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Ashley Cole challenges Ji-Sung Park unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Carrick takes the free kick.
Long range effort by Michael Essien goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
The official flags Javier Hernandez offside. Free kick taken by Michael Essien.
Frank Lampard delivers the ball, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Florent Malouda, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.
Wayne Rooney has an effort at goal. Blocked by John Terry.
Foul by Didier Drogba on Michael Carrick, free kick awarded. Booking for Didier Drogba for unsporting behaviour. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Javier Hernandez from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
The ball is sent over by Antonio Valencia, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.
The referee penalises John Terry for handball. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.
Chris Smalling joins the action as a substitute, replacing Fabio Da Silva.
Fernando Torres has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
Close range headed effort by Javier Hernandez clears the crossbar.
Unfair challenge on Ryan Giggs by Ramires results in a free kick. The referee books Ramires for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabio Da Silva by Fernando Torres. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
Ryan Giggs booked for time wasting. Ryan Giggs decides to take a short corner.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot from 18 yards. Blocked by Alex.
Effort from the edge of the area by Wayne Rooney goes wide of the left-hand post.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Frank Lampard on Michael Carrick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.
Didier Drogba is ruled offside. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex on Nemanja Vidic. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
Didier Drogba is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
Short corner worked by Ryan Giggs.
Antonio Valencia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
Ryan Giggs fouled by Ramires, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.
Shot from 6 yards from Wayne Rooney. Blocked by Alex.
Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Frank Lampard gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 2-1 Chelsea.Assist by Branislav Ivanovic.
Shot by Didier Drogba from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Ramires crosses the ball, comfortable save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Alex takes a shot from 30 yards. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
Florent Malouda has a drilled shot. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic.
Fernando Torres replaces Salomon Kalou.
Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs.
Antonio Valencia crosses the ball, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.
Jonathan Evans gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba. Michael Essien takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Antonio Valencia on Frank Lampard. Direct free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
Didier Drogba is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
Florent Malouda has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Frank Lampard by Ji-Sung Park results in a free kick. Michael Essien takes the free kick.
Fabio Da Silva concedes a free kick for a foul on Florent Malouda. Free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Antonio Valencia on John Terry. Ashley Cole takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Antonio Valencia.
Centre by Ji-Sung Park.
(Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Ramires coming on for Mikel.
Alex on for Marinho David Luiz.
John O'Shea goes off and Jonathan Evans comes on.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line to the near post.
Short corner taken by Didier Drogba.
Didier Drogba produces a drilled left-footed shot from 12 yards. Blocked by John O'Shea.
Antonio Valencia produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Ryan Giggs takes a short corner.
The ball is sent over by Antonio Valencia, clearance made by Mikel.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Essien on Ji-Sung Park. Michael Essien goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by John O'Shea.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Wayne Rooney. Ryan Giggs restarts play with the free kick.
Didier Drogba crosses the ball in from the free kick, John O'Shea makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Wayne Rooney on Marinho David Luiz. Wayne Rooney goes into the book.
Salomon Kalou produces a cross, clearance made by Rio Ferdinand.
Javier Hernandez is ruled offside. John Terry restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Florent Malouda by Fabio Da Silva results in a free kick. Ashley Cole takes the direct free kick.
Shot by Mikel. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic.
Antonio Valencia concedes a free kick for a foul on Florent Malouda. Shot comes in from Didier Drogba from the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Salomon Kalou by Ryan Giggs results in a free kick. Didier Drogba shoots direct from the free kick, Edwin Van der Sar makes a brilliant save.
Marinho David Luiz takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by John O'Shea on Salomon Kalou. Direct free kick taken by Mikel.
Branislav Ivanovic has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda, Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a brilliant save.
The ball is crossed by Ryan Giggs, Nemanja Vidic grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Man Utd 2-0 Chelsea.Assist on the goal came from Ryan Giggs.
Short corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line.
Effort from 20 yards by Ji-Sung Park. Petr Cech makes a brilliant save.
The ball is delivered by Wayne Rooney, clearance by Marinho David Luiz.
The ball is delivered by Fabio Da Silva, clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.
Foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Wayne Rooney, free kick awarded. Wayne Rooney restarts play with the free kick.
Salomon Kalou produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
Drilled right-footed shot by Salomon Kalou. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Wayne Rooney produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
Foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Wayne Rooney, free kick awarded. Booking for Branislav Ivanovic for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.
Mikel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park. Ryan Giggs takes the direct free kick.
Shot from long range by Didier Drogba misses to the left of the target.
Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Didier Drogba.
Wayne Rooney has an effort at goal. Save by Petr Cech.
Michael Carrick fouled by Didier Drogba, the ref awards a free kick. Edwin Van der Sar takes the direct free kick.
Shot by Antonio Valencia. Blocked by Ashley Cole.
Foul by Marinho David Luiz on Javier Hernandez, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ryan Giggs, Didier Drogba makes a clearance.
Antonio Valencia challenges Ashley Cole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
Ferguson never expected longevity
Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he could never have imagined still being Manchester United manager now when he replaced Ron Atkinson in 1986, let alone be standing on the brink of an historic 19th league championship.
Ferguson is convinced his side will clinch the title if they beat Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday, even though they would still require a point from their final two games against Blackburn and Blackpool.
That would allow them to move past Liverpool as England's most successful club, a situation that seemed impossible when the Merseyside outfit boasted an 18-7 advantage before the first of Ferguson's title triumphs in 1993.
"I didn't envisage it at that time," said the United boss. "I couldn't have envisaged being here that long anyway.
"The aim at the time was to match them and then be successful ourselves.
"I came to win that title. Once we won it the club took off.
"It has been an exceptional period of time but getting the first one was always going to be the target."
As Ferguson knows only too well, there is no point spending much time thinking about it at present because if Chelsea happened to win, United would no longer be top of the table.
They would still have two games to try and turn a goal difference shoot-out back their way but after losing a 15-point lead, which they held heading into the Stamford Bridge meeting between the sides in March, it could be that they are too traumatised to respond.
Little wonder Ferguson is putting so much store by what happens at Old Trafford and giving no thought at all as to how all those points have been whittled away.
"It doesn't matter what happened last Sunday, four Sundays ago, four months ago, four years ago," he said. "We are where we are.
"We have three games left. We are three points ahead with same goal difference. We are playing at home. Nothing can change it."
Ferguson can console himself with the knowledge that all the points Chelsea have clawed back have come away from Old Trafford, where United have dropped just two points - to West Brom in October - all season.
"Our home record is probably the best in Europe," said Ferguson.
"Maybe because our away record has been ordinary, the players have felt the need to step up to the mark at home.
"People still criticise us for not being great this season but we have scored more goals than anyone else, so we must be doing something right."
Wayne Rooney will return to the United side for the Premier League title showdown.
Rooney has recovered from a minor hamstring strain while central defensive duo Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand are also set to be reinstated to the starting XI having been rested for Wednesday's Champions League win over Schalke.
Carlo Ancelotti has claimed Chelsea hold the mental edge - because Ferguson's men never saw them coming.
The Blues travel to Old Trafford on the brink of completing the greatest comeback in Premier League championship history, storming to within three points of United having been 15 behind just over two months ago.
They were in danger of falling 18 adrift when they were 1-0 down to Ferguson's side at Stamford Bridge on March 1 but turning around that game has sparked a run of 25 points from the last 27.
And that has caught United napping, according to Chelsea boss Ancelotti.
"Man United hoped they wouldn't have to play this kind of game against us," said the Italian, whose side will go top for the first time since November if they win.
"If they'd had more of an advantage, it could have been an easy game against us - not easy, but a different game.
"They have to fight again for the title. Maybe two or three weeks ago, they didn't think in this game they'd need to fight so much.
"Mentally, for this reason, we can have an advantage."
Ancelotti has no new injury concerns. The Italian's biggest decision will therefore be whether to play both Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres up front.
Chelsea win nudges Reds nearer 19
Manchester United celebrated like champions at Old Trafford after a 36-second opener from Javier Hernandez and a Nemanja Vidic header took them to the brink of a record 19th league title with a 2-1 win over Chelsea.
One point from the final two games against relegation-threatened Blackburn next Saturday and Blackpool on the final day of the season will be enough to seal a championship which will take them past the mark Liverpool have been on for so long.
Sir Alex Ferguson felt victory over closest rivals Chelsea was worthy of a couple of bows to the Stretford End as he knows, as do all United's rivals, the prospect of them not getting over the line now is unthinkable.
Built up as the title decider for a week, so important Ferguson selected a shadow side for a Champions League semi-final, these matches are so often a disappointment.
Not this one. Not when United were ahead so quickly.
Carlo Ancelotti must have been devastated to concede quite so simply so early in the game.
Ryan Giggs began the move, stroking a short pass forward for Park Ji-sung, who turned out to be one of United's most effective players.
The South Korean knew Hernandez would be right on the shoulder of the last defender. He could not legislate for that defender failing to cut out the pass.
Ancelotti made his feelings known about that in the aftermath as he berated David Luiz from the touchline. Hernandez was not hanging about to consider it, darting forward before burying his 20th goal of the season into the bottom corner.
Old Trafford erupted and then watched spellbound as their team produced an awesome display of attacking power.
Wayne Rooney was agonisingly close on two occasions, Hernandez should have tucked home Park's far-post cross despite Luiz's touch. Park himself brought an excellent save from Petr Cech.
From the latter effort United gained the corner that brought their second as first Salomon Kalou, then Branislav Ivanovic fell asleep.
Kalou's crime was to allow Park to race past him and play a short corner with Giggs.
The Ivorian was then beaten too easily as Giggs nipped to the byline before dropping a cross into the heart of Chelsea's box where Vidic strode past fellow Serb Ivanovic and powered home from close range.
Chelsea did create opportunities themselves. Edwin van der Sar made an excellent save to repel Kalou and Didier Drogba went close on a couple of occasions.
But those chances came against the backdrop of a game set up exactly as the Red Devils would wish, which made the otherwise outstanding Rooney's decision to react to the baiting he was receiving from the visiting fans all the more puzzling.
Having expressed his concern about United being on the wrong end of a refereeing decision, Ferguson could at least console himself his side had established a winning position before Howard Webb turned down their penalty appeals for what seemed a clear Frank Lampard handball to block Antonio Valencia's cross.
With no comeback in sight, Fernando Torres became the third Chelsea replacement after an hour.
Having spent big in January to land some silverware, owner Roman Abramovich must be wondering whether his #75million has been invested wisely given Luiz, an accident waiting to happen on this occasion, had understandably been taken off at the break, along with John Obi Mikel.
The changes brought the reaction Ancelotti was looking for though as Ivanovic climbed highest to reach a Ramires cross and headed down for Lampard, who prodded home from close range.
United should have snuffed the visitors' lingering hopes out immediately though as Hernandez nicked possession away from Ramires and seemed to have presented Rooney with a tap-in, only for Alex to slide across to make a crucial goal-line clearance.
Rooney then spurned three chances to seal the contest, firing the first wide, inexplicably failing to even shoot with the second, before finally having an effort deflected over by Alex.
Hernandez wasted an even better opportunity when he nodded Valencia's teasing cross over from six yards.
It was all happening at the wrong end for Chelsea though, apart from a Torres effort that never threatened.
Indeed, the visitors were resigned to their fate long before the final whistle, with United knowing they could be celebrating history at Ewood Park next Saturday just as Manchester City are taking the field for their first FA Cup final in 30 years.
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