Chelsea   3

Evans (OG 36), Mata (46), Luiz (51)

Man United   3

Rooney (58, 70), Hernandez (84)

5 FEBRUARY 2012, STAMFORD BRIDGE Attendance: 41,668

Home

Away

Chelsea
1Cech
2Ivanovicyellow card
24Cahill
4Luizgoal
19Bosingwa
16Meireles
15Malouda
15Essien
15Sturridgesub6
9Torresyellow card
10Matagoal
Subs:
22Turnbull
6Romeusub15
18Lukaku
19Ferreira
41Hutchinson
34Bertrand
35Piazon
Man United
1De Gea
2Rafaelsub22
6Evansgoal
5Ferdinand
3Evra
7Valencia
16Carrick
11Giggs
18Youngsub14
10Rooneygoalgoal
19Welbecksub7
Subs:
40Amos
9Berbatov
7Parksub19
14Hernandezsub18goal
20Fabio
22Scholessub2
42Pogba

Report

Teams

05/02/2012 18:02, Report by Steve Bartram
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Raul Meireles drilled the game's first effort of note into De Gea's side-netting after United had failed to clear a corner, but the visitors were soon up in arms when Danny Welbeck was sent tumbling by Gary Cahill on the edge of the Chelsea area, only for referee Howard Webb to wave away the appeals.

Frustration and carelessness reigned for both sides in the opening half-hour, as possession was traded and promising openings were squandered with abandon. The Reds' clearest sight of goal came as Michael Carrick released Rooney down the right, but Branislav Ivanovic slid in to nick the ball to safety before Welbeck could tap in a simple conversion.

Fittingly, the game's opening goal was far from easy on the eye. Daniel Sturridge was allowed to pick his way to the byline on the Chelsea right, deep inside the United area. As the ex-Manchester City striker jabbed a cross into a crowded six yard box from point-blank range, De Gea flicked out a boot, but only diverted the ball against the helpless Evans, off whom it ricocheted into the unguarded goal.

As Stamford Bridge's home support revelled in a surprise lead, Sturridge immediately drew a full-length save from De Gea with a stinging drive. The remainder of the half, however, belonged to United. A curling effort from Young, a snapshot from Welbeck and a long-range rasper from Rooney all forced Cech into scurrying saves, but the absence of tangible reward for greater promise characterised the Reds' first half.

Hopes of a comeback were seemingly dashed, however, within five minutes of the restart. Chelsea's first foray forward culminated in Fernando Torres being given time to pick out a target from the right, and his deep cross fell perfectly for Mata to lash a brilliant volley into the roof of De Gea's

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