Teddy Sherringham once famously let slip that the United players refer to Old Trafford as the “Library”. After today’s game, I think he was being generous to the United fans. Despite selling out the away end, hardly a sound could be heard. Perhaps our friends from Surrey were too busy munching on their seafood sandwiches.
Before the game, the feeling at Stamford Bridge was that if we played three at the back we would lose. However, Terry, Leboeuf and especially Desailly were colossal and for the first 60 minutes we comfortably matched United.
The game turned with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink missing a sitter and Zola scoring a spectacular goal that was curiously disallowed. United slowly came back into the game and when Cole equalised the signs looked ominous, particularly when Grønjkær came off injured.
The lessons from this game were clear. Firstly, at this level you cannot sit back on a 1-0 lead. Secondly, if we are to compete with United we need to match their work rate.