Today we get to witness yet another clash between Premier League powerhouses Manchester United and Chelsea FC. Managers Alex Furguson and Rafael Benitez are both taking this match incredibly seriously despite the results having little affect on league standings. Manchester United have secured the league title, but a matchup between these two teams is always important for the managers, players, and fans. Manchester welcomes Paul Scholes back from a knee injury that had sidelined him since January and Ashley Cole returns to Chelsea from his European suspension.
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Here are some interesting "Match Facts" thanks to Eurosport:
Manchester United are unbeaten in four Barclays Premier League meetings with Chelsea (W3 D1), their best run against them since December 1998 (five).
The last six clashes between the Red Devils and the Blues in all competitions have seen 29 goals scored at an average of 4.8 goals per game.
[Manchester United has] lost more games (13) and conceded more goals (55) against Chelsea than versus any other side in the Premier League.
Always assuming three points for a win, no team in English top-flight history has ever finished outside the top four having won 65 or more points after 34 games (as Chelsea do now).
Manager quotes about today's match:
Manchester's Alex Ferguson: "Last year [Danny Welbeck] had 12 goals, this year he's only got two, so that's a big drop. But that drop doesn't concern us because he still applies himself really well and still looks to score, still looks to get a chance and with that kind of courage he will eventually become a regular goalscorer."
Chelsea's Rafael Benitez: "Now they realize how important every single game is. To get three points in every game will be massive because we are so close. We have to do our job and hopefully other teams will make mistakes. "