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  • September 18, 2011
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 75455
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  • 90' + 5'
    There is the whistle, United simply cannot be stopped. 3-1 to the Red Devils.
  • 90' + 4'
    Not much to speak of in the extra minutes, to be honest. United on its way to another massive win.
  • 90' + 1'
    United nearly get four as Rooney is played in. The striker slides it to Berbatov who tries to put it in the open net but Cole slides and saves. No one wants to score!
  • 90' + 1'
    We'll have five minutes of added time...
  • 87'
    Add the Torres flab to a number of flabs in this one. Could be 5-3 right now.
  • 86'
    At the other end, United break and Young plays a deep cross to Rooney whose header is blocked well by Cech.
  • 85'
    Yellow Card Darren Fletcher
  • 83'
    Well I could have see the worst miss I've ever seen. Great ball through to Torres who is in alone on De Gea. Rounds him expertly and has a gaping open net in front of him and he fires wide. Speechless at how he missed that.
  • 82'
    United playing a spot of keep ball at the minute. Eating up those minutes.
  • 80'
    Yellow Card Antonio Valencia
  • 80'
    An injury to Chicharito sees Berbatov replace him. Meireles also off for Chelsea, replaced by Mikel.
  • 79'
    Substitution Javier Hernández Dimitar Berbatov
  • 79'
    Substitution Raúl Meireles John Obi Mikel
  • 78'
    Yellow Card Ashley Cole
  • 77'
    So close from United. A free kick gets played wide left to Evra who slides in to Rooney. His muted shot bounces off the near post.
  • 75'
    The ball falls to Ivanovic deep and the defender blasts one on net. Though it wasn't on net at all. A few yards wide.
  • 72'
    OoOoOoOo Torres nearly gets one back. Weaving through the United defense, the striker shoots hard at De Gea who saves well. On the rebound, he blasts the ball over the net.
  • 70'
    Chelsea piling on the pressure now. Off a short corner, Evra has to defend well against Lukaku at the near post. Could have been much worse.
  • 68'
    A few sloppy giveaways by United in its end results in a Chelsea corner. In the break, Sturridge comes off for Lukaku.
  • 67'
    Substitution Daniel Sturridge Romelu Lukaku
  • 66'
    United wins a freekick at the top of the area as Evra is felled. Rooney then fires into the wall.
  • 63'
    United makes two changes, bringing on Valencia for Smalling and Carrick for Anderson.
  • 62'
    Substitution Anderson Michael Carrick
  • 62'
    Substitution Chris Smalling Antonio Valencia
  • 61'
    Chelsea tries to get things a bit closer. Some nice sustained pressure from a corner results in little.
  • 58'
    Rooney and Hernandez working off each other brilliantly and nearly create something really special. Ramires steps in and breaks it up.
  • 57'
    Missed Penalty Wayne Rooney
  • 56'
    Yellow Card John Terry
  • 56'
    WOW! Rooney slips as he's taking the penalty and fires the ball wide. No goal. Still 3-1, everyone.
  • 55'
    Again, United run rampant after a Chelsea move at the other end. Nani gets in a good shooting position and fires off the crossbar. Gets on the rebound and is pulled down by Bosingwa. Penalty.
  • 54'
    United works on the break with Rooney playing in Young down the left. Couldn't get a shot off though as the ball was stuck in his feet.
  • 52'
    Chelsea definitely the better side so far.
  • 50'
    Jones gives the ball away and ends in Chelsea having a good chance but Mata just can't connect to a cross at the end of the move.
  • 49'
    Yellow Card Ramires
  • 48'
    Ramires with a bit of a late foul on Rooney sees himself go into the book.
  • 46'
    Assist Nicolas Anelka
  • 46'
    Substitution Frank Lampard Nicolas Anelka
  • 46'
    Goal Fernando Torres
  • 46'
    Goal Goal Goal. Game on then! Torres connects on an Anelka pass and chips the ball over a frozen De Gea. 3-1 United.
  • 46'
    Halftime is over and the match has restarted.
  • 45' + 2'
    And that's halftime. United has dominated while Chelsea looks extremely poor. Three points are already in the bag. 3-0 United.
  • 45'
    Assist Nani
  • 45'
    Goal Wayne Rooney
  • 45'
    3-0! Just like that, United get another one and all but put this game away before halftime. A dashing run by Phil Jones into the area, sees the ball, eventually gets slid to Wayne Rooney in the perfect position in the middle of the box to slide home the easy goal.
  • 43'
    Tempo of the match has slowed slightly before halftime.
  • 41'
    Ball bounces in the middle to Ramires who fires on the half volley over the net.
  • 40'
    Chelsea looking a bit bewildered.
  • 39'
    Young has a nice run down the left and fires in a cross that Cech comes out and snags.
  • 37'
    Assist Jonny Evans
  • 37'
    Goal Nani
  • 37'
    GOALLLLL! Nani just runs through Chelsea's midfield, Juan Mata specifically and fires a shot from deep that dips and dives into Cech's net. 2-0 United.
  • 34'
    United works some nice passes around. Rooney gets in a good spot and tries to bend one into the top corner. Goes way wide.
  • 32'
    Sturridge takes the ball at the corner of the area and fires at De Gea who holds well.
  • 31'
    Torres goes acrobatic trying to get himself a goal. Fires a bicycle kick from deep in the box. Goes way wide.
  • 29'
    Chelsea really pushing for the tying goal here, but United keeping things together at the back.
  • 26'
    Up and down action here at Old Trafford. Torres bombs down the right plays in Ramires who fires at an open net and De Gea ends up saving it. The Brazilian shot it at the only place De Gea could have reached it.
  • 23'
    At the other end, Nani plays in a pinpoint ball to Hernandez who bombs into the area. Whistle goes as it hits the Mexican's arm.
  • 23'
    Torres and Phil Jones have a little battle down the right of De Gea's goal. Ends up with the Spaniard fouling the Englishman.
  • 22'
    Some good passing by the Chelsea leads to a nice half volley attempt by Lampard that goes just wide.
  • 20'
    A little controversy as Lampard heads a ball onto his arm in the box. No penalty given.
  • 19'
    United wins a free kick in a good area straight away center, about 35 yards out. Rooney behind it...
  • 18'
    Fashion update: Cech in a lovely purple and white keeper kit. De Gea in the slightly more traditional yellow.
  • 16'
    Things have slowed slightly with Chelsea trying to work its way back into the match. United playing well.
  • 14'
    Chelsea counter through Ramires and Sturridge but United hold fast and it goes behind for a corner. On the ensuing kick, Ivanovic puts a good header in and it's saved nicely by De Gea.
  • 12'
    Woah there. Anderson gives it away to Torres in a great area and the Spanish striker scuffs his shot. Should have been 1-1.
  • 10'
    Andre Villas-Boas not looking pleased on the sidelines, as you could imagine.
  • 8'
    Assist Ashley Young
  • 8'
    Goal Chris Smalling
  • 8'
    Well that was quick! 1-0 United after Young plays in a lovely free kick to Chris Smalling who was a hair offsides and nods the ball into the net. Great goal.
  • 5'
    United passing the ball around nicely in the early stages. Controlling the play.
  • 3'
    A few lovely balls from Chelsea sees it fall to Ramires at the corner of the box. The Brazilian volleys and forces a big save out of De Gea.
  • 1'
    Anderson plays a nice ball over the top that Chicharito just can't reach.
  • 1'
    ...and we're underway!
  • Hello everyone! Goal.com's Shane Evans with you for this big big match. We're very close to kickoff right now so let's jump right in.