Man Utd win and have their 19th title well in their grasp.
Chicharito Hernandez and Nemanja Vidic were the goalscorers but Antonio Valencia was the man of the match in my opinion. He shredded Ashley Cole to bits and his service to Rooney and Hernandez should have ensured a far more comfortable victory over Chelsea. Alex a half time substitute effected two critical saves off Rooney.
The Blues came back into the match in almost anticlimactic fashion when Branislav Ivanovic's header off a free kick just found Frank Lampard onside for a toe poke into goal. It breathed hope into the match. Suddenly there was an air of nervousness. A sequence of events temporarily incapacitated three defenders adding to the vulnerability.
Rio Ferdinand recovered quickly but Fabio and Jonny Evans had to stand out as Ivanovic took his throw. But we've seen adversity bring out the best in Utd. Chelsea could not capitalize further on the Lampard goal as the Utd defense reorganized effectively and the last fifteen minutes was all Valencia - easily the most overlooked in Utd's attacking options who was just brilliant down the right. Hernandez could easily been celebrating a hat trick and Rooney should have gotten a goal or two.
An imperfect Man Utd team who kept the door ajar ever so slightly for Arsenal and later on Chelsea closed it emphatically. How? It comes down to playing as a team. It comes down to players stepping up. It comes down to belief. It comes down to plan B,C,D, and E. Sir Alex befuddled many with his unconventional line ups partly necessitated by tactics, injuries, and a full slate of matches but Utd always posed challenges because they allowed no stereotyping.
Carlo Ancelotti faces an uncertain future. Two titles in his debut year and none to show this season. This was his last throw of dice and all indications are he expects to leave.