Man Utd claim controversial win

2012-10-28 20:08

London - Javier Hernandez's controversial winning goal gave Manchester United a dramatic 3-2 victory against nine-man Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The result ensured Alex Ferguson's side reduced the gap on Roberto Di Matteo's English Premier League leaders to just one point, but the Blues were left fuming at the performance of referee Mark Clattenburg.

Chelsea had recovered from falling behind to a David Luiz own goal and a Robin van Persie strike to level through goals from Juan Mata and Ramires when Branislav Ivanovic was sent off for a 63rd-minute foul on Ashley Young.

More contentious, though, was the second yellow card shown to Fernando Torres five minutes later, after the referee had decided the striker dived following a challenge by Jonny Evans.

Replays suggested there had been contact between the two players and the decision sparked fury on the Chelsea bench that led to a touchline altercation between Ferguson and Di Matteo's staff.

Worse was to come for the home side, with substitute Hernandez clinching victory in the 75th minute with a close-range finish from what appeared to be an offside position.

The events of the final half hour ensured the match ended in controversy but before that it had already been a thrilling encounter.

The pre-match handshake between Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Cole, together with the absence of John Terry -- who is serving a four-match ban for racially abusing Ferdinand's brother, Anton -- removed a potential flashpoint.

But the subsequent 90 minutes more than made up for it.

It was United who started the game with the greater urgency and were clearly driven by the motivation to keep Di Matteo's side within their sights at the head of the table.

While United quickly got into their stride, attacking fluently down their right-hand flank, Chelsea's defence looked disjointed and nervous, and the absence of Terry was telling.

Petr Cech was called into action after less than three minutes when van Persie drilled in a stinging left-foot shot from outside the area.

But the home goalkeeper had no chance of preventing United taking the lead 60 seconds later after Wayne Rooney had worked his way to the byline and pulled back for van Persie, whose shot crashed off the post and into the net via the back of Luiz.

The second came just eight minutes later after another lightning move down the United right.

Goalkeeper David De Gea started the move by rolling the ball out to Ferdinand and it ended with van Persie sweeping the ball home from Antonio Valencia's low cross.

Chelsea looked in desperate trouble, while United were rampant.

Slowly, though, the home side worked their way back into the game and when they were finally able to play to their strengths in the attacking third, the momentum of the game shifted dramatically.

Suddenly it was De Gea who was the busier of the two keepers and the young Spaniard kept his side in it before Mata eventually halved the deficit shortly before the interval.

Rooney fouled Eden Hazard on the edge of the United area, allowing Mata to curl a precise free-kick around the wall and beyond the reach of De Gea.

Di Matteo's side continued where they had left off after the break and were level eight minutes into the second period when Ramires headed home from Oscar's cross.

At that point the game was perfectly poised, before an incident-packed five-minute spell left Chelsea with nine men and United poised for victory.

Ivanovic was first to see red in the 63rd minute when he tripped Young as the United winger was bearing down on goal after being played in by van Persie.

And when Torres followed five minutes later, it was always going to be an enormous task for Chelsea to hold on.

But their sense of injustice was further fuelled by Hernandez's strike after the Mexico forward turned home Rafael's drilled cross.


  • dok.mars - 2012-10-28 20:12

    After the game someone asked the question of who was the better MU player... Van Persie or the Ref?

      paul.botha.967 - 2012-10-28 20:30

      Sour grapes put it in your pipes and smoke it!

      derrick.pentz.5 - 2012-10-28 20:34

      EPL is more like the Monty Python Show- Liverpool denied a perfectly good goal, Torres red carded for being fouled, Chicarito goal off side- I didn't say it, this was a referee on the panel afterwards- if it wasn't so pathetic it would make a great comedy

      gunner.zn.5 - 2012-10-28 21:09

      Derrick, u forgot to mention that Suarez should not of been on the pitch,worked out fair result for that game.Chelsea game was shocking, but as usual Fergie will support the ref if it favours his team. Refs jobs are difficult but with managers like Fergie supporting such ludicrous decisions, just makes u wonder??

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-28 21:11

      That win for Manchester United means that no team currently has a better win record against them in the history of the Premier League Era(from 1992-).Chelsea before this game was the last Premiership team to hold a better win record against United as suppose to losing against Man U.Now its 13 wins and 13 loses for Chelsea against United.What a team Man U is,they just never give up do they?

      thando.gqabaza - 2012-10-29 07:38

      Man Utd have been buying off the refs for years.

  • paul.botha.967 - 2012-10-28 20:22

    Well played man u !

      jameel.patel.39 - 2012-10-28 20:54

      If a referral system is not implemented, such results will always plague us and favor Man U

  • renard.souza - 2012-10-28 20:27

    Dock.mars who cares build a bridge and get over it sunny!!

  • jacob.molife - 2012-10-28 20:52

    These English referees are well paid for baby-sitting Ferguson.

  • michael.c.georgopoulos - 2012-10-28 20:52

    It does not surprize me at all. It's the only way that they can beat us., and thats with nine men.I rest my case

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-10-28 20:55

    They can never win against Chelsea fairly! Chelsea til I die: )

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-28 21:14

      Chelsea play too open football and they'll get punished for it when coming up against better teams.

  • allan.mccabe - 2012-10-28 20:59

    CORRUPTION! Week in and week out we always see dubious decisions going in favor of united. Actually there is no need to watch, we know the result beforehand.

  • Doorboot - 2012-10-28 21:09

    The ref is a disgrace! Manyoo supporters show some class and own up to the fact you got handed the game. It is rubbish like this that kills the game. The only good thing is that Chelsea ( the CL champions) are still on top. So put that in your pipe and smoke it empty cabinet supporters.

  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-10-28 21:28

    Man United won 3:2. Hahaha. So Chelsea supporters go and complain to someone who cares. Buy better players or bring back The Special One...

      michael.c.georgopoulos - 2012-10-28 23:00

      The ref was the special one!!!

      sandor.l.varga - 2012-10-29 05:25

      To Michael: I did like a ref decisions... He might be a Man U supporter??? We never will find out... Lol

      colingkearns - 2012-10-29 20:04

      Sandor you're a crab crawling out of Sir Alex's starfish.

  • - 2012-10-28 21:36

    The match should have been more honourable if the referee was wearing red!

  • Mlungisi Mazibuko - 2012-10-28 21:41

    ohh please give us a break, which team has never benefited from referee bad decisions?..yes the third MU goal was offside but referees make mistake, i for one didn't see any off side until the chelsea fans, shut up, you lost, MU won and by they way, who said chelsea will win the league?

  • vernand.sharper.3 - 2012-10-28 21:50

    Pay back is a biatch hey!!!!! Its about time some of the calls go our way . Well done united great game!!! As for all the pensioners team supporters suck on it in the past we had to endure bad calls against us when we played chelsea\r\n, 1 example would be all the goals drogba scored against man united 95 percent of them were offsides so be it the wheel turns hey!!!

  • Neal Sing - 2012-10-28 22:02

    What do the United supporters have to be proud of.Any normal person could see an injustice being done,but we forget that the United supporters are NOT normal people but .........!

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-10-28 22:09

    How the hell was Torres still on after he bruce lee'd cleverly?

  • tebogo.masingi - 2012-10-28 22:12

    The same FT9 who was red carded today scored an off-side goal against Reading this season,well i guess karma is a bitch and for Suares disallowed goal, that was just sign that no bad deeds goes unpunished cos that cheat and racist diver was supposed to be red carded for a foul on Distin,so liverpooooo supporters just loosen up a lil bit,cos u r still walking alone.

  • mdandrease - 2012-10-29 00:11

    Oh well stupid man u fans we still top

  • khanyisa.jamjam - 2012-10-29 03:55

    Torres had a delayed reaction to Evans foul and the ref only has one chance to give it or see it as simulation. Offside goal yes, but I'm sure Chelsea have benefited from such in the past. As a neutral I feel it should have ended as a 2 all draw.. But United take the 3 points and that's all she wrote.

  • jaco.v.walt.7 - 2012-10-29 05:48

    Chicarito's goal was offside yes, but Chelsea are the masters of offside goals! Torres against Reading, Drogba against us twice! The wheel turns. I didn't hear Chelsea supporters complain when those goals went in?

      fiona.ursula - 2012-10-29 09:53

      Exactly, the wheels turn.

  • mdu.s.khumalo - 2012-10-29 05:51

    That referee...

  • phillip.andy.7 - 2012-10-29 06:22

    it wl take something special 4 chelsea to get over this , i predict chelsea wl struggle on the road

  • jay.vyas.984 - 2012-10-29 07:30

    It took Man United : 2 x Red Cards 1 x Own Goal 1 x Off Side Goal 1 x Very Lucky Jonny Evans 1 x Clattenberg Ref wearing an AON Shirt To Beat Chelsea!! Remove their "Cheque Book Factor" called van Persie... and then judge them this season. I Rest My Case! BTW, Do Not Buy an e-Tag! Ever!

      jaco.v.walt.7 - 2012-10-29 08:46

      Cheque Book Factor? Pot calling kettle black? Torres - 50m pounds Hazard - 32m pounds Oscar - 25m pounds That's very rich coming from a Chelsea fan. I do agree that Chicarito's goal was offside, but Ivanovic's red was justified and Torres should have seen red for his first half Bruce Lee kick on Cleverly. A draw would have been a fair result. Chelsea has had their fair share of offside goals as well. Against Reading this season and Drogba's goals against us a few back. What comes arounf, goes around. Chelsea needs to pull together otherwise the wheels just might come off... Still, they got the quality to seriously challenge this year.

      eden.vanderwiel - 2012-10-30 13:58

      Jaco and how about your two offside goals against us at old traford last season when we lost 3-1?

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-10-29 07:59

    Excellent win by Utd. Keeps things tight at the top. Really, any one of 3 or 4 teams could win the league, and it remains the best league in the world. As for the ref's mistakes, these generally even out over time. But until such time that that arch-prick Blatter does something constructive about introducing technology, it is pointless criticising anyone. I look at replays 3 or 4 times before I spot infringements. How on earth are refs supposed to get it right in one go at real-time speed, with players in his line of vision and the highly-charged atmosphere in these stadiums? Bad luck Chelsea - but your breaks will come in time.

      eden.vanderwiel - 2012-10-29 08:23

      Excellent win? Did you watch the game

  • dor.narf - 2012-10-29 09:27

    nando went down like a got hit by a bus ...glad he got sent off cause players must learn to stay on there feet if they can!! as for offside goal ,drogba scored many winners from 5meters offside against united ,so glad utd had some luck so suck it up ...what goes around comes around for buying ref's ..u really cant be that stupid..can you??...lmao

  • nathi.dlakavu - 2012-10-29 09:40

    I would be deeply disappointed if Chelsea won any game in that manner, i'd burry my head in shame!!!!

      lucien.langenhoven - 2012-10-30 10:31

      So I take that you were really disappointed in 2008/2009 season when Drogba scored 4 clear offside goals in seperate matches that got Chelsea 3 points for all 4 of that games. Not counting the numerous non given yellow cards on JT's unsporting tackles that should have seen him being sent off many times. Karma is a biatch!!! As for your dissappointments, I think they really deep and you suffering from that for years now...

  • claude.jacobs2 - 2012-10-29 10:09

    Please get tv ref

  • tumelo.theka - 2012-10-29 10:18

    that was a favor by a mad referee , he can't take good decisions and doesn't use brains, and it will be so pathetic if Man United and their fans celebrate that victory

  • olwethu.o.jama - 2012-10-29 11:06

    sorry Chelsea you desrved something from the game, but we still marchin on and on

  • nwafor.stephen1 - 2012-10-29 12:55

    Why must Chelsea fans complain?Didn't they benefit from the act last season?What goes around comes around!

  • phindile.zina - 2012-10-29 13:24

    That was the worst referee I've ever seen...I just wanna single-out Fernando Torre's incident where he got a red-card that should've gone to a defender who fouled him, the referee claiming that he took a dive. The Blues, were robbed!

  • Krinesh - 2012-10-29 14:25

    Referee was a shocker! Bad luck to Chelsea however United had been the better team from kick off, Chelsea had moments. Mata and Hazard hats off to you what brilliant players!! And the reds go marching on, on, on!!

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