This was never meant to be a clash of champions. And yet what transpired was the most open and exciting game between these two sides in recent times.
The Premiership weekend saw Manchester United widen the gap between first and second place, while their arch rivals Manchester City failed to make any ground after a draw against Fulham. TheHardTackle reviews the weekend that went by.
The Hard Tackle brings you the latest from the news that DIDN'T make it to the papers.
As Man United travel to Stamford Bridge, a lot depends on the two men in-charge; Sir Alex has a choice to make - to attack Chelsea from the beginning or to approach the game cautiously. While, Carlo has to think long and hard on his team's formation and personnel. The battle at the Bridge will be fought as much between the ears, as on the pitch.
Ahead of the big clash between Chelsea and Manchester United, here at TheHardTackle, we indulge ourselves in a friendly banter between our resident writers. Here are some sizzling questions and even tastier replies.
Owen 'Judas' Coyle's decision to jump ship from Burnley to Bolton last year was put under the scanner by critics in England, who called it a silly move. TheHardTackle tells you why Coyle's work at Bolton can be considered exceptional..
While one team is battling relegation, the other is looking to make a comeback into Europe's biggest competition. Liverpool make the trip to London to take on West Ham United. TheHardTackle previews the game.
Arsenal play Birmingham in the Carling Cup Final as they try to eradicate the famous 'no silverware for six years' cliche. The stage is New Wembley and the two teams have gone past massive teams to reach this far. This is Arsenal's corner from TheHardTackle House.
United make the short trip to Wigan to face Roberto Martinez's Wigan side, THT preview the game with all the team brief, injury news and predictions ahead of this important league encounter.
Returning to the Championship after three seasons in League One, Leeds United was expected to establish itself in the league before striving for a promotion to the Premiership in the seasons to follow. TheHardTackle's Guest Author Nitin Fernandes takes a look at Leeds United's season so far.