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04-07-2011, 10:14 AM #1
Unconvincing United edge past Chelsea 1-0A first half goal from Wayne Rooney gave Manchester United the edge in the all-English Champions League tie with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and ensured that Sir Alex Ferguson's side will only need a draw in the return leg at Old Trafford to advance to the semi-finals of Europe's elite competition.
Rooney has once again been the centre of attention for the back pages since his foul-mouthed rant during the game against West Ham at the weekend and the glare of the media's eye was trained firmly on the striker again.
So much so that the milestone reached by Frank Lampard in this game - 500 appearances for the club - were barely mentioned in the build up.
Lampard was keen to force his way centre stage and on 18 minutes he almost did this in the best possible fashion when a slick and incisive passage of play involving Lampard and Ramires resulted in Didier Drogba smashing at shot high at Edwin Van der Sar, with the Dutchman proving equal to the challenge.
In the corresponding league fixture in March, it was Wayne Rooney who broke the deadlock and once again that pattern emerged. A fantastically long cross field pass initiated by Michael Carrick was deftly controlled by Ryan Giggs who sniffed an opening and headed for the byline. What makes Giggs a great player is his vision in seeing the weak spots in any defence, and with this he spotted Rooney and fed the ball into his path for the striker to beat Petr Cech low to his left with the lightest of touches....being a human...