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Chicharito Bails Out Manchester United Again - a Fan's Take

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The Red Devils of Manchester United managed to get out of Stamford Bridge with a 2-3 victory over Chelsea, according to The win brings United to within one point of Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title, but it is still very early to get excited about that. While the game was hotly contested and close throughout, Chicharito Hernandez again answered the call for Manchester United fans by scoring the game winning goal.

I was surprised that United managed to take a two goal lead early in the game. Sir Alex Ferguson's side was aided by an own goal by Chelsea's David Luiz and Robin van Persie put home an excellent pass from Antonio Valencia. However, United nearly collapsed on the two goal lead after Wayne Rooney took a lackluster penalty near the top of the area just before halftime. The resulting free kick brought the home team within goal, and the blue side managed to tie the game at two, which is when I thought things really got interesting.

Chelsea would see two players sent off, one of them Fernando Torres. Torres earned a second yellow for what the official deemed a dive, and while I thought that was a bit harsh, it opened the door for van Persie to find Chicharito for the game winning goal some minutes later. I think the referee helped decided this match, and I really do not like it when it comes down to judgment. However, without the help, I'm not sure United could have escaped Stamford Bridge with three points.

David de Gea continues to make me nervous as keeper. He regularly seems lost in the shuffle, particularly on set pieces, and I just do not think he is aggressive enough when the ball is in the area. Still, he managed to save enough balls to keep United ahead of Chelsea, which has to count for something. I was also a bit disappointed that Sir Alex saw fit to take Rooney off in the second half, but with the United star already on a yellow it was probably a good idea to remove him as things were getting a bit testy.

All things considered, the game goes down as a United win, but I think this is a case of a Chelsea loss. Yes, this is a big win, and puts a lot of focus on the Premier League tie with Arsenal this weekend, but United still has to return to Stamford Bridge for a Capital One Cup time in the middle of the week.

Jason Gallagher is a long-time Manchester United fan, following the performances of the Red Devils since the days of Eric Cantona and David Beckham.

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