Jame Redknapp: How the Old Trafford decider will play out

07 May 2011 12:27
ShareANCELOTTI'S IN-TRAYQ. Pick David Luiz or Alex at the back? 

I'll be surprised if Carlo Ancelotti doesn't play David Luiz. He has all the ability to be a great player he's a great passer of the ball and has done really well in the few months he's been here, but sometimes he's rash defensively. He tries to win every ball. He has to be careful that he doesn't put out a lazy leg. Luiz has been playing recently and I think he'll partner John Terry.

Partners in crime: John Terry and David Luiz will likely line up together

Q. Play Didier Drogba or Fernando Torres?

You can't worry about people's feelings at this stage of the season. Ancelotti mustn't be concerned about dropping Torres to the bench. I would go 4-3-3 with Drogba supported by Florent Malouda and probably Nicolas Anelka but he could go for Salomon Kalou although he's great to have on the bench. Don't forget that although Torres has had a nightmare since joining Chelsea, his signing has given Ancelotti options. When they were having their bad spell in the middle of the season he'd turn around to his bench and see young inexperienced faces. He now has Torres, Drogba, Anelka or Kalou staring back match-winners who can turn a game. If you're going to win the title, you have to have options.

FERGIE'S IN-TRAYQ. One up front or two?

United have oozed quality at home, where they've dropped only two points all season.  Sir Alex Ferguson has options, but I think he will stick with his favoured big-game strategy of partnering Wayne Rooney with Javier Hernandez. Playing a lone striker sends out the wrong message: to defend; a draw will do. That's not the United way. Rooney has been magnificent in the No 10 role since January there he has licence to thrill. He's a real ball magnet. Sir Alex likes Park Ji-sung in big games and he scored against Chelsea last month and Ryan Giggs had a hand in all three goals in the Champions League, too. I expect those two to play with Carrick and either Nani or Valencia.

Double trouble: Playing Wayne Rooney (left) and Javier Hernandez would show Untied's intent

WHERE CAN CHELSEA WIN IT?They have to win it. There's no second chance for John Terry and his team-mates. Playing Drogba up front on his own takes away all the excuses about Torres and formations. Chelsea are the form team. The engravers have been ready to go at Old Trafford for several months but Sunday's visitors have dropped only two points since March 1, while United have dropped 11 West Brom and Fulham are above them in the Premier League form guide for that period. Because of that, every true football fan will find a way to watch the match live on Sky Sports.

Crunch time: Beating United will set Chelsea on their way to retaining the title

AND THE RESULT?Would I be surprised to see Chelsea smuggle the title out of Old Trafford? It would certainly be the best comeback in Premier League history they were 15 points behind United just 10 weeks ago. I sense a draw but a Chelsea win would set up a thrilling climax. We'll all be watching the final day on split screens every fan's dream just like in 1995 when Blackburn and United played for the title at Anfield and Upton Park respectively. Sir Alex and Co won't want the same outcome, though.

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Source: Daily_Mail