Date: 20th September 2008 at 7:37pm
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I’m tempted to disagree with Sir Alex Ferguson right now. But my ever-present pessimism should not get in the way of his actual comments so let’s hear them now.

‘It`s not a daunting task for Manchester United to go to Stamford Bridge… Not with the ability we have in this team.’

‘Chelsea respect that. They know we can win there. We don`t want to be nine points behind Chelsea, or anyone else, at this stage of the season.’

‘We know we`ve got a big job to do on Sunday and the players will be up for it,’

Well, we have the ability, definitely. But it’s still a daunting task. No team have won a league game at Stamford Bridge since 2004. We haven’t won there since 2002. They are our bogey team, no doubt, and as usual they can count on the referee as well the FA.

But Fergie continued.

‘We have a collection of talents here at the club and I have to make sure I pick the right ones. You can`t dismiss the contribution of Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez – not with the form they`ve been in.’

‘It`s fair to say I`ve got selection problems for Sunday – the right kind, mind you.’


Well, with Berbatov possibly available I also say it’s the right kind of ‘problem’. However, the return of Scholes fills me with fear. His non-showing at Anfield is yet another proof that he should not start these difficult away games as he does not seem to be up to it. Yet I’m sure Fergie will start him… and that could be our downfall.

But enough of this negativity. We are the European Champions and rightly so. No need to fear Chelsea, especially not a Chelsea without Michael Essien who always does well against us – and against everyone else, mind you. Eightysomething and out, eh?