Four classic victories at Stamford Bridge
Manchester United head to Stamford Bridge on Monday night looking for a third consecutive away win against Chelsea.
Remarkably, our last four victories on Chelsea's turf have all come in different competitions…
Chelsea 0-1 United: 6 April 2011
After overcoming French champions Marseille in the previous round, we travelled to the Bridge for the first leg of our Champions League quarter-final tie. United went into the game with off the back of three straight Premier League wins and continued this fine form against Carlo Ancelotti’s side. Wayne Rooney’s 24th-minute goal ensured our victory as Sir Alex Ferguson’s men took control of the tie. A 2-1 win at Old Trafford six days later, courtesy of strikes from Javier Hernandez and Ji-Sung Park, meant we progressed to the last four, where we eliminated German outfit, Schalke. United would go on to reach the final of the competition that season, as well as wrestling the Premier League title back from Chelsea.
The Reds closed the gap on league-leaders Chelsea to just one point with a thrilling victory in the capital. Going into the encounter, the Blues had triumphed in seven of their opening eight Premier League matches, with a 100 per cent record at Stamford Bridge. But Roberto Di Matteo’s side were two goals down inside 12 first-half minutes thanks to David Luiz’s own goal and a strike from Robin van Persie. Chelsea fought back to level the match before the hour-mark but were reduced to nine men in the space of six minutes, after Fernando Torres and Branislav Ivanovic were both shown red cards. The Reds took full advantage when Hernandez scored 15 minutes from time, to hand us all three points. That victory would be a pivotal moment in United’s season, as we went on to win our 20th league title.
Seven years later, we travelled to Stamford Bridge for a fifth-round Emirates FA Cup tie. After beating Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the last round, the Reds would go on to record another impressive victory in London. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was still caretaker boss then, and was enjoying a run of 10 wins from his opening 12 games in the dugout. United were on our way to the last eight when Ander Herrera headed home after 31 minutes. Paul Pogba doubled our lead just before the break with another fantastic header from Marcus Rashford’s pinpoint delivery. The Reds put in an assured second-half performance against Maurizio Sarri’s team to set up a quarter-final tie with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Following from from our 4-0 win over the Blues on the opening day of the Premier League season, Ole recorded his third victory in four games against Chelsea. The boss named a strong side for our Carabao Cup fourth-round clash and it paid off as we recorded our third away win in a row. The Reds went ahead in the opening period after Marcus Rashford netted from the spot, before Michy Batshuayi put Chelsea on level terms just after the hour-mark. It took another set-piece from Rashford to settle the game: this time the England international bagged a sensational free-kick from all of 30 yards, that left Willy Caballero helpless in the opposition goal. It was also Marcus’s fourth goal of the season against the Blues and secured back-to-back wins at the Bridge for the first time since 1998.
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