Manchester United showed with a gutsy second half performance against Arsenal that despite having won the title, they are not going to be a pushover in any match for the rest of the season.
Plenty of people are pointing to Chelsea’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur as the pivotal match in the race for Champions League football, but United have a chance to spoil the party and they will jump at the chance to do so.
Chelsea have stuck it to United in more ways than one this season but it all started when they signed Eden Hazard from Lille in a deal worth 32 million Euros.
It transpired that United had come very close to signing Hazard with the Belgian being awkward throughout the entire process, keeping his personal decision well under wraps.
Chelsea have also got one over on United in both high profile domestic cup competitions this season; the League Cup and the FA Cup.
On both occasions Chelsea have won very close games which have stopped United from trying to secure a historic treble which would have undoubtedly established them as the power of English football at the moment.
United won the only Premier League match between the two sides with a narrow 3-2 win which helped them on their way to a 13th Premier League crown.
Sir Alex Ferguson recently spoke of how he expects Chelsea to be a serious contender for the Premier League title next season, possibly under the second reign of Jose Mourinho.
That is something else United can affect because if they win this weekend and Chelsea fail to qualify for the Champions League, they will have a harder time attracting their top transfer targets in the summer.
It may even prove decisive in getting Mourinho to go back to Stamford Bridge because his decision is going to be affected if he doesn’t have the chance to win the European Cup.
All in all, that will leave Chelsea in a much weaker position than if they finish in the top four and it’s a small incentive United can use to try and get one over on a team that has played well against them this year.
Hazard made a point of announcing his move to Chelsea over his Twitter account, pointing to the fact Chelsea had just won the Champions League.
It’s an ironic twist that ever since, Chelsea have seemingly struggled in that competition with no guarantee that they will finish in the top four by the end of the current campaign, although they are in a good position.
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