When you don’t win somewhere for almost a decade, psychology becomes a factor. So for all the deserved superlatives for the evergreen Giggs, the real stroke of old mastery came in the 51st minute.
United lost Rafael – it usually loses players to injury at the Bridge. The Chelsea usual assault was on the horizon. But rather than sending in a natural defender, Alex Ferguson sent in Nani, the most dangerous winger in the land. Shifting Antonio Valencia to right-back.
This had it’s tactical merits. Rather than concentrating on its offensive assault, Chelsea could not throw caution to wind.
But more than anything it was a message from Ferguson to his men:
Thy shall not fear the oligarchy.