Chelsea v Manchester United: Classic encounters

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Chelsea v Manchester United has, in more recent years, become one of the highlights of the English domestic football calendar as both sides fight for Premier League glory.

This season, however, the Blues welcome United to Stamford Bridge knowing they are already out of the title race, while the latter set the pace alongside Manchester City.

Chelsea, though, have already beaten City at the Bridge this term, and Andre Villas-Boas' will be confident they can to the same to United on Sunday.

It is sure to be another intriguing affair in west London and, with this in mind, GMF takes a look back at some memorable encounters between the two on Chelsea's own patch...

Chelsea 3-5 Manchester United - January 4, 1998

It was headline news when Chelsea drew Manchester United in the third round of the FA Cup, with the former having triumphed against Middlesbrough at Wembley the previous summer.

However, the Cup holders were soon contemplating an early exit from the competition when the found themselves 3-0 down at the break after a scintillating first-half performance from United.

David Beckham fired a double and Andy Cole also netted to but Sir Alex Ferguson's side firmly in command, before Cole added another in the second-half and Teddy Sheringham made it 5-0.

Chelsea did pull goals back through Graeme Le Saux and a Gianluca Vialli brace, but the damage had already been done.

Chelsea 5-0 Manchester United - October 3, 1999

United were unbeaten in the league for 10 months when they visited Stamford Bridge following their historic Treble winning campaign the previous season.

However, the Blues ended this record in devastating fashion as they crushed the champions, with Gus Poyet opening the scoring after only 27 seconds.

Chris Sutton added his first league goal for Chelsea in the 16th minute, before Nicky Butt was sent off after kicking out at Dennis Wise.

Poyet put paid to any potential United comeback when he added a third shortly into the second-half, before a Henning Berg own goal made it 4-0 and Jody Morris completed the rout.

Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United - August 22, 2002

United twice came from behind to take a hard earned point from this encounter at Stamford Bridge, in which Ryan Giggs registered his 100th goal for the club.

William Gallas turned a free-kick from Bolo Zenden past Roy Carroll to open the scoring for the home side after just three minutes, but David Beckham levelled in spectacular style.

Chelsea took the lead once again in the second-half, when Zenden made the most of an error from Carroll and lashed the ball into the roof off the net.

United restored parity once again shortly after the hour mark courtesy of Giggs, and Roy Keane had the chance to win a pulsating game.

Chelsea 3-0 Manchester United - April 29, 2006

Chelsea clinched a second successive league crown under Jose Mourinho as they beat nearest challengers United in convincing fashion.

Gallas was, once again, the man to open the scoring when he anticipated a fink-on from Didier Drogba and diverted past Edwin van der Sar.

Joe Cole doubled the Blues' advantage on the hour mark with a stunning solo effort, and Ricardo Carvalho capped off the display when he ended a free-flowing Chelsea move.

The encounter was marred somewhat by a serious looking injury to Wayne Rooney, who was considered a serious doubt for that summer's World Cup.

Chelsea 0-1 Manchester United - April 6, 2011

United took a stranglehold of last season's Champions League quarter-final tie, with a solitary goal from Rooney giving the visitors the advantage.

Rooney has just been charged by the Football Association for swearing into a TV camera during the league victory against West Ham, but responded with a fine strike following a fine move.

Michael Carrick found Giggs with a raking pass, and the veteran demonstrated fantastic touch and control, before finding Rooney who slotted past Petr Cech.

Chelsea had several opportunities to draw level, but Van der Sar performed to distinction in the United goal.

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