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19/01/2014 18:53, Report by Tim Oscroft
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The Match: Bridge too far

relentlessness to help in a swift return to winning ways.

Sub-plots Januzaj and Welbeck battled valiantly where Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie would have played if fully fit. They acquitted themselves well, but Welbeck will rue the great opportunity he put at Cech with United only one goal down.

Opposition At 1-0, Jose Mourinho was probably not the happier of the two managers, his side having taken a while to get out of the blocks until Eto'o's opener. But 2-0 put a different complexion on things, and with Stamford Bridge rocking after the resumption in the second half, the third goal gave the hosts breathing space.

Move of the Match Januzaj showed great strength, and strength of character, to shake off the ever-present physical threat from David Luiz to centre the ball from the left byline in the first half, but sadly there was no-one there to finish it off.

In the Stands The familiar "Sit down Mourinho" chant came from United's fans early on as the Blues boss prowled the technical area in front of the dugout. Jose, ever charismatic, turned towards the Shed End, smiled, waved and gave the Red army cheery thumbs up. Elsewhere, as has become customary in these fixtures, John Terry's name was sung more by United fans than Chelsea's. Even though he was on the winning side today, they still won't let him forget that penalty miss in Moscow. The United fans, as they have been all season away, were vocal throughout regardless of the final outcome.

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