TheHardTackle guest author Saumitra 'Sam' Sabnis believes the relatively new rivalry between Manchester United and Chelsea FC, winners of the last 7 Barclays Premier League titles, deserves to be recognized as the primary rivalry in the English league - the equivalent of the El ClA?sico

Manchester Uniteda��s juggernaut has kept rolling after a victory over Chelsea by a margin of 3-1. The champions have now gone two points clear off nearest rivals and neighbors Manchester City at the top of the table. The Red Devils took an apparent unassailable lead of three goals in the first half itself, with Smalling, Nani and Rooney on target, in that order. Chelsea only managed to peg one back at the start of the second half through Torres to give them some respite. With this win Manchester United registered their fifth victory on the trot since the start of the season, a feat last achieved by them in the 1985-86 season (they went on to win ten straight league games back then but failed to win the league). Wayne Rooney found the back of the net for the fifth consecutive occasion and as for Chelsea, Fernando Torres scored. The scoreline, especially at the end of the first half, flattered […]

With a host of players, purchased or promoted to first-team action, Chelsea FC can now look at fielding a variety of different midfield formations. Gone are the days when Lampard, Ballack and Essien virtually pencilled their own names into the starting line-up. Now, with a little bit of imagination, common-sense and a dash of adventure thrown in, Chelsea's midfield can morph into a multitude of forms.