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February 5, 2012 9:30 PM IST
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 41668‎
 
36′ (OG) Jonny Evans
Wayne Rooney 58′ (PG)
46′ Juan Mata
Wayne Rooney 69′ (PG)
50′ David Luiz
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 3-3 Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson's team come from three goals behind to cap a stunning comeback at Stamford Bridge and keep the pressure on Manchester City

By Wayne Veysey at Stamford Bridge

  • Petr Cech
    271
    121
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    Made fine reflex saves from Young and Welbeck, and commanded his area throughout. The only blip was some poor kicking - and a failure to go the right way for both penalties.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    235
    154
    3.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Made a brilliant last-ditch interception to stop Welbeck putting United 1-0 up after half-an-hour and was slightly unfortunate that his off-balance challenge on the United No19 resulted in the visitors' second spot-kick.

  • David Luiz
    263
    186
    3.00

    David Luiz

    Looked like he was auditioning for a role in a pantomime with his natty blue tights, but his performance was no joke. Looked as authoritative as he ever has for Chelsea at the back until Hernandez lost him for the equaliser. Played a crucial role in his team's third goal.

  • José Bosingwa
    163
    213
    3.00

    José Bosingwa

    Filled in capably for the suspended Ashley Cole at left-back, and did as well as could have been expected.

  • Gary Cahill
    171
    305
    2.50

    Gary Cahill

    A debut to forget. Struggled to deal with Welbeck's pace in the first half and looked like a rabbit caught in headlights as United's comeback kicked into gear.

  • Michael Essien
    493
    179
    4.00

    Michael Essien

    In his first start since last May, he produced a dynamic display in the heart of midfield. Protected the defence adeptly and had still the energy to occasionally surge forward in support of the attack.

  • Florent Malouda
    118
    297
    2.50

    Florent Malouda

    Anonymous display on the left flank. It was no coincidence that all three of Chelsea's goals emanated from the opposite side to where the Frenchman was stationed.

  • Raúl Meireles
    144
    264
    2.50

    Raúl Meireles

    Heavily involved early on and saw lots of the ball but his distribution was often mediocre, and his set-piece deliveries were disappointing. Missed a great headed chance with four minutes left.

  • Fernando Torres
    390
    202
    3.00

    Fernando Torres

    Worked his socks off and set up Mata's stupendous goal with an excellent cross from the right. But his hesitancy when Chelsea were on the counter-attack proved costly at times.

  • Juan Mata
    633
    142
    4.00

    Juan Mata

    His stupendous volleyed goal was both beautiful and violent, perhaps the sweetest champagne moment at the Bridge this season. The Spaniard, revelling in a free role, also teed up Chelsea's third with his free-kick from the right.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    351
    176
    3.50

    Daniel Sturridge

    Has a habit of making things happen and broke the deadlock with a fine run and a cross-come-shot that was deflected off Evans and into the net. Terrorised Evra down the left flank and was extremely unfortunate that his soft challenge on Evra resulted in United's first penalty. Did not acknowledge his manager when he was subbed with 20 minutes left.

Substitutions

  • Oriol Romeu
    133
    194
    2.50

    Oriol Romeu

    Brought on to help Chelsea protect their lead but struggled to stem the waves of red attacks.

  • David de Gea
    415
    633
    2.50

    David de Gea

    Made a nervy start with a weak back-hand punch, which set the tone for an anxious display, particularly when dealing with crosses. The Spaniard made a few athletic saves, particularly in added time, but he looks an accident waiting to happen.

  • Patrice Evra
    265
    451
    2.50

    Patrice Evra Flop of the Match

    Loose display from the United skipper. Looked vulnerable to Sturridge's directness and it was no coincidence that Chelsea's three goals all came down the left flank. Won United's first penalty.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    178
    320
    2.50

    Rio Ferdinand

    A miserable afternoon for the United veteran. Pathetically booed and baited throughout by Chelsea fans and his own goal after failing to properly mark Luiz at a free-kick looked to have ended United's hopes.

  • Jonny Evans
    231
    294
    3.00

    Jonny Evans

    Commanding in the air and adept on the deck, he looked the most composed of United's defenders and did more than anyone else to hold the back five together.

  • Rafael
    352
    164
    3.00

    Rafael

    Feisty in defence and always a willing accomplice to the United attacks. Blameless in terms of the goals but he was sacrificed for the last half hour as the visitors went all-out attack.

  • Ryan Giggs
    425
    145
    3.50

    Ryan Giggs

    Provided eye-of-the-needle distribution from central midfield, and then from the left flank for the last half hour. His class remains undimmed.

  • Michael Carrick
    252
    185
    3.00

    Michael Carrick

    Looked overwhelmed at times but kept his head above water to ensure United dominated second-half possession.

  • Ashley Young
    179
    345
    2.50

    Ashley Young

    Began brightly in his comeback match but quickly faded and was sacrificed when United went 3-0 down.

  • Antonio Valencia
    425
    125
    3.50

    Antonio Valencia

    Delivered a stream of potent crosses from the right flank and it was to his credit that he remained one of United's most potent attackers even when he filled in at right-back for the last half hour.

  • Wayne Rooney
    707
    367
    4.00

    Wayne Rooney Top of the Match

    Emphatically banged in United's first penalty to give his team a lifeline and then smartly sidefooted the second spot-kick. In open play he was less pinpoint but he was heavily involved in United's comeback and was back to his best in the last 20 minutes.

  • Danny Welbeck
    353
    214
    3.50

    Danny Welbeck

    His pace and movement caused Cahill problems, but he did not get the rub of the green. Moved out to the left flank after United went 3-0 down and won the second penalty somewhat fortuitously.

Substitutions

  • Ji-Sung Park
    242
    132
    3.00

    Ji-Sung Park

    Industrious in the midfield following his late introduction, but didn't really have time to significantly affect proceedings.

  • Paul Scholes
    418
    130
    3.00

    Paul Scholes

    His crisp passing was crucial to United's comeback, although there was the rare sight of him giving the ball away once in a dangerous area.

  • Javier Hernández
    649
    151
    3.50

    Javier Hernández

    His brilliant movement lost Luiz for the equaliser, which he finished with a typically emphatic header.

Results
 
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Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0