Last Updated: 08/05/11 6:14pm
Drogba goes into the book while Rooney misses another chance to make it three goals for Manchester United.
More strong pressure from United after Valencia's cross is half cleared and Giggs sets up Hernandez. He drags his left-foot shot from 10 yards wide of the upright.
Hernandez should have sealed things. Brilliant cross from the right by Valencia and the Mexican's point-blank header goes over the bar.
Two more quick chances for Rooney - he is clean through but dithers a little too long and is smothered by Cech and then his shot from just inside the box is deflected over for a corner.
Lampard clatters into Michael Carrick and the free-kick is given. Good play down the left from Evans and he sets up Rooney who shoots wide from just outside the box.
United are two players down as throw from the right comes in. Torres gets the ball on the volley and hits a United defender but the whistle goes for an infringement.
Fabio is another United player in need of treatment while Evans has a dose of smelling salts to bring him around.
Another good cross from Ivanovic from the right which is headed clear by Rio Ferdinand. He is looking shaky after that clearance as is Evans, after he gets the ball in the face from a ramires header.
Ivanovic stands one up to the far post from the right and Drogba is there to head just over. He was a fraction offside anyway.
Cole finds himslef well forward but the ball to him is not good enough and Van der Sar is off his line to comfortably collect.
Corner for Manchester United taken by Giggs goes short as the hone side try and slow the game down a bit.
Chelsea have the wind in their sails and Torres finds a good position on the right side of the United area. He tries to centre towards the edge of the box but it is easily intercepted.
Rooney misses a great chance to seal the game again after Valencia nicks the ball off Cole, puts in Hernandez, who crosses for Rooney to slot home as he falls over only to see Alex get in the way with a brilliant piece of defending on the line.
GOAL LAMPARD: A chance for Chelsea after a cross from Ramires is headed down by Alex and Lampard sticks out a foot to prod it home from close range.
Torres has a chance to run at the United defence but a heavy touch sees the ball taken from him and cleared comfortably.
Drogba brings a lovely ball from Ashley Cole down well just inside the area and then fires his shot just wide of the post. He looked to have used a hand as well and Howard Webb gives the free-kick.
United break three on three and once again Valencia is slow to decide what option to take. He tires to play in Hernandez, the ball breaks back to him off the legs of John Terry and he then goes over in the area - but no penalty.
The break in play sees Fernando Torres come on for Kalou. That is Carlo Ancelotti's last roll of the dice.
Valencia takes his time to get his cross in from the right but it is a good delivery but can't find a red shirt. Giggs picks the ball up on the far side and wins a corner which goes out on the far side.
Park takes the ball down the left but he is pretty isolated. He does mange to win a throw-in for his side though.
Nice pass over the top finds Rooney marauding down the left but his touch lets him down on this occasion and Cech can gather the loose ball.
Better again from Chelsea but Drogba just can't get the better of Evans inside the United area and the ball goes out for a goal-kick.
Kalou goes down in the United area under pressure from Vidic but it looks only like a tangle feet and nothing is given.
Lovely play from United and a nice change of pace on the right by Valencia, who makes the room for the cross. A Chelsea arm goes out and their is a huge howl for a penalty but nothing doing.
Malouda has a speculative effort from a good 25 yards with his left foot but it is well wide of the target again.
Park brings down Lampard and gives away the fould halfway inside the United half. ramires shoots but hits a defender and the ball flies out for a Chelsea throw-in.
Decent move for Chelsea but once again Drogba finds himself with no room to move once the ball is in the danger area and United clear their lines.
Double change for Chelsea in abid to rescue the situation. Off go Luiz and Mikel with Alex and Ramires their replacements. We are off and running again.
Thanks to a busy Alex Wain: "Following the big game on my iPhone while looking after my 7 month old lad, and while it's difficult to Multi task those two, y'know what isn't difficult? Slicing through Chelsea's defence. I was worried earlier, I though we were playing a top flight team with the hunger to win, not the dispassionate team that seems to be on the pitch. Utterly disappointed in terms of the challenge, but thoroughly pleased with the table if the Utd lads keep playing the way they are!"
Ian Haywood has been impressed like the rest of us by the Manchester United: "Man utd showing wot winnings is all about. Sir Alex really knows how to get the best out of every player in the team , a title decider has been decided by half time."
Time for a couple of quick emails and Calvin Rawstron says: "Hi i think Chelsea are going to fight back in the second half. Full time 2-2 Drogba two goals."
It is all one-way traffic and United are 1/20 at Sky Bet for the victory. For those that can see some way back for Chelsea they can be backed at 40/1 while the draw is 10/1.
Valencia hits a deep cross from the edge of the Chelsea box and Rooney flicks the ball back but unfortunately there is no red shirt running on to his pass.
Valencia zips in a cross from the right and a desperate sliding interception by Mikel sends the ball behind for a corner. Valencia ends up with the ball again and his shot from 25 yards goes over the bar.
Free-kick for United taken by Giggs and he sends the ball back into his own half with then home side happy to keep possession.
Ivanovic brings down Rooney once again and the crowd call for him to be given his marching orders. Rooney in need of some treatment and the game comes to a halt.
Dangerous cross from the right by Kalou and it looks like Drogba might get on the end but it is cleared.
Good cross from the left by Florent Malouda and Drogba meets it with his head but can only glance it behind for another goal-kick.
Kalou tries to beat Valencia on the left hand side of the United box but the latter defends well and the ball goes out for a goal-kick.
Drogba had a fair chunk of goal to aim for and Van der Sar is rooted to the spot but unfortunately the attempt is well wide of the upright.
Drogba clears the wall and it dips down towards Van der sar's left-hand post but the veteran makes the save and although the ball remains in play, it is cleared.
David Luiz makes a run to the edge of the United area and tries his luck with his left foot but it is straight down the throat of Van der Sar.
Chelsea continue to be ripped apart by Manchester United and it could have been more trouble for the visitors if a Giggs cross from the right had found a red shirt.
Chelsea win themselves a corner and Kalo comes close to getting them on the scoresheet but Van der Sar is to the rescue.
GOAL VIDIC: Giggs crosses from the resultant corner and Nemanja Vidic sneaks in between some static Chelsea defenders to head home from three yards. Very easy indeed.
Rooney and Ryan Giggs over the free-kick. The former plays it wide to Fabio, who crosses deep into the area but it is headed clear.
Rooney goes for a quick one-two but is blocked by Ivanovic. Rooney is up on his feet quicky and remonstrating with Howard Webb but gets just a free-kick some 30 yards from goal.
Certainly signs in the lat few minutes that Chelsea are getting involved. Kalou shoots from just outside the box but it lacks any power and Van der Sar collects.
Drogba takes on Fabio down the left wing and gets the better of the defender but his cross is easily intercepted.
Chelsea probe again 30 yards from goal but Drogba is off target again as he tries to Frank Lampard's run into the box.
Drogba receives the ball with his back to the goal 25 yards out but he is immediately challenged and muscled off the ball.
Lovely fluid break from United from back to front. Rooney instrumental in the move and his shot from just outside the Chelsea box is a fraction wide of the left upright.
Branislav Ivanovic scythes down Rooney with a very late tackle and he is the first player in the notebook.
Hernandez could easily have had a second after he is found three yards from goal by Park. he just can't get a positive touch on the ball and it bounces behind for a goal-kick.
Chelsea again sloppy in the middle of the park and Jon Obi Mikel gives the ball away and is then forced to foul Park and give away the free-kick.
Chelsea are able to clear the subsequent corner and do break up the field via Kalou but Didier Drogba's shot from distance is a complete waste.
Rooney makes some space 25 yards from the Chelsea goal and unleashes a fierece drive which Cech palms around the post.
Small spell of possession for Chelsea but the United midfeld Salomon Kalou finds himslef on the edge of the United area but is surrounded by red shirts and is easily crowded out.
Hernandez plays a short pass to Wayne Rooney on the edge of the Chelsea area. He goes down under pressure but no foul is forthcoming.
United continue to pile forward but a loose pass sees the ball go out for a Chelsea throw deep in their own half.
The cheers are ringing around Old Trafford and it is all United so far as Chelsea try and get some sort of foothold in the game.
GOAL HERNANDEZ: Incredible start for the home side with a goal after just 39 seconds. Ryan Giggs finds Ji-Sung Park who helps the ball on to Javier Hernadez in the clear. The Mexican striker then provides an ultra-cool finish to beat Petr Cech.
One last quick pre-match email from Kai: "Greetings from Auckland. I think I beat the Aussies for staying up late to watch this one. It's now 3am here. This should be a good game. Could go either way but I can't see more than a goal in it. I'm going for 1-1." Get the coffee on Kai, many thanks and enjoy the game.
Thanks to everyone who emailed and sorry I could not get round to them all. The teams are coming on to the pitch but I may be able to stick a few more of your thoughts out at half-time.
Lee Hibbert expects a good win for the visitors today: "Man u are gonna get pulled to pieces in this game. Its gonna b all CHELSEA. 3-1 Malouda drogba lampard and rooney."
No doubting where Amy Cooper's allegiances lie: "I think Chelsea have this in the bag! come on you blues!!! We have this!!! Think the blues will win 2-0." Thankyou Amy.
From Perth in Australia to Pittsburgh in the USA. Chris Dunkerley says: "I said United would lose against Arsenal, and for precisely the same reason United will lose today. Carrick and Park are too inconsistent. The midfield is too weak and Fergie incredibly sets his stall out for a draw. United will win nothing this season, and will lose out to a mediocre Chelsea team because Fergie is too stubborn to spend."
David Hall from Perth in Australia is hanging around: "Worth staying up for in Aussie.....Chelsea 2-0 Man Utd......No problem," Like the confidence.
Mark Bowler says: "I reckon the first goal wins it, Rooney to get it and 2-0 on the way to a league and champions league double."
Thanks to Julie Lockett, who says: "hi from australia, just following your online pre match chat and hoping as we go to bed here in kalgoorlie australia that we wake up to the news that man utd are 6 points ahead and that chelsea will need a miracle to win the premiership out from under man utd. all i can say is go man utd wish we were in the uk to watch it live." Stay up Julie and follow the clockwatch here! Who needs sleep?
Jeremy from Singapore is worried about the threat from Didier Drogba: "Starting from Drogba is a huge concern for me as a United fan. He will be Chelsea key man and I'm hoping that we can keep him quiet!"
Here is the Chelsea team: Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, David Luiz, Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Essien, Kalou, Drogba, Malouda. Subs: Turnbull, Ramires, Torres, Benayoun, Ferreira, Alex, Anelka. Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)
Here is the Manchester United line-up: Man Utd: Van der Sar, Fabio Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, O'Shea, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Park, Rooney, Hernandez. Subs: Kuszczak, Anderson, Berbatov, Smalling, Nani, Scholes, Evans.
Hello to Cork City and Keith Buckley, who says: "David, I am going for a 2-0 win to united. Rooney to keep up his good form against the blues with a brace."
I get the impression from you all that this is going to be a very dramatic afternoon and Hamza Emzio agrees: "Has the title race ever been more exciting in recent years? Expecting a tense affair but hoping for an entertaining game of football. A 3-2 scoreline to United. Rooney, Hernandez and maybe a cheeky winner from leading goalscorer Berbatov!"
Many thanks to Gary Finnigan, who says: "As a neutral, i'm going for a 2-0 chelsea win to blow the title race wide open. Lampard and torres with the goals." That would certianly make the last two weeks very intersting indeed!
Matt Eastwood reckons it will be a late show from a certain Bulgarian striker: "Huge game, huge consequences for title race, very nervous although Chelsea do have tough game vs. everton on the last day compared to us vs Blackpool. Come on united!!!! Berba to come on and score the winner!"
Neha Makwana says: "It's gonna be an interesting match, but hoping Chelsea win all the way, as that will shut all my mates up who support united!!"
Callum Taylor says: "It will be close. i reckon Man U are gonna just defend defend, and defend again, and then, they'll look to get a goal from a counter attack 1-0 Man U."
Here is some early team news before a few more of your emails. Fernando Torres is only on the bench at Old Trafford with Didier Drogba in attack rather than their £50million new-boy. United are without Patrice Evra, who is sidelined by a thigh injury. Not surprisingly, Sir Alex Ferguson retains only three members of the starting line-up that overcame Schalke in midweek with Fabio occupying one full-back berth, John O'Shea the other and Javier Hernandez in attack.
Many thnaks to Bethany Clark, who says: "As a chelsea fan, i hope we do get a win today, it could give us more confidence. We won the league last year, we can do it this year, COME ON YOU BLUES!!!!"
Right on cue, Cian Hughes is going for the Blues this afternoon: "Really tough game. Really can't wait for the start of this game! This is the title decider. I would love Chealsea to win! I will hope for a 4-2 victory for Chealsea with: Torres(2), Drogba,+Malouda, Chicarito(2) for utd." Thanks for that Cian, Torres to step up to the plate then? He is 7/1 to open the scoring at Sky Bet.
Another one for a United win - Audun from Norways says: "rumours say we are playing without evra, but with giggs and park. close game but united win 3-1. Rooney, chicharito and nani with the goals." Anyone for a Chelsea win?
Matt Hickley continues in the same vein and predicts a tight game. "I reckon it will be a cagey game today which will end up seeing the title race go to the wire I reckon 1-1 today Rooney and kalou." I am inclined to agree with you Matt, a draw would be my idea of the final score.
Lee Edwards from Lincolnshire adds: "I think todays game will be a tight and nervy affair but with United edging it 2-1 with the little hero Chico scoring the winner."
Thanks to Damian Curran, who is our first emailer on the game. He says: "Like a broken record, I hope for everyones sake today we get a professional and steady refereeing display today & as a united fan I hope nani doesn't start. Come on the reds!"
Sky Bet make the Red Devils 5/4 in this one with Chelsea 11/5 and the draw 23/10. Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez head the first goalscore betting at 5/1 and 11/2 with Didier Drogba on offer at 6/1. Antonio Valencia has really caught the eye on his return since being injured and he can be backed at 16/1 to break the deadlock.
Good Afternoon and welcome to what could be the Premier League title decider at Old Trafford. A win for Manchester United would send them six points clear with two games left while Chelsea could go top on goal difference with a victory of their own. Give me your thoughts on the day's big game then at firstname.lastname@example.org.