Chelsea vs. Manchester United: Red Devils take early lead on own goal

Manchester United have already taken a lead on a fantastic move, though David Luiz will get credit for an own goal. It's harsh on the Brazilian defender, who couldn't have possibly known much about it, and the goal was really due to a brilliant strike by Robin van Persie.

While David Luiz didn't do anything wrong on the actual own goal, the initial defending by the Chelsea back line was very poor. Ashley Young was given a ton of space to run into on a through ball, though he didn't do a great job taking it. Instead, he laid off to van Persie, who unleashed an excellent strike to the near post from around 25 yards. The ball beat Petr Cech and ricochet off the post, then deflected off the back of David Luiz before hitting the back of the net.

Chelsea had the first half-chance of the game in the first 90 seconds, but the goal actually came on van Persie's second shot from long range. He might have just felt confident in his abilities early, but it wouldn't be shocking if this was a tactic of some kind from Alex Ferguson and his staff.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.