Manchester United v Chelsea: Classic encounters

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Ahead of Sunday's encounter between Manchester United and Chelsea, GMF looks back at some classic Old Trafford clashes contested by the pair in more recent years...

Manchester United 3-3 Chelsea
September 20, 2000

Chelsea entered this early season encounter with a solitary win in their first six matches of the season. However, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink gave the visitors the lead during the opening exchanges with a fierce volley from the edge of the area.

United, though, atoned for this early lapse with three goals before the break, thanks to Paul Scholes, Teddy Sheringham and David Beckham.

Tore Andre Flo closed the gap after half-time as Raimond van der Gouw flapped at his header. The Blues then had Graeme Le Saux to thank for keeping them in the game before, four minutes later, Flo completed the comeback by grabbing an equaliser.

Manchester United 0-3 Chelsea
December 1, 2001

Chelsea were able to net on three occasions once more the following season as they condemned United to their fifth league defeat of the campaign.

Sir Alex Ferguson had attempted to plug his leaky defence with skipper Roy Keane partnering Laurent Blanc at centre-back, but it ended as a day the United boss would rather forget.

Mario Melchiot opened the scoring after only six minutes with a towering header, before Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink doubled the advantage before half-time.

Chelsea managed to withstand a second-half onslaught before Eidur Gudjohnsen put the result beyond doubt in the final minutes.


Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea
January 18, 2003

United took the spoils in this thrilling encounter, in which Diego Forlan grabbed an injury time winner to keep the pace with table-toppers Arsenal.

Chelsea had taken the lead inside half-an-hour through Eidur Gudjohnsen, before a mistake from Carlo Cudicini allowed David Beckham to set up Paul Scholes eight minutes later.

Cudicini atoned for his error after 70 minutes with a quite magnificent save from a Ruud van Nistelrooy header - which turned out to be the latter's final contribution prior to being replaced by match-winner Forlan.

The Uruguayan almost put United ahead within three minutes of his arrival, but a fine stop from Cudicini again thwarted the hosts.

Forlan, however, snatched victory in the dying moments to send Old Trafford into raptures.

Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea
May 8, 2011

It was essentially a title-decider when United and Chelsea met in May with only three games of the season remaining.

The reigning champions were just three points ahead of Carlo Ancelotti's side going into the encounter, and instantly exerted their authority on Chelsea with a goal after just 36 seconds.

Javier Hernandez netted the opener after a neat pass from Park Ji-Sung, before Nemanja Vidic headed in a second on 23 minutes.

Frank Lampard scored a consolation goal half-way through the second period, but United made sure of a record 19th league crown with a point at Blackburn the following weekend.

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