Chelsea vs Manchester United, two top English team face eachother at two thrilling matches in four days, the thriller and goal galore at Stamford Bridge made the 5-7 Reading v Arsenal game previous night jealous. Despite all of the drama and controversy in those 2 games, it will be Chelsea vs Manchester United who are the happier of the two sides.
Chelsea vs Manchester United, London / NationalTurk - It was a goals-galore at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night in the Capital One Cup match Manchester United vs Chelsea clash.
Following a heated and highly contoversial Premier League battle on Sunday on the same turf Manchester United managed to take the lead three times, but a vigilant Chelsea side managed to equalize everytime and their last equalizer came in the injury time of Chelsea vs Manchester United drama. The game drew at 3-3 and went into Extra Time. Eventually, Chelsea took the spoils of a crashing victory vs archrivals Man Utd with a 5-4 win.
The Blues and hosts at the Bridge howed great fighting spirit to come from behind in both games, overturning a two-goal deficit in the first whilst not letting Manchester United get that far ahead in the Chelsea vs Manchester United Capital One Cup tie. They came back from 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 down to force extra time, eventually winning 5-4 and advancing to a quarter final tie with Leeds United.
Chelsea vs. Manchester United clash won by Di Matteo and Co. historic 5-4 result at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea started the cup tie poorly and gifted a goal to Manchester United. Many underestimated the impact of John Terry’s absence at centre back in the Tottenham game.
Chelsea vs Manchester United Capital One Cup victory will be a memorable one for Chelsea. Ryan Giggs drew first blood in 22nd minute, David Luiz provided an equalizer with a penalty in the 31st minute. Javier Hernandez scored before halftime to put Manchester United in the lead again.
Chelsea vs Manchester United : Match Report as it happened
Manchester United’s injury crisis forced Sir Alex Ferguson to feature kids in front of the goal posts and Chelsea’s depleted squad called upon the services of Daniel Sturridge. Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has pleased with the performance of the young England international.
The past two matches against Manchester United have highlighted how important his presence is in the side. From organising the back four, and the holding and box to box midfielders, to commanding the area in front of the box, closing down attackers and making tackles, his leadership was very much missed.
It was a lack of communication and understanding in the key defensive areas of the pitch that caused Chelsea to concede seven goals across two games, and it’s thanks to the brilliance of their attackers that these games weren’t a total disaster. I would be surprised to see Chelsea leaking quite so many goals when Terry returns from his suspension.
Roberto Di Matteo made six changes to his starting 11 from the league game, with squad members Oriel Romeu, Lucas Piazon, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ryan Bertrand, Victor Moses and Daniel Sturridge brought in to deputise for the more senior squad members.
Azpilicueta defended well but was inconsistent going forward down the left, Ryan Bertrand looked very crafty once he fired up and Victor Moses won the first penalty for Chelsea and put in a lot of effort, even if it was a tad misguided at times.
Chelsea’s promising striker Sturridge picked a really bad game to find his benevolent passing side. He played more like Fernando Torres, getting involved in the build up to attacks rather than waiting to finish the final pass, and when it did come to him to shoot he squandered the majority of his chances.
In fairness, the starting attackers for Chelsea vs Manchetser United weren’t as fluid as they have been in recent games and once Brasilian Oscar and Belgian international Eden Hazard were added to the Chelsea vs Manchester United game in the second half, replacing Romeu and Piazon respectively, Chelsea looked far more threatening.
Michael Keane rode his luck after a handball in the area was missed by the referee, and he received only a yellow card for a foul on Sturridge that looked very similar to the foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Ashley Young in the previous game, which saw the Chelsea man sent off.
Ultimately it was the strength of the benches that won these games. In the league fixture last Sunday Di Matteo was limited in his options for substitutes by the two red cards and Sir Alex was able to introduce the x-factor Javier Hernandez to take advantage of the gaps left by the dismissed players in Chelsea’s dismise.
However, in yesterday’s Capital One cup tie, Chelsea manager di Matteo had the options of Eden Hazard and Oscar to join Juan Mata and ramp up the attacking threat, whereas his Manchetser United counterpart Fergie only introduced Federico Macheda in extra time to support a exhausted Javier Hernandez.
Gary Cahill struck the equalizer for Chelsea after the break, but Nani gave Manchester United the lead at the hour mark. Luckily, Chelsea earned a penalty kick in the 94th minute of the game on which Eden Hazard scored to bring the score-line to 3-3 and send the game into Extra Time.
Daniel Sturridge scored in the 97th minute to give Chelsea the lead for the first time in the night. Ramires scored 116th minute to make the score 5-3. Ryan Giggs scored Manchester United’s last goal in a penalty kick in the 120th minute.
Chelsea, who now face Leeds in the quarter-finals, twice came from behind with David Luiz scoring from the spot either side of goals from Ryan Giggs and Javier Hernandez.
Manchester United’s joker Cahill made it 2-2 and it looked like Nani’s finish would win it before Eden Hazard’s injury-time penalty took the game to extra-time. Daniel Sturridge and Ramires then made it 5-3 with Ryan Giggs adding another spot kick in added time.
Both Chelsea vs Manchester United matches were extremely entertaining for fans, spectators and TV audience and they provided plenty of talking points and controversy. One win apiece is a fair result and showcases the Premier League as the most competitive and dramatic in the whole world.
It’s a shame there was a downside to the drama with the performance of the officials being one of the major talking points, but that should not be allowed to take too much away from the fact that both matches provided exciting end to end football of the highest calibre, with brilliant attacking breaks, beautiful passing moves, and goals galore.
Chelsea edge the advantage but it’s a long season and as these games show, anything can happen in football. However even after their first England Premier League loss Chelsea remain top of the league, leading both Manchester clubs by a single point, and are still in the running for four titles, domestic cups and Champions League in the European arena. But it’s also to be mentioned that Chelsea have an extremely congested fixture list incl. a trip to Japan for the FIFA Club World Cup Games in December.
Sir Alex Ferguson comments on Manchester United’s defeat at the hands of Chelsea at Cup game
Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson, meanwhile, noted his team let slip a great chance to progress and admitted they paid for fielding a young defence.
Centre-back Scott Wootton, 21, was culpable for Hazard’s injury-time penalty to make it 3-3, when he bundled over Ramires, and the youngster also misjudged a header in extra-time leading to Sturridge’s strike.
Manchester United also have a busy fixture list, although minus the FIFA Club World Cup, and Sir Alex Ferguson made 10 changes to his starting line up for the Capital One Cup game. It was these young players who made crucial errors, Buttner conceding the first penalty, and Wootton conceding the second and gifting Sturridge the fourth goal.
“We have done fantastically well and I think we have thrown the game away really,” Ferguson told BBC Sport. “With the game finished, we had possession of the ball around about the corner flag and Nani decides to beat a player and we’ve lost a penalty kick.
“We didn’t deserve it but in extra-time I think they found it too much in terms of the young players.
“You can always play young forwards because they don’t cost you the game but young centre-backs have to be really top drawer at this level of football.
“Wootton is 21 years of age, Michael Keane is 19 years of age, obviously they will learn. It’s a sore lesson from them in that respect – getting knocked out of the cup.
Sie Alex Ferguson added: “We have good options in attack, but obviously losing five goals in a game of football, then you have to worried about that.”
Chelsea vs Manchester United: Capital One Cup win is justice for Chelsea manager Di Matteo
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo said his team’s 5-4 League Cup win against Manchester United emphasised his view that Sunday’s result was unjust.
The nine-man Blues lost 3-2 to United at the weekend with Javier Hernandez’s winner coming from an offside position.
“We wanted to show that Sunday’s game was really heavily influenced by the officials,” Di Matteo told NationalTurk Sports.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson fielded a young defence on Wednesday, which he conceded “were just too young”.
No official and referee travesty this time at Stamford Bridge in this Chelsea vs Manchester United clash
Chelsea manager Di Matteo was furious with controversial referee Mark Clattenburg on Sunday’s Chelsea vs Manchester United game after he booked Fernando Torres for diving, leading to the Spanish striker’s dismissal.
Clattenburg has since been accused of allegedly using “inappropriate language” fringing at racism level towards black Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel.
But Roberto Di Matteo had only one complaint with the referee in this Capital One Cup tie Chelsea vs Manchester United- Lee Mason waved away a Juan Mata penalty claim for the Blues.
Other than that, the referee handled the Chelse vs Manchester United game in a distinguished manner despite several big decisions.
He rightly awarded three penalties in a thrilling contest and his assistant correctly judged Gary Cahill’s header to have crossed the line.
Mason also calmly and decisively broke up a scuffle between Oscar and Nani, awarding yellow cards to both players.
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“We deservedly won the game,” Di Matteo added. “We had so many chances and we had to come back so many times as well and we showed great character to do so.
“We are trying to play differently but we all like to win as well. We are playing very well and sometimes you make a step back to do one forwards.
“It was a typical cup game because of all the young players in the team, and we had to chase the game. It was a bit more open than usual.”
“It’s great. It’s important that we came out here with the right attitude because the manager criticized us for not starting well enough (on Sunday),” Daniel Sturridge told Sky Sports after the game. “It’s just about putting a smile on the fans’ faces again because I feel that they were disappointed after the weekend.”
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo was exuberant after Chelsea’s victory. The Italian trainer extolled Chelsea’s never-die-attitude and the dressing room spirit.
‘ We showed again the fantastic character the boys have to come back three times. It’s not the first time,’ Roberto Di Matteo expressed
‘ It’s a fantastic dressing room, these boys never give up. We showed it tonight and we showed it on Sunday when we went down to 10 men and after that nine men ‘
‘ It’s a feel good factor whenever you win. It’s always nice to win every game you play. It was a very exciting game, a typical cup game, quite open and we played well with a lot of chances. I thought we could have finished the game much earlier.’ added the jubiliant Chelsea manager di Matteo after Chelsea vs Manchester United Cup drama and thriller.