Chelsea, Manchester United


Chelsea football club of England won their final pre-season match in Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night beating Real Sociedad of Spain 2-0 to boost their confidence ahead of the new campaign which they will kick off on Monday when they travel to Burnley.

Recently, the club manager referred to Diego Costa as a 40 million euros bargain for his side and the striker who scored 27 leagues goals for Atletico Madrid last season has been impressive so far for the blues since joining last month.

Costa, who already scored against Olimpija in one of the pre-season matches, extended his pre-season tally to three with a fine brace as he displayed the kind of form that saw him score 36 goals in total for Atletico Madrid last season.

Diego Costa who apologized prior to the match to Chelsea fans for playing a part in eliminating Chelsea from the Champions League last year scored the first of his two goals in the second minute of play after a good pass from Ramires.

The 25 year old added to his tally after 7 minutes when he capitalised on a rebound from Andre Schurrle’s curling shot which came against Enaut Zubikarai’s post to slot into an unguarded net.

Jose Mourinho will be pleased with the start but not an overall performance as his team were unable to extend their lead after dominating the game. Diego Costa would have had his hat trick but missed from Hazard’s pass shortly after the restart of the second half.

Manchester United had new manager, Louis Van Gaal in the dugout for the first time in Old Trafford, a special occasion which also involved new player Ander Herrera’s first Old Trafford game.

The manager though was pleased to be in charge but not happy about the performance of the team terming it as the ‘worst performance so far’.

Manchester United had to settle for a very late winner from substitute Maroune Fellaini to steal a 2-1 victory against Valencia of Spain.

                                                                                               Manchester United, Chelsea

In full control of the first half, Wayne Rooney won and missed a penalty which was well saved by Diego Alves.

Rooney had another chance to put Manchester United ahead but his heavy first touch took the ball away from him for an easy save by Valencia goalkeeper, Alves.

4 minutes into the second half, Darren Fletcher got United into the lead as his shot was deflected in by Rodrigo after Ashley Young’s corner was forced to Fletcher’s path.

To the delight of the fans, Manchester United stayed in control of the game but for a short period as Valencia came back searching for an equaliser.

United manager took off Fletcher and substitute, ‘birthday boy’ Tom Cleverley marked his celebration by misreading and deflecting a Valencia free kick towards Rodrigo who won’t miss from 6 yards.

The introduction of Adnan Januzaj added more bite for Manchester United in attack as his clever pass found Rooney with Rooney failing to shoot on target.

Other substitute, Maroune Fellaini scored his first Manchester United goal with the last kick of the game when he controlled a cross from Tyler Blackett after a miscommunication from Alves and his defenders.

Manchester United will host Swansea city in Old Trafford on Saturday to kick off the 2014/2015 English Premier League season.