Shaun Botterill

Chelsea vs. Manchester United, 2012 League Cup: Blues come out victorious

The rematch has gone to Chelsea. Four days after going down to Manchester United in controversial circumstances, the Blues have knocked them out of the League Cup.

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Chelsea exact some revenge against United

It doesn't make up for the lost points and players from the weekend, but Chelsea were able to beat Manchester United in their second match at Stamford Bridge in four days.

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United leads thanks to Chelsea's mistakes

Two howlers from Chelsea players allowed Manchester United to go in to the locker room at halftime with a 2-1 lead.

Chelsea were the aggressor for most of the first half but looked lost in the final third. Victor Moses gifted Daniel Sturridge with a sublime cross from the left wing that found Sturridge all alone against Anders Lindegaard. Sturridge promptly tripped over his own feet and lost possession of the ball, wasting a brilliant early chance.

United didn't look particularly dangerous at any point but they did have two dangerous free kick opportunities just outside the Cheslea box, both of which they wasted. So of course, United scored first.

In the 22nd minute, Petr Cech restarted play, sending the ball out to Oriol Romeu who promptly, and inexplicably, was disposed by Ryan Giggs who calmly hit the ball past Cech with a shot off the side of his foot. If it's not the easiest goal Giggs has ever scored, it certainly has to be up there.

Chelsea answered back in the 30th minute after Alexander Büttner tried to tap the ball away from Victor Moses just inside the box, but instead took out his feet. Lee Mason wasted no time in awarding the penalty. David Luiz took a run up that started somewhere around Watford or Croydon (apologies, my navigation isn't so good) and scored, blasting his shot in to the lower left corner of the goal. Lindegaard got his fingers on the ball but there was too much momentum on it for him to stop.

United took the lead back right before the halftime break thanks to another Chelsea mistake. David Luiz lost the ball to Anderson in the midfield as he attempted to make a run forward, Anderson wasted no time, hitting Chicharito in stride as raced between two Chelsea defenders The Mexican international waited for Cech to commit before beating him with a left-footed shot.

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United starts Keane...no, not that one

Manchester United will go with an inexperienced pairing in the central defense as they square off against Chelsea for the second time in four days at Stamford Bridge. If the Chelsea attack isn't looking at the United back line like a starving man looks at a buffet line, I'd be shocked.

Roberto Di Matteo has made a few changes from his lineup on Sunday. Regular starters Petr Cech, Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Juan Mata are joined by some familiar names and a couple youngsters like 21-year old Oriol Romeu and 18-year-old Lucas Piazón.

On the other hand, Sir Alex Ferguson has overturned 10 of the 11 players in his lineup with defender Rafael the only hold over from the weekend. He starts two young defender in the middle as Michael Keane and Scott Wooton team up to face what is still a formidable Chelsea attack. United look a bit more familiar in the midfield and attack with plenty of familiar faces including Ryan Giggs and Chicharito.

Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; César Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Ryan Bertrand; Oriol Romeu, Mikel; Victor Moses, Juan Mata, Lucas Piazón; Daniel Sturridge.

Manchester United starting lineup (4-4-2): Anders Lindegaard; Rafael, Michael Keane, Scott Wooton, Alexander Büttner; Nani, Darren Fletcher, Anderson, Ryan Giggs; Javier Hernández, Danny Welbeck

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Chelsea and Manchester United gear up for rematch

The two teams in first and second in the Premier League meet in the League Cup as Manchester United and Chelsea play for the second time in four days.

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