Clattenburg was right to send Torres off - Jonny Evans

The Manchester United central defender believes that the Chelsea striker went to ground far too easily and deserved his second yellow card for diving in the Red Devils' victory
Manchester United central defender Jonny Evans has backed Mark Clattenburg's decision to show a second yellow card to Chelsea striker Fernando Torres for diving.

The Spanish striker was adjudged to have gone to ground too easily under challenge from the Northern Ireland international, a decision which took the hosts down to just nine men following Branislav Ivanovic's earlier dismissal. The Blues went on to lose the match 3-2.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, the 24-year-old declared that the right decision was made, insisting: "At the time I didn't feel like I'd made contact but I've seen it again and there was a bit of contact.

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"I didn't feel like it was enough to bring him down. He probably realised he wasn't getting the ball and I think the referee's made the right decision in sending him off."

Evans was delighted to come away with victory from the top-of-the-table clash at Stamford Bridge, particularly after seeing his side's early two-goal lead cancelled out by strikes from Juan Mata and Ramires.

"Chelsea really came at us and put the pressure on us and it was tough," the Belfast-born centre-back continued.

"We were probably lucky to see it out 2-1 at half-time. You've got to show character in games like this.

"We came out for the second half and you've got to stand up coming here to Stamford Bridge. It's a tough game, we knew we were going to be under pressure and they got the equaliser and the sendings-off in between that but we managed to finish it off in the end."

The Red Devils' victory closes the gap on the Blues to just one point in the Premier League table, with Arsenal the next opponents for Sir Alex Ferguson's side.