate between Man Utd and Chelsea back in 2007?
There is only one word which could really describe this game between the top two sides in the country which looked like a tasty encounter on paper: boring. The Red Devils had already won the Premier League title and with a FA Cup game on both their minds, United and eventual runners up Chelsea had decided to field a youthful side.
In fact, Manchester United’s best chance of the game was, well, a shot dragged well wide by Gabriel Heinze. Chelsea had been the better side, but that still isn’t saying much. Dong Fangzhou had started that game, his only game in three years, but his impact was minimal. Chelsea had a few chances to score but the atmosphere of this game was similar to the kind you get at a funeral. It was hardly the spectacle for the 42,000 who watched the game. That is an understatement.
Jose Mourinho and ref Graham Poll argued in the dug-out, and Joh Obi Mikel was sent off for a wild challenge. You could hardly blame Mikel, who was just doing his best to liven up this uneventful affair. In fact, the highlight of this game came off the pitch, after the game, where Jose Mourinho had said that ‘Graham Poll had a normal performance when he is refereeing a Chelsea match.’
No one, however, was as embarrassed as John Terry. Back when life was easier for the Chelsea captain, he had the responsibility of keeping Dong out of action. He succeeded in doing so, but I wonder if Mourinho had fielded Margaret Thatcher instead at centre back, would Dong be able to at least touch the ball for more than two seconds.
This is game that isn’t worth remembering. It should be hidden away, wiped off the archives and, better yet, it should be against the law to talk about this game. This game doesn’t exist. Don’t believe what you’re reading here, there’s no such thing as a 0-0 draw between Chelsea and Manchester United played on the 9th May 2007.
Chelsea: Cudicini, Diarra, Ferreira, Terry, Bridge, Makelele, Wright-Phillips, Essien, Mikel, Kalou, Sinclair
Man Utd: Kuszczak, Lee, Brown, O’Shea, Heinze, Eagles, Smith, Fletcher, Richardson, Solskjaer, Dong