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  • 18 September 2011
  • • 20:30
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 75455
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  • 90' + 5'
    FULL TIME! A fantastic game comes to an end. Chelsea will feel this was a missed opportunity given the number of chances they spurned, particularly Torres' open goal gaff. As for the hosts, they lead the league outright after City's draw at Fulham and will be pleased with yet another impressive attacking performance.
  • 90' + 3'
    Not sure about you but I don't want this to end. A Chelsea corner comes to nothing as they finally appear to concede this won't be their day.
  • 90'
    Berbatov does a Torres, sort of. Wayne Rooney unselfishly plays the Bulgarian in after finding himself alone with the keeper but the pass is perhaps too strong and makes it difficult for his partner to find the net.
  • 89'
    Nani unfortunate to concede a foul when challenging Ashley Cole in the Chelsea area. United controlling the closing exchanges. Five minutes added time.
  • 88'
    Evra's cross is blocked well by the Chelsea defence just as Rooney arrives looking to add to the scoreline. In other news, my keyboard is on fire trying to keep up. Still end to end.
  • 86'
    This really could have been 8-8. An incredible, breathless Premier League match.
  • 85'
    Yellow Card Darren Fletcher
  • 85'
    More great work on the counter from the hosts but Wayne Rooney can only head Ashley Young's cross straight at Cech from a tight angle.
  • 83'
    What. A. Miss. Fernando Torres gets on the end of a Ramires pass and after easily rounding De Gea somehow pushes it wide with the goal gaping. The United fans go wild knowing they have been let off the hook by a man who formerly played for their big rivals.
  • 81'
    Hernandez's replacement Dimitar Berbatov stretches in the box but can't reach a brilliant cross from the right as it skids off the turf.
  • 81'
    Hernandez's replacement Dimitar Berbatov stretches in the box but can't reach a brilliant cross from the right as it skids off the turf.
  • 80'
    Yellow Card Antonio Valencia
  • 79'
    SubstitutionJavier Hernández D. Berbatov
  • 79'
    SubstitutionRaúl Meireles John Obi Mikel
  • 78'
    Yellow Card Ashley Cole
  • 77'
    On a second look, Ashley Cole's challenge on Hernandez as he shoots is high and dangerous. The defender receives a yellow card but no penalty is given, bizarre decision from Phil Dowd.
  • 76'
    That could have been game over! United keep the ball alive and Evra's cross finds Wayne Rooney who somehow scuffs it onto the post from six yards out. Hernandez awaits the rebound but can only smash it into the side netting injuring himself in the process.
  • 74'
    Ambitious from Ivanovic as he sees the headlines with the ball sitting up around 30 yards out. The defender hammers it well wide of De Gea's goal and United are given some respite.
  • 74'
    Ambitious from Ivanovic as he sees the headlines with the ball sitting up around 30 yards out. The defender hammers it well wide of De Gea's goal and United are given some respite.
  • 73'
    Greg Stobart from Old Trafford: "For the first time this season, Old Trafford feels nervous. United have a two-goal lead but Chelsea are still looking dangerous going forward and there is a sense that this game is not over. Andre Villas-Boas certainly shares that view – he looks like he is wearing virtual goggles the way he is acting on the touchline."
  • 71'
    Torres works space to get a shot off on his left only to see it rebound to him from De Gea's save, unfortunately for the Spaniard he can't keep the ball down and hacks it over the bar. How many chances can Chelsea afford to waste?
  • 71'
    Michael Carrick feels the wrath of the Old Trafford faithful for passing the ball backwards to De Gea when in space.
  • 69'
    Lukaku's first touch is almost a goal, Evra doing well to slide in and prevent the Belgian forward from tapping in six yards out.
  • 68'
    Lukaku comes on for Sturridge, will he be the one to get Chelsea back into it?
  • 67'
    SubstitutionDaniel Sturridge Romelu Lukaku
  • 66'
    Big chance for the fourth. A short taken corner allows Ashley Young to swing it in from the left but Phil Jones heads wide when he perhaps might have done better.
  • 65'
    Ivanovic gives away a free kick at the left hand edge of the box, despite being in the ascendency here the Blues still look vulnerable to United's unstoppable counter-attacking threat.
  • 64'
    Chelsea steal the ball in the United half but Anelka is wasteful in his execution of an attempted one-two with Mata and gifts possession back to the hosts
  • 62'
    SubstitutionAnderson Michael Carrick
  • 62'
    SubstitutionChris Smalling Antonio Valencia
  • 61'
    Chris Smalling and Anderson replaced by Michael Carrick and Antonio Valencia for the hosts. Will this sure the game up to help maintain United's lead?
  • 60'
    An in-swinging ball from Anelka from the left beats everyone but Daniel Sturridge at the back post but he can't control on his unfavoured right foot and it's out for a goal kick.
  • 58'
    You just feel like it's a matter of time until United's fourth. Ramires tracks Hernandez brilliantly who would've been one-on-one with Cech after a fantastic exchange with Waye Rooney.
  • 57'
    Missed Penalty Wayne Rooney
  • 56'
    Yellow Card John Terry
  • 56'
    PENALTY MISS! The in-form Wayne Rooney steps up and it's surely hitting the back of the net...that is until he slips during his run up and spoons the ball desperately wide. Unfortunate for the striker.
  • 55'
    PENALTY! Nani bursts forward and smashes the bar from the edge of the area, he is also first to react to the rebound and gets to it just before Bosingwa who can only bring him down to stop him scoring.
  • 54'
    Rooney finds Ashley Young on the left but Bosingwa comes back in time to allow Cech to keep the danger away. Sturridge has a go which is kept out by De Gea
  • 51'
    Anelka has brought in some trickery along-with him. His introduction has sparked Chelsea to life as it does look that they can come back
  • 49'
    Yellow Card Ramires
  • 48'
    Villas-Boas will be buoyed by his side's start to the half and if they can create as many chances as in the first half then there is a real chance they can get back into this.
  • 46'
    Assist Nicolas Anelka
  • 46'
    SubstitutionFrank Lampard Nicolas Anelka
  • 46'
    Goal Fernando Torres
  • 46'
    GOAL! Well that's some way to try and get back in it! Anelka cuts in from the right and plays the ball through the eye of a needle for the Spaniard to dink it over De Gea beautifully.
  • 46'
    Chelsea get us back under way as Nicolas Anelka comes on in place of Frank Lampard
  • 45' + 2'
    HALF TIME! What a fantastic half of football. Chelsea have gone toe-to-toe with the hosts but some brilliantly clinical finishing has left them 3-0 down already. They may feel somewhat unfortunate to be on the end of that scoreline but you can't fault United's ability to exploit an opposition weakness
  • 45' + 2'
    HALF TIME! What a fantastic half of football. Chelsea have gone toe-to-toe with the hosts but some brilliantly clinical finishing has left them 3-0 down already. They may feel somewhat unfortunate to be on the end of that scoreline but you can't fault United's ability to exploit an opposition weakness
  • 45'
    Assist Nani
  • 45'
    Goal Wayne Rooney
  • 45'
    GOAL! Phil Jones charges forward brilliantly and though his original cut back is blocked well the ball bounces fortunately off Nani to the feet of Wayne Rooney 8 yards out. He doesn't miss from there, does he?
  • 44'
    Unbelievable that United lead in some respects but you just cannot stop the Red Devils from scoring this season. Chelsea will be rueing their missed opportunities now.
  • 41'
    Ramires nearly benefits from some indecisive United defending but can only half volley over the bar from the edge of the box.
  • 39'
    Old Trafford rocking now but Ashley Young can only find Petr Cech as he crosses from the left.
  • 38'
    Harsh on Chelsea after their positive start but how important it is to take your chances in the Premier League.
  • 37'
    Assist Jonny Evans
  • 37'
    Goal Nani
  • 36'
    GOAL! Unbelievable strike. Nani receives the ball on the right hand side and after easily jinking inside Juan Mata lets fly from around 25 yards right into the far corner. Absolutely unstoppable genius from the Portuguese winger.
  • 34'
    Wayne Rooney works space away from Bosingwa but steers his effort wide from the edge of the area. You might have backed him to score even from that distance given his current form.
  • 32'
    Ferguson very animated on the touchline, he'll want his side to close the game up given the fact they are currently leading.
  • 31'
    An ambitious effort from Torres as he tries an overhead kick from the edge of the box. The shot goes well wide but Torres showing admirable confidence to take it on.
  • 28'
    Andre Villas-Boas will be encouraged by the attacking threat his side have shown thus far but United could quite easily hit back at the other end at any moment. An open encounter.
  • 27'
    WHAT A SAVE! Juan Mata releases Torres who gets past Smalling and sends a ball across the face of the goal for Ramires whose shot is blocked by De Gea. It should have been the equaliser for Chelsea
  • 25'
    Some fantastic probing possession from United is wasted as Wayne Rooney's clipped pass wide is too strong goes out for a goalkick. Fantastic game so far.
  • 24'
    Nani sends the ball for Hernandez who does well to get past Ivanovic but Cech comes out to wave off the danger
  • 22'
    Meireles moves forward and chips the ball forward for Lampard as the midfielder's strike goes wide. Well played Meireles!
  • 19'
    United appeal for a handball as Lampard looks to clear. The referee rightly gives the decision in favour of Chelsea
  • 18'
    Petr Cech clears the ball and the ball goes straight to Rooney who finds Nani. Ashley Cole fouls the Portuguese and the home side have a free-kick
  • 17'
    United are attacking primarily from the left as Ashley Young is involved every time they move forward
  • 16'
    The two teams looking to attack at every opportunity. We have a match on hand here
  • 14'
    Ivanovic! Chelsea earn a cornerkick and the Serb gets away from Jones to head it straight to De Gea
  • 11'
    SO CLOSE! Anderson gives away the ball at the feet of Torres as the Chelsea striker cuts in between Evans and the Brazilian as his shot just misses the far post.
  • 10'
    Chelsea corner as Daniel Sturridge pushes it off Jonny Evans. The visitors by no means being dominated early on despite the scoreline.
  • 8'
    Assist Ashley Young
  • 8'
    Goal Chris Smalling
  • 8'
    A nightmare start for Chelsea, can Villas-Boas regather his troops as they concede after a decent start.
  • 7'
    GOAL GOAL GOAL! Ashley Young wins a free-kick after a foul by Jose Bosingwa. The England international curls in from the left as Smalling rises to head home. 1-0 to the home side
  • 5'
    Torres with an early chance to run at Evans but he is easily dispossessed leaving Sturridge to drag the loose ball well wide.
  • 3'
    A cross from Ashley Cole sees Evra lose his man and Ramires sent in a volley which was kept out by De Gea
  • 1'
    Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez get us under way at Old Trafford. Big game.
  • Chelsea: Cech; Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Meireles, Lampard; Sturridge, Torres, Mata. Subs: Turnbull, Luiz, Romeu, Mikel, Malouda, Lukaku, Anelka.
  • Manchester United: De Gea; Smalling, Jones, Evans, Evra; Nani, Fletcher, Anderson, Young; Rooney, Hernandez. Subs: Lindegaard, Berbatov, Giggs, Park, Carrick, Fabio Da Silva, Valencia.
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