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Red Super-Sub sinks nine-man Chelsea

Javier Hernandez scored the winner as Manchester United secured a 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge in a pulsating Premier League encounter.

The Mexican netted the winner with 15 minutes remaining, as 9-man Chelsea saw their unbeaten record in the Premier League come to an end.

Having flirted with a diamond formation in the last few weeks, United were back to a more familiar 4-4-2 at Stamford Bridge, with an unchanged back four in front of De Gea and a midfield including Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley and Ashley Young – playing his first game in two months – with RVP and Rooney up-front.

Much like they had done at Newcastle, United started the game at blistering pace and were ahead within three minutes from kick off, as Robin Van Persie’s shot ricocheted off David Luiz and into the back of the net after having hit the post, as the Dutchman benefited from some great counter-attacking football that saw Young and Rooney expose the Blues’ back four.

Ferguson had anticipated that Chelsea would miss John Terry and United proved their manager right ten minutes later, as they cut the home side’s back four to shreds again.

RVP had been Chelsea’s chief tormentor at Stamford Bridge last season and the home fans must have been sick of his sight as he slammed Valencia’s cross home, after the Ecuadorian had again gosthed past Ashley Cole.

Roberto di Matteo had never endured back-to-back defeats since he took over from Andre Villas-Boas last season, and his players quickly rallied to preserve the record intact.

With Chelsea coming at United from all angles, Rio Ferdinand – constantly booed by the home fans as a reminder of his decision to stand by his brother throughout the Terry saga. How crass of him! – and Jonny Evans were kept busy by Chelsea’s wonderful trio of Mata, Hazard and Oscar.

De Gea, whose superb save off Juan Mata’s free-kick secured a 3-3 draw in the corresponding fixture last season, repelled David Luiz’s free-kick before being saved by the post as Jonny Evans deflected Mikel’s cross for a corner.

United’s fluency going forward vanished as Chelsea piled up the pressure, with De Gea again brilliant to keep the hosts at bay as he saved headers from Cahill and then, with an amazing leap, Torres.

There was little the young Spaniard could do, though, as Mata’s splendid free-kick found its way past the wall and into the back of the net just before half-time, after Rooney had needlessly given away a free-kick on the edge of the box.

Mata could have restored parity less than a minute later but his countryman De Gea was again superb as he saved the former Valencia’s man flick on.

Chelsea were level soon after the break as Ramires headed a brilliant cross by Oscar past De Gea. With eight minutes played in the second half the writing looked to be on the wall for United, and De Gea was again called into action as he saved Hazard’s effort at the near post.

With their backs up against a blue wall, United were desperate for a slice of luck, which duly came their way after 62 minutes, when Ivanovic brought down Ashley Young after a brilliant pass from RVP had played the United winger clean through on goal.

Mark Clattenburg did not hesitate to give the Serbian his marching orders, as Ivanovic became the first Chelsea player to be sent off in Clattenburg’s career.

The referee quickly added another Chelsea player to his book as Torres – anonymous for most of the game – was shown a second yellow card for diving.

In fairness, there seemed to be contact between the Spaniard and Jonny Evans, but the former Liverpool man went down too easily – certainly so in the ref’s view.

Giggs replaced Rooney with 16 minutes left, after Hernandez had been brought on for Cleverley, who had looked out of depth at times, as United pushed forward.

With 15 minutes left United were to enjoy another considerable slice of luck as Hernandez tapped in Rafael’s shot from an offside position that was unspotted by Clattenburg and his assistant.

Fans in the United end found their voices yet again and could finally celebrate a league win at Stamford Bridge for the first time in 10 years.

More crucially, United have now closed the gap from Chelsea to a single point, having already successfully negotiated two difficult trips this season.

Dan (@MUFC_dan87)

18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Opti

    October 28, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Wonderful title. Well done!

    “Chelsea were level soon after the break as Ramires headed a brilliant cross by Hazard past De Gea.”
    — I think it was Oscar who crossed it…

    • jack

      October 29, 2012 at 12:23 am

      wonderful title? really? yay, we gutted a team that were 2 men down. we’re incredible. c’mon, guys, good game, horrible title.

  2. Ian

    October 28, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Hernandez is quality, can’t believe anyone ever doubted him…..thank fook this blog has always backed him

    😳

    • Redrich

      October 28, 2012 at 11:46 pm

      @Ian: Yeah, Opti was right all along.
      😳

  3. Racs

    October 28, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Lets be honest here, lady luck was definitely on our side today, no doubt about it. I thought we played very well during the 1st 30mins today, our shape and discipline was very positive indeed and our counter attacking play was brilliant as is normally the case. Once Chelsea got back into the game however you could see that we started to struggle somewhat. We could never retain possession and we hardly ever got any decent chances as soon as it got to 2-1. Once it became 2-2 i really thought we would lose the game! RVP is by far our best player and has been so far this season by some way, once again he looked brilliant in everything he did! Rooney looked a bit off today but that was perhaps due to the fact that he was played out of position (he was virtually a central midfielder!). It was nice to see us playing with width today once again, its definitely our style of play however in order to be more competitive i still feel its imperative that we purchase a midfielder in january because the ones we have in the squad are just not quite there! At the end of the day, a win is a win and even though the sending’s off played quite a large part in our win today i feel we can now push on from here and go on a serious run!

    Come on UNITED!!!!

  4. colver

    October 28, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Valencia is the ONLY player in the world who makes Ashley Cole look bad. Even Ronaldo couldn’t manage it. Forget diamonds. We need Valencia playing every week. And Young was actually pretty decent on the left. And of course Rooney was the centre of everything with Van Persie and Hernandez our deadly assassins.

    Cleverley and Carrick were decent first half hour but started to look more and more average as the game progressed and Carrick looked off the pace when Chelsea stepped it up a gear. Still can’t help feeling we need a bit more quality in the centre of the park.

    We can’t rely on getting two opposition players sent off every game and I really can’t say we would have won without that.

    Defence was OK. Evans looked a bit shaky. And we know already that Rafael while great going forward can get caught out defensively Quality player but I have questions about his temperament.

  5. AS

    October 28, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Apparently Chelsea’s complaint about Clattenburg was in part due to a racial slur to Mikel. Can of worms, because Mikel is just the sort of player to make it up.

  6. jack

    October 29, 2012 at 12:21 am

    No offense, but that’s a horrendous title. It reads like Heroic boxer K.O.’s pneumonia-inflicted opponent. WTF, LOL.

  7. Redrich

    October 29, 2012 at 12:45 am

    It took 10 years of terrible refereeing for it to finally sway in our favor – and so in the end, thank god for terrible refereeing!

    Pretty dire final 15-20 mins of the first half when we were completely overrun. Lots of individual reasons but the main one was our inability to clear our lines effectively. Cleverly seemed confused to me – that and the truly awful performance of Young, was the main reason we gave the ball away so often, but the shrinking away from our attacking strengths and trying to put 11 men behind the ball, was clearly another.

    RVP is royalty and can soon be coronated as the New King if he keeps this up. This guy is like a magic potion – sprinkle a little here and a little there and he’ll make all our ills go away and then make us all think that all is well within our Red world.
    He could be pulling the wool over our eyes but I don’t care a bit. United have always had that one very special player that pulls us away from mob and he is the that one. Not only his own performance but it raises that of others as well.
    Rooney seems like a new man since RVP’s arrival and that alone is a wonderful side affect, but eventually his excellence will drag the rest of this motley crew out of their doldrums. The table is set for better times – lets hope he doesn’t get hurt.

  8. The_Philosopher

    October 29, 2012 at 7:21 am

    I got mixed feelings about the game yesterday. I’m glad we won but I would preffered to have beaten Chelsea because we out played them and not because we got lucky.

    This game was our first real test of the season and we failed in my opinion. If we don’t improve I’m affraid to see what city will do to us. Or Arsenal for that matter.

    If it wasn’t for those two red cards they would have beaten us. Thats concerning. It means we can’t beat Chelsea at the moment. But at least the three points will give us a boost and hopefully we’ll go on a bit of a run now.

    We saw Rooney play as a box-to-box player yesterday. I have been saying that that should be his new position so that Welbeck and Chicha can get some more game time. And I think that Rooney is a MUCH better option in central midfield than Ryan Giggs. Anderson also needs a run…

    But I think we actually just need to buy a quality midfielder. And I don’t know why Ferguson didn’t bring Scholes on when they were running rings around us at the beggining of the second half. 😯 We needed him to restore calm and control again. Our central midfield continues to hold us back in these big games against the likes of Chelsea, City, Real and Barca.

    Young was a bit of a liability at times. I think we might need to get a proper left winger as well. Gareth Bale is the kind of player I have in mind. Imagine that.

    RVP played like a boss. He always plays well. He has so much quality. He scores, he assists, he leads. He’s worth every penny. If he stays fit and carries on contributing like he does throughout the season. I would say that 24m was a bargain price for him.

    We’re back at the Bridge on Wednesday night. I would like to see the boys beat Chelsea properly then.

    And when they come to Old Trafford later we have to set the record straight without refereeing coming into the equation

  9. charlly0077

    October 29, 2012 at 11:25 am

    For how long are we going to be getting this kind of bullshit officiating from shit head Referees like Shit – ttenburg ? Things should never be allow to be going on like this forever.Everytime we play MAN U,the officiating is always bias.Why ?

    Chelseafc need to do something about this.Thank God,i just read from another site that Chelseafc had lodged a complaint against Shit – ttenburg.I hope something good come out of that.This kind of referee needs to be thoroughly dealt with and made an example for others.

    This kind of shit officiating happened last season too.Oh,i can’t bear this anymore.If i am one of Chelseafc player in that match,i would have given the shit referee the beating of his life.I don’t care,the worst that will happen is for both club to fine and ban me for some matches.But i know lot of people will support me and other referees will be more careful when they are officiating Chelseafc VS Manure.

    Man U itself is a rubbish club,always relying on the help from shit referees.I am sure the day they are going to be put to a big shame is coming.I hate that club.

    England FA are nothing but shithead.They are all seeing what is happening with Man matches and they never saw or noticed anything wrong doings.What a fuck association !

    As for Torres,i always mention it here,the guy needs to be sold.He is not fit to wear Chelseafc shit.Putting him on the field is not helping the team plan.Sturridge can still do better than him.

    His sending off is one of the worst officiating i do ever seen.Even though he went down too easily but there was a contact between him and that shit Man u player.The Referee if he wasn’t sure should have wave play on instead of giving him red card.Even Rooney deserve a red card but he did nothing with that.

    I expect Torres to have known by now that,referees are targeting him,whenever he goes down,he will be booked whether he was fouled or not. He need to stop going down too easily.Even if fouled should never wait for any shit referee to blow his whistle for that before he gets up or act as if he is not fouled.

    Yesterday was another worst day as a Chelseafc fan.Thank God,Roman Abramovich watched the match.He will know for sure that,that shit referee cost us the match and his 50 Million Pounds player is a complete waste.It is time they find a way to stop this shit officiating.

    I am praying that,the shit clattenburg will be put to a big shame in future for costing us this match.I checked the referee and noticed that,it won’t be Web,not knowing that he is another worst referee.

    Shame on Clattenburg,shame on England FA,shame on entire Man U shitheads.God above will judge you all and put you all to a big shame.

    I wish someone had a gun and shot that shit referee and teach others a big lesson.You can’t come to the bridge and rob us.They should never be allowed to walk out free.

    A ten years history broken.I hate all these.

    Man U,you are no team at all.No wonder,you have never beaten Barca in an official match because what you rely upon can’t work or be used against them.

    Group of fuck and shit heads.

    • Ian

      October 29, 2012 at 11:45 am

      #classicpost

      🙂 🙂

    • Racs

      October 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      @charlly0077:

      awwwwww, BOO HOO

      We have never beaten Barca in an official match? Just so you know, we knocked them out of the champions league at the semi final stage when we won it in 2008 beating you lot, the final were JOHN TERRY bottled it at the penalty shoot out!

    • gator

      October 29, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      @charlly0077: cry now rentboy hahaha

      so you have just started watching footie man? you miss the past few years when your scum raped titles away from us with shit calls???

      what call would you bring back chichas goal? as if we didnt play keepball after it and could have went after another if needed.

      would you bring back the shehe? he went down like… well ill be nice. diving must be stopped and the refs are on the right track giving yellows. if he didnt think he was karate kid in the first half he would have just been an embarrassment to your club and not seen red. you either like diving or it was the right call.

      get over it you lot got called on your bullshit ways finally. go now and take your backhand from your russian pimp. 😳

    • RedUnited

      October 30, 2012 at 4:41 am

      @charlly0077: Buddy.. i tried reading your comment several times but what i could just read was Chelsea and shit and then torres and then shit… its either your love for the ‘SHIT’ that is displayed in this comment or you have finally realised that your club is ‘SHIT’.. please clarify…. 😛 😛

    • The_Philosopher

      October 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      @charlly0077:
      Branislav tripped Young. Young dived there after sure. And should have gotten a yellow for that also. 1 Bad call by the ref against Chelsea.

      Branislav stopped a clear goal scoring opportunity albeit unintentionally. It was a harsh call but according to the letter of the law it was the right call. So he got a red card. 1 Fair but harsh call by the ref.

      Torres dived after minimal contact just like Young did and got a second yellow card for his efforts. It was a fair but harsh call. Diving is wrong.

      It is unfair, however, that Torres got punished especially after Young also dramatised the contact made on him by Ivanovic. 1 point to the “Biased Ref” group.

      The call to give Torres a yellow is fine on its own. It is right even. But in the context of Young’s earlier theatrics it is completely unfair.

      Chicharito was in an offsides position when the ball was dispatched by Rafael. How many times have officials gotten this one wrong through out the history of football. Both genuine goals incorrectly disallowed for alleged offside and dubious goals incorrectly allowed to stand when they were clearly offside. It happens. Unfortunately for Chelsea it happened amidst a cloud of controversy. 1 Normal mistake at the wrong time.

      In conclusion. Chelsea were hard done by. The ref didn’t get it entirely correct. But he isn’t in the pay of United. He’s just a another human ref who got it wrong. And that- getting it wrong- happens all the time.

      • Sahal

        October 31, 2012 at 4:14 pm

        @The_Philosopher: how do you manage to dive after being tripped? Nevermind,I’ll ask Fernando 😉

  10. Sahal

    October 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Great post yet again.Glad no mention of Chelsea fans in the article,they really irritate the shit out of me.They are some decent fans but they are few and far between.

    Tom Cleverley really had a game to forget.EIGHT misplaced passes in the first half,you really can’t afford that against a team like Chelsea.He puts in a decent shift against Newcastle,and then played some class balls against Braga.But what’s the point if he can only do it against Braga and San Marino?I have a lot of faith in him but he’s gotta up his game and be consistent.
    RVP showed what a class layer he is,under so much pressure he finds one moment to set Young through and change the game.
    Roll on Wednesday…

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