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Man Utd back from the dead

2012-02-05 20:07

London - Manchester United staged a stunning fightback from three goals down as Javier Hernandez's late equaliser rescued a dramatic 3-3 draw against Chelsea in one of the games of the season at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Alex Ferguson's team seemed to be heading for a heavy defeat as an own goal from United defender Jonny Evans gave Chelsea the lead late in the first half before Juan Mata and David Luiz added further goals for the Blues soon after the interval.

But Wayne Rooney finally sparked United into life with two penalties midway through the second half and the champions' frenzied pressure was rewarded when Mexican striker Hernandez headed home from a Ryan Giggs cross with six minutes left.

The draw leaves second-placed United two points behind leaders Manchester City, but the manner of their remarkable revival should provide a massive confidence boost as they try to overhaul their local rivals.

Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge was the catalyst as his side took the lead in the 36th minute. His neat piece of skill took him past Patrice Evra on the left side of the United penalty area and he drove in a low cross that clipped David de Gea's foot before deflecting off Evans into the unguarded goal.

United were further behind just 30 seconds after half-time when Fernando Torres whipped a cross to the far post for Spanish winger Mata to lash a sublime volley past de Gea.

Chelsea struck again five minutes later when Mata's teasing free-kick was met by Luiz and the Brazilian defender's header glanced in off Rio Ferdinand's shoulder.

Rooney gave United a lifeline when he drove home a penalty after Webb ruled that Sturridge's 58th minute challenge on Evra was worthy of a spot-kick.

And England striker Rooney struck from the spot again 11 minutes later when Danny Welbeck tumbled over Branislav Ivanovic's out-stretched leg.

Suddenly United were rampant and Hernandez came off the bench to cap their comeback with a clinical close-range header from Giggs's cross in the 84th minute.

AFP

Comments
  • kuwanda.james - 2012-02-05 20:41

    Why did Howard Webb give two penalties? Because he is a man utd ref. Remember wenThiery Henry scored against leeds in the F cup tie he ""this is my first goal fro Arsenal as a supporter". I am sure Howard Webb should say "this is my first point for Man Utd as supporter". Those were the worst penalty decisions i have ever seen and if those were given against Man Utd i am telling we wil not hear the end of it from Fergie. Anyway it was a good game and a good result for us the Gooners!!!

      Shivaskar - 2012-02-06 07:56

      Welbeck, Evra and Young are the new divers who were mentored by Nani. SAF never complains about Howard Webb because he always favours them and he wants him to referee often in big games. Good they lost two points. But Torres, I don't get, he has lost everything that made him such a deadly striker. Also it wasn't a stunning comeback when the true score reads Chel 3: Webb 2, Man U 1!

      Sean - 2012-02-07 20:36

      Bla bla bla bla ! Bunch of sour c........ !! Well done United , that`s why you won 19 titles !!

  • Deon - 2012-02-05 21:14

    Howard Webb killed the game. Was the worst performance but those were penalties yes they were soft but they were fouls and were quite rightly given. Watch those calls in true speed and they don't look quite so bad. What about the foul/penalty on Welbeck in the first half that wasn't given. Chelsea simply threw it away. A great goal from Mata. But my not give credit were it is due. how many teams would keep fighting at 3-0 down with 35 mins to go.

      Gunner - 2012-02-06 15:28

      So how did he spoil the game if you agree with the penalties?

      Deon - 2012-02-06 20:43

      Funny how everyone on here is commenting on the penalties, like there team have never "won" a penalty before.

  • Ken - 2012-02-05 23:47

    F#ck!t, don't you just hate MU, lucky bastards! Up the Gunners!!!!

      Sean - 2012-02-07 20:38

      Lol , another sour imbecile !!!!!

  • kenneth.endres2 - 2012-02-06 06:16

    The reason why Boas has not commented about penalties is that he knows they were fouls so he has kept his mouth shut rather than make a fool of himself.Remember last season Chelsea one penalty for diving one off side goal by Drogba.Kuwanda get a life man you are just like your coach bla bla

      Shivaskar - 2012-02-06 08:00

      AVB is useless. The British will say he is young, is still learning about the realities of the BPL, needs more time.....all bull excuses. Simply put, Chelsea play like they have no midfield, it is a farcry from the way they played in the days of Mourinho or Ancelotti.

  • Howie - 2012-02-06 07:50

    Howard Webb........... need i say more!!!!!

      Warrick - 2012-02-06 15:26

      The Bryce Lawrence of football!

  • Bob - 2012-02-06 08:24

    Once again Howard Webb was the scums most influential midfielder, no wonder Fergie refuses to listen to offers for him.

      Jason - 2012-02-07 09:30

      once again Bob you write complete rubbish... but your comments are pretty damn funny so keep them coming! two thumbs up! Tight game and a hard fight back from United, showed determination.

      Gerald - 2012-02-10 11:18

      BOB I am sure that you surname is Martins Did you realise that scum as you call Man U is actually Man Utd Champion Soccerstars

  • Jody - 2012-02-06 08:33

    No worries , Manchester will be BLUE at end of season. Go Cityyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

      Bob - 2012-02-06 10:53

      Never been a City fan Jody but if it remains a two horse race you have my support, can't see a side as bad as the manure securing a 20th title, even with Webb in midfield.

      Christopher - 2012-02-07 15:41

      @ Bob : that's what the scousers said when we won our 17th title ;) and we came back :) @ Jody : bet you're a Scouser too cos that all they EVER spew. lol

  • Phila - 2012-02-06 08:57

    great cross from torres, soperb finish by mata. Ole Man UTD.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-02-06 11:05

    Howard Webb got it all wrong. Two unnecessary yellow cards either way and the penalties!!! As for News 24's write up, PATHETIC,the writer thereof is biased and pro MU, he makes them and Howard Webb look good, when in reality, Chelsea were cheated.For the day, I was hoping for MU to win but NOT at the expense of Chelsea being cheated. NEVER WALK ALONE.

  • Sharmilen - 2012-02-06 11:23

    All of you that complain that about these decisions should apply to FIFA and the English FA to become Referees and Referees Assistants.............seeing that from the comfort of your living room and sports bar you can see the replays over and over. ManU have been at the end of some disastrous decisions in the past and yes SAF will let the Ref know how her feels even if it means him being fined, banned from the touchline. That is just the way he is...........every team gets decisions that against them...face it, it's the nature of the game without the Refs having to refer to a TV ref for every "dicey" decision. If this rule comes into play.............imagine who will be sitting on top of the table!!!!!! Bottom line here is that Man Utd are still in it even if they lost against Chelsea yesterday............THEY ARE STILL IN THE RACE!!!

      Christopher - 2012-02-07 15:43

      well said. GGMU!!!

  • Lu - 2012-02-06 12:55

    I really dont understand ppl mourning abt those penalties because contact was observed by ref within the penalty area and he awarded the penalty as per the book. It become diff story wen you look at it on slow motion over and again. This is modern game where players become mentally fit to know wen to how to get results, i mean if your interpretation is based on contact in order to get penalty then clever players will always look for contact to get penalties. Which in my opinion Man Utd players did it and rightly so.Game is about taking chances. Glory Man Utd Glory

      Bob - 2012-02-06 14:07

      Lu, you are a typical Scum Utd supporter, you don't care how you cheat just as long as you get the result, Glory Glory my a$$.

      Byron - 2012-02-06 17:04

      Bob, u biased pri@k, you forgot how Loser scumbag pool came second a few years ago. The penalties and sendings off that went their way. Still were useless to win the league. Knocked off their perch :-))

      Deon - 2012-02-06 20:48

      Bob, i really do admire your support for your team but your also one of the most people around. Never heard you complaining when Stevie G went down in Istanbul or when Charlie Adam took a "tumble" at Anfield in October against United. Both of those were no different. So i can't see how one can come online and slate United for it when your beloved team are none better.

      Deon - 2012-02-06 20:53

      Go Youtube Steven Gerrard, the hypocrite.

      Christopher - 2012-02-07 15:48

      Bob, Bob, Bob.....we know it hurts but we've got news for you. IT AIN'T OVER YET. Just love it when the Scousers spew utter rubbish and accuse Man U of all sorts of atrocities. GGMU!!!

      Barrie - 2012-02-07 17:01

      United, United... Second biggest club in Manchester!! All this Glory Glory, sound like you beat Chelsea. We will see MANUre do against us on Saturday, FA Cup ring any bells?

  • Sharmilen - 2012-02-06 15:02

    It's really nice to know that when Man Utd win, everybody talks about how bad the opposition played...........when Man Utd lose...........they talk about how good the other teams are..............when Man Utd draw...........how the referee made mistakes that earned Man Utd the draw...........the commonality...............we are talk of the town!!!!!! Love it when we make the news and get everybody all worked up!!!

      Paul - 2012-02-06 15:07

      You have to give credit where it's due. Well done Utd. Those were 2 of the best dives I have seen.

  • Sharmilen - 2012-02-06 15:44

    Well Paul, we don't play for Oscars..............we play for points!!!!!!!!!!! But thanks anyway, every Man Utd supporter appreciates your heart felt views on the incidents that led to the penalties. I take it that you haven't seen many dives if those were 2 of the best you have ever seen!!!!! Ever considered a role as a referee and see if you can do any better??? Would like to see you on the field with your action replay glasses on!!!! Howard Webb is human............not a programmed robot!!! For gods sake why don't you lot petition to attach a cyclops to every Man Utd player so when they dive(as you all claim)...............even you will hear the beep............since you are all Howard Webb's assistants!!!

      Christopher - 2012-02-07 15:51

      Hahahaa...excellent Sharmilen...EXCELLENT :)

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