Man United   3

Smalling (8), Nani (37), Rooney (45)

Chelsea   1

Torres (46)

18 September 2011 Old Trafford | Attendance: 75,455

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1De Gea
12Smallinggoalsub7
4Jones
6Evans
3Evra
17Nanigoal
24Fletcheryellow card
8Andersonsub16
18Young
10Rooneygoal
14Hernandezsub9
Subs:
13Lindegaard
9Berbatovsub14
16Carricksub8
20Fabio
11Giggs
7Park
7Valenciasub12yellow card
Chelsea
1Cech
19Bosingwa
2Ivanovic
26Terryyellow card
3Coleyellow card
7Ramiresyellow card
16Meirelessub12
8Lampardsub39
15Sturridgesub18
9Torresgoal
10Mata
Subs:
22Turnbull
39Anelkasub8
4Luiz
18Lukakusub15
15Malouda
12Mikel Obisub16

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18/09/2011 18:00, Report by Adam Marshall
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United 3 Chelsea 1

Th

e champions beat Chelsea 3-1 thanks to goals from Chris Smalling, Nani and Wayne Rooney in an action-packed clash at Old Trafford. Although Fernando Torries replied for the Londoners at the start of the second half, his dreadful late miss only added to the ecstatic mood around the ground.

Sir Alex's side could even afford a missed penalty from Rooney and several spurned chances en route to a fifth straight victory in the Barclays Premier League to go two points clear at the top of the table.

United were slower into stride than in this fixture last term, and yet still led after only eight minutes. David De Gea had been called into drastic action to kick away a Ramires shot early on but the opener soon arrived, in front of the Stretford End.

Ashley Young was fouled and swung the free-kick over for Smalling to bury an unstoppable header for his first league goal for the Reds. Replays showed the defender may have been marginally offside and the goal provoked a decent response from the visitors. When Anderson passed the ball straight to the Spaniard, Old Trafford held its breath but the £50million man dragged his shot wastefully wide of the far post.

De Gea caught a Bransilav Ivanovic header and saw Frank Lampard lash wide, after the England international midfielder rightly escaped a handball shout inside his own area. There was an almighty let-off on 26 minutes when Torres was onside and in the clear but squared the ball. Ramires stretched to force a wonderful, improbable stop from De Gea with Daniel Sturridge waiting behind for a simple tap-in.

The Reds no.1 gathered the resulting corner at the second attempt and also kept out an unmarked Sturridge while Torres sent an unconvincing overhead

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