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WATCH 5 Chelsea-Manchester United Matches Mired In Controversy [VIDEO]

man united chelsea posters WATCH 5 Chelsea Manchester United Matches Mired In Controversy [VIDEO]

The Chelsea-Manchester United fixture has more often than not decided the Premier League title since Roman Abramovich’s purchase of the Blues that broke up the Arsenal-Manchester United duopoly that dominated the Premier League for many years prior.

But beginning in 2009, this fixture has become infamous for controversial calls:

1. November 2009 

Referee Martin Atkinson had a shocker. In the first half, Wayne Rooney was incorrectly flagged for offside when he was in on the keeper.  Minutes later a clear penalty was denied for United. In the second half, with United controlling the game, a succession of questionable calls led to Chelsea’s lone goal in the 1-0 Blues victory. Chelsea would win the title that season by a single point over Manchester United.

2. April 2010

Having been the victims of injustice earlier in the season, Manchester United felt aggrieved again as Chelsea’s second goal was described by The Guardian as “outrageously offside.” Goal scorer Didier Drogba was at least three yards offside when Solomon Kalou played the ball to him. But minutes later, United cut the lead to 2-1 on a goal that was just as dubious. Federico Macheda hit a “shot” with his right arm that reached the left-hand side of the net. The goal stood but Chelsea held on for a 2-1 victory and won the title by one point.


M. United 1-2 Chelsea All Goals & Highlights 03… by black_jack8945

Mike Dean was the official and several weeks earlier he had gifted Manchester City a match at Stamford Bridge with a dodgy penalty call when Gareth Barry went to ground without much contact. That result was what brought Manchester United back to within a point of Chelsea, setting up this matchup.

3. March 2011

Carrying a caution with Manchester United leading 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, David Luiz made a challenge that may have even been red card worthy on Wayne Rooney but escaped with just a foul. Luiz then equalized the game and Chelsea won late on a controversial penalty. The penalty call was made after Blues substitute Yuri Zhirkov ran into a stationary Chris Smalling, yet the foul was called on the United man in the area.

After this game, Sir Alex Ferguson made comments about referee Martin Atkinson including references to the 2009 matchup. The comments led directly to a lengthy touchline ban by The FA, leaving Ferguson in the stands for five games including a loss at Newcastle and an FA Cup semifinal defeat to rivals Manchester City.

Chelsea’s 2-1 win helped the Blues go from 13 points behind Manchester United in mid-February to within three points for the second meeting in early May. That particular day United won 2-1 and clinched the title the following week.

4. February 2012 

Chelsea blew a 3-0 second half lead thanks largely to two softish penalty calls. Chelsea manager Andre Vilas-Boas was sacked two weeks later.

5. October 2012

Referee Mark Clattenburg was at the center of controversy as Chelsea saw two players sent off, the second being Fernando Torres for a dive. Chelsea also complained about the official, who allegedly (although later disproven) made a racial slur towards John Obi Mikel. The 3-2 Manchester United victory at Stamford Bridge helped the Red Devils towards a season where they cruised to the title by 11 points.  Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo was sacked three and a half weeks later.

About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC. View all posts by Kartik Krishnaiyer →
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6 Responses to WATCH 5 Chelsea-Manchester United Matches Mired In Controversy [VIDEO]

  1. Bill says:

    In game one you missed the Darren Fletcher kick to Drogba’s ribs. Drogba got a yellow for diving yet it was reveal after the game that Fletcher cracked DD’s ribs. You went on and on about game number 2 for weeks on the podcast.

  2. Ianor says:

    Its “phil dowd” on sunday which is a good news by both sets of funs. so no webb or dean or atkitson or clattenburg that were the centre of controversy in the past. Good pick by fa..

  3. Peter says:

    You also also left out the bit about Hernandez being “outrageously offside” in the 3-2 “win.” I was there. Still not happy about it. I will always remember the sight of that torn out seat being thrown onto the pitch. Was also there for the Chelsea 2-1 win when Luiz hit that cracker. The mood in the pub after that match was like the end of WWII. Sadly, I was also there when Chelsea surrendered a three goal advantage and walked away with a draw.

  4. Sacto Blues says:

    And the Quarterfinals of the 2011 UCL where Evra clearly fouled Ramires in the penalty box.

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