Thursday, May 10, 2007

Chelsea 0 Manchester United 0

Jose Mourinho was involved in a heated exchange with Graham Poll as the shadow squads of Chelsea and Manchester United fought out a draw.

If seven yellow cards in a meaningless game is anything to go by, the new Wembley can expect a fractious opening when England's big two do battle in the FA Cup final on May 19.

No longer manager of the Premiership's champion team, Mourinho will desperately hope for a win, and also to keep out of trouble following his pointed exchange with Poll towards the end of this goalless draw after Claude Makelele had fouled Wayne Rooney.

Not that it means much given the relative strength of the teams but Chelsea were the ones who looked most like breaking the deadlock in a keenly-contested affair, with unheralded United duo Kieran Richardson and Kieran Lee both booting off the line in the latter stages.

It may be minor consolation but the result - a 62nd unbeaten league game on home soil for Chelsea - leaves them just one away from equalling Liverpool's all-time top-flight record.

Both managers stuck by the pre-match promises, Mourinho to get his players to form a guard of honour and Ferguson to rest most of United's key players.

With their title battle at an end, a rough estimate suggested only seven Stamford Bridge starters would retain their places for the next meeting later this month.

Indeed, only six of the Red Devils John Terry applauded onto the pitch are eligible for championship medals.


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