Our alphabetical guide to Chelsea vs United begins with letters A to M...
Abramovich - Roman Abramovich's buyout in June 2003 sparked unprecedented spending and turned Chelsea into a major force. The Russian has so far overseen League and FA Cup successes, but the Champions League remains his Holy Grail, and the Blues' only appearance in the final since his arrival ended in tears...
Bonetti aka ‘The Cat’ - Peter Bonetti played 700-plus games for Chelsea, with United the opponents for his testimonial on 17 September 1979 at the Bridge, preceded by a clash between Capital Radio and Dennis Waterman’s Showbiz Stars! The Reds twice pegged the Blues back, with an own goal and a screamer from Ashley Grimes. Arthur Albiston put United ahead, but Chelsea won 5-3.
Charlton - Sir Bobby played his 758th and final United game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 28 April 1973 (the Blues won 1-0). He also holds the honour of being the Reds' highest scorer against the Blues with 10 goals in 30 games; next is Denis Law (nine in 14), then Dennis Viollet and Mark Hughes (eight in 15 and 16 games respectively).
Dawson - Alex Dawson scored a hat-trick for United in a 6-0 win on 26 December 1960, still our biggest ever victory over the Blues – a real Boxing Day beating.
Eleven - That’s how many goals were shared on 16 October 1954 (the year of Chelsea's first title) in perhaps the greatest United-Chelsea match of all time, as two attacking sides went hell-for-leather for the 90 minutes. The Reds edged it, thanks to a Dennis Viollet hat-trick (his first for the club), two Tommy Taylor strikes and a goal from Jackie Blanchflower. Man of the match Johnny Berry set up five. “I've never played in a game this exciting,” reflected United skipper Roger Byrne.
Fangzhou - Chinese forward Dong Fangzhou made his senior Reds debut against Chelsea on 9 May 2007, the final game of the season, with the league title secured. Dong appeared twice the following season before leaving OT at the end of 2007/08 after just three outings.
Guard of honour - Quite a tradition has developed between the two clubs of this type of salute: we did it for Chelsea when they won their first-ever title in 1955, they returned the favour in 2005, while in 2000, Roy Keane’s runaway champions were also accorded the honour. Great for the winners,