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Jamie Redknapp: Carlo Ancelotti dared against Manchester United - and he won

05 Apr 2010 01:06:53

Jamie Redknapp: Carlo Ancelotti dared against Manchester United - and he won

Who dares wins The battering taken by Carlo Ancelotti after Chelsea lost to Inter made him look like the last man standing. It's a hard job to be Chelsea manager, but has he turned the corner? He was rewarded on Saturday for playing with flair and was bold to omit Didier Drogba. He could end up with the Double at the end of his first season. Surely, that's good work. Clash of the Titans: United's Alex Ferguson shakes hands with Carlo Ancelotti Call in the FedIf there is promising news about Wayne Rooney, that will lift Manchester United, but there is also much to admire about Federico Macheda. I like his movement, but he is also a goalscorer. He looks like a player too; he has the swagger you need to crack it at a club like United. After an injury-riddled season, he's one welcome sight for them. Don't be villainsSometimes, this game is mad. If there is one manager who should not be under pressure and who must be championed for his work, it is Martin O'Neill. He has spent on average £20m-a-season, bought well, improved Villa and taken them to a Carling Cup final and an FA Cup semifinal. What is there to complain about? Do Villa fans know how well off they are?      Deserves credit: Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill Manchester Pretty Manchester City came flying out of the blocks at Burnley ... scoring four in the first 19 minutes. They must now be clear favourites for fourth place. With the money spent building that squad, it's the least the owners will expect. Carlos Tevez has hit good form again just at the right time. They have a tough run-in, but they're in the box seat. Making HayeAfter the big game at Old Trafford, I went to the big fight to cheer on David Haye. That's a hard game, isn't it? The craft and skill, not to mention the stamina required. Haye kept hitting John Ruiz, a durable and experienced fighter who kept coming back for more. But it was a fight that showed why Haye is a superstar. He deserves more credit. Devastating: Redknapp says David Haye deserves more credit Making savesIt's fashionable for goalkeepers to save penalties. Tim Howard foiled Mido, Heurelho Gomes twice stopped Darren Bent. The stats wizards tell me 23 per cent of kicks have been saved this season, up on 15 per cent last season. Are keepers doing more homework or just enjoying the luck? And is it an ominous sign in a World Cup year? Can you Adam 'N' Eve it?What a difference Charlie Adam has made to Blackpool. A snip at £500,000 from Rangers last summer, he has scored 15 goals in 38 games for his team, who are enjoying their best season in three decades. Now they are on the brink of the play-offs for the Barclays Premier League. Adam, an attacking midfielder, has had 105 shots with a 42 per cent on-target accuracy. Doncaster might like to keep him away from their goal this afternoon.  United are a mental mess after Bayern's comeback, says Van BommelWhat the back pages say: Sir Alex Ferguson blasts Mike Dean after Chelsea loss, Wayne Rooney begs his boss to let him loose against Bayern MunichMore worry for Fergie as Malouda hints United are running out of steam Manchester United 1 Chelsea 2: Ancelotti shows his class to rise from the depths.....now Ferguson must do the same


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