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Matchday at Old Trafford

Our editorial team provide regular updates from OT. Join in on the Talking Reds thread .

Sunday 18 September

19:00 We can confirm Chris Smalling left the pitch because of a slight groin injury. The boss said it was too early to put a timeframe on how long he'll be out but Chris will be assessed during the week. (NC)

18:29 Sir Alex has delivered his post-match verdict on TV. I'll paraphrase his main points as follows: "It was a fantastic football match, especially for the neutrals. Nani's finish was unbelievable and Phil Jones' determination won us the goal scored by Wayne Rooney. Some of our football was very good but we created our own problems by being careless at times. David De Gea made an excellent save from Ramires, the boy's very quick. Ashley Cole's challenge on Javier Hernandez was absolutely shocking. His leg's very numb and he could be out for a couple of weeks. We'll see in the morning. I'm not bothered that Wayne didn't score a hat-trick. We won and we're happy with that."

18:19 Nani and Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas have both given post-match interviews to live broadcaster Sky Sports. The United winger was naturally pleased with the outcome and his "beautiful goal" on the occasion of his 100th league appearance for the Reds. The Blues manager described the cracking contest as a "strange game, very open" and rued the missed opportunities and some bad breaks for his side. He's happy with the way his team responded after suffering against "United's scoring spree" in the first half.

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