A view from the enemy - Part II: We talk to more Manchester United fans!

Alex Livesey

Ahead of today's game at Old Trafford, I spoke to my good friends Alex and Gerry about all things Chelsea.

How does it feel to be Champions?

Alex: A fantastic feeling, a just reward for the players especially the ones who've won it for the first time, more so for Van Persie who has been absolutely superb for the majority of the season. Although there wasn't much of a fight from Chelsea or City there were still some absolutely spectacular performances e.g. City away.
Gerry: It feels great to be Champions. It's even better when you remember that it's just building on our lead over Liverpool.

How would you feel if Benitez took over from Sir Alex Ferguson?

Alex: It would never happen. If it did quite simply the fans would jeer him just as much if not a lot worse than Chelsea fans do already! There would be major uproar.
Gerry: I would be very annoyed. He seems to care more about his CV than the clubs he manages, that's certainly the case right now.

What do you make of Chelsea fans treatment of Benitez?

Alex: Undeserved on his own behalf. However, I can totally understand their frustrations at the sacking and treatment over Robbie Di Matteo. However, they should get behind the team and urge them on and to get through this tough campaign and build for next season.
Gerry: Chelsea fans were always going to be harsh on Rafa considering his past comments about Chelsea, on top of that he replaced fan favourite Di Matteo, recipe for disaster.

Do you feel sorry for Torres or do you enjoy watching him suffer in a Chelsea shirt?

Alex: Obviously as a United fan I found it quite amusing to watch Torres' performances. However, I have to admit it is such a shame not only for himself & Chelsea fans but also the Premier League itself, that we're no longer treated to wonderful performances and goals from a man who was once dubbed one of the best strikers in the world.
Gerry: At first I found it quite funny but now I'm not fussed about Torres, he's a terrible player and Chelsea should ditch him as soon as possible.

If you could have one or two players from Chelsea, who would you take?

Alex: At the start of the season I would have said Cech, but De Gea seems to have matured a lot this season and his performances have come and on leaps and bounds. I would have to say Mata and Lampard, yes Lampard! Firstly, Mata for obvious reasons, he his technically brilliant and is always a threat going forward and United lack that sort of player at the moment. Secondly, Lampard, yes I know many of you will raise eyebrows at this selection but the fact of the matter is, United have lacked a goal scoring central midfielder for years now and Lampard is exactly that. He will always get you a goal and even at the age of 34 he is still such a clever and influential player on the field and if I were Fergie I'd definitely be giving his agent a few phone calls.
Gerry: Mata because he's the best attacking midfielder in the Premiership and Ramires as i think he would form a good partnership with Carrick, their two contrasting styles would compliment each other.

What do you think of Chelsea in general as a club?

Alex: As a club, historically they haven't got a huge trophy cabinet but I suppose in this day and age although they have spent an absolute fortune on not only players but managers too you cannot question their credentials and honours they have won in the past few years. However, even as a United fan it is utterly infuriating to watch their treatment of managers it is honestly like a soap opera from time to time. Too many knee jerk decisions don't help, managers need time and stability to put their stamp on things in and around a club. Chelsea and especially Roman Abramovich don't give that and this is why for example this season things haven't gone right for them.
Gerry: They've been a successful club in recent years and are slowly becoming a big club but who wouldn't with Romans millions?

Who should be to blame for Chelsea's poor season?

Alex: The players in my eyes. Yes Rafa has had some pretty shocking results at Chelsea since he's been there e.g. the Southampton game at home when they were 2 up and threw it away but he's also had some good ones, coming from 2 down away at United to go on and reach the semi's of the fa cup. However, on the field you have to look at the players in my eyes, Demba Ba hasn't put in the sort of performances he showed at Newcastle in my eyes and also Hazard. Many will raise eyebrows at this but he went missing for half the season after a brilliant start and drifted in and out matches. Too many lack lusture performances and sloppy defending has cost them.
Gerry: Whoever made the decision to loan out Lukaku and sell Sturridge whilst the club persisted with hopeless Torres up top.

Can we expect to see a full strength United XI on the weekend even though the league has already been won?

Alex: I think so yes. Fergie will want a win and bragging rights over his old foe Benitez! I fully expect RVP to be there up top but I think we could see Hernandez and Cleverley drafted in to the starting 11 to freshen a few things up and because of Hernandez's spectacular goal scoring record against Chelsea and Cleverley's energy and work rate in the middle of the park.
Gerry: I think so. Man Utd versus Chelsea is always a big game and a game we always want to win. It wouldn't surprise me if there were a few youngsters on the bench though.

Can you see Chelsea challenging for the title next season?

Alex: It totally depends on the manager in my opinion. They need to secure champions league football for next season first which is an absolute must and then act quickly, whilst making the right decision on their next manager. Which, unfortunately I feel will be Mourinho! Then, if they do this I feel they can get on with the rebuilding and strengthening of the squad. Which is in desperate need of a striker in my opinion, which could and probably will be Falcao who would be an absolute outrageous signing and someone who could really lift spirits and the confidence around the club again and bring back the goals up top they have been missing.
Gerry: Yes. Roman will spend big of course and if they get Jose back then he's good enough to get Chelsea competitive in all competitions again.

And finally, how do you see the game going and what will the score be?

Alex: I feel it will be an entertaining game with lots of goals. Both teams will quite simply go for it, as United are at home and will just go for it as they've nothing left to play for and Chelsea because quite simply they need to win as they chase a Champions League spot. I'm going for a high scoring game but United to just edge it 3-2!
Gerry: It will be an open game and I can see it finishing 2-2.

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