Premier League

September 18, 2011

Full-time

Manchester United

3 - 1

Chelsea

Premier League

15:00 +00:00, September 18, 2011

Old Trafford, England

Referee: Philip Dowd

  • 95'

    FULL TIME An excellent match ends with a fifth straight Premier League win for Manchester United. Chelsea were good, as was Torres, but they couldn't finish their chances - Torres the worst culprit with a miss we will see for years and years. Nani, Rooney excellent again and United go two clear of City at the top.

  • 94'

    An aimless ball from Anelka tells you the game is all but up.

  • 93'

    Ivanovic's header is cleared by Evra.

  • 92'

    Anelka's run is tracked by Carrick and Chelsea win a corner.

  • 91'

    Another open goal miss from six yards! This time Berbatov after Rooney went clean through. Rooney squares it but the pass is heavy and Cole can slide back and block Berbatov's weak effort, then collide with the post.

  • 90'

    Five minutes of added time.......

  • 88'

    One wonders if that miss will destroy the confidence Torres had slowly been building back up.

  • 87'


    Nani celebrates his 25-yard strike against Chelsea.

  • 86'

    The game looks up now - had Torres scored it would have been 3-2 with seven minutes to go. Instead, his entire team are reeling from his catastrophic miss.

  • 85'

    Good break from United ends with Nani crossing for Rooney to head right at Cech. Still can't get over that Torres miss.

  • 84'

    That could come to define his Chelsea career. What an unbelievable miss. He was level with the post and heading away from goal but how can you not score that when you are worth £50m?!

  • 83'

    Oh goodness gracious me! Torres gets clean through, rounds De Gea and from seven yards out with an open goal he has missed. Oh dear, dear me.

  • 82'

    What with his penalty miss and hitting the post, Rooney could have had his third hat-trick in a row.

  • 81'

    Hernandez gets a rousing reception as he finally makes his way to the tunnel, limping heavily after that Cole challenge.

  • 80'

    Valencia is now carded for bumping into Torres. Bit harsh, Phil.

  • 79'

    Meireles is replaced by Mikel and Hernandez goes off to be replaced by Berbatov.

  • 77'

    Cole is now booked for his attempted block. The replay shows how bad it was. It was a leg-breaker. Doesn't stop Cole moaning, of course.

  • 76'

    Rooney hits the post! He scuffs Evra's cross onto the far post before Hernandez blasts the rebound wide and is caught by a lunging block from Cole.

  • 75'

    Chelsea have had double the attempts on goal Man Utd have. 18-9.

  • 73'

    Ivanovic cuts out a ball meant for Hernandez and strides forward, blasting a shot well wide from 30 yards.

  • 72'

    At the other end Young gets to the byline and crosses, Ivanovic blocks with his elbow but a corner is given.

  • 71'

    Two glorious chances for Torres - he turns well to unleash a shot on goal that De Gea saves and when the rebound comes back he volleys over from 12 yards out.

  • 70'

    From the corner Terry gets a free header but Anelka can't poke it home.

  • 69'

    The new man nearly makes an immediate impace as Evra prevents Lukaku turning Mata's near post cross beyond De Gea.

  • 68'

    Sturridge goes off and Lukaku comes on.

  • 67'

    Excellent clearing header from Carrick - running back towards his own goal to clear Meireles' cross.

  • 66'

    The corner goes short, Young eventually crosses and Jones glances wide.

  • 65'

    Rooney's free kick is blocked, as is his follow up and Young settles for a corner.

  • 64'

    A poor attack from Chelsea as Mata and Anelka waste good possession when there were plenty of blue shirts in the box.

  • 62'

    Changes for Man Utd as Smalling and Anderson depart - Valencia and Carrick come on.

  • 61'

    Anelka's ball to the back post is missed by everyone and Sturridge ghosts in at the back but can't quite decide what to hit the bouncing ball with and ends up nudging it wide.

  • 60'

    Excellent ball from Mata over the top but Jones is across to make sure Torres can't get on the end of it.

  • 59'

    This game has had just about everything - except a red card.

  • 58'

    Lovely interplay now as Rooney dummies a pass, gets the return from Hernandez and tries to return the favour but Ramires is across to boot clear.

  • 57'

    A carbon copy of what happened to John Terry in Moscow! Speaking of Terry, he was booked for arguing with the ref after the penalty was awarded.

  • 57'

    Rooney misses! He slips and screws it wide!

  • 55'

    An incredible passage of play as Nani breaks donwfield, smacks a ball against the crossbar then Bosingwa dives into get the ball as Nani lines up the rebound, takes the man but also some of the ball and Dowd says pen.

  • 55'

    Man Utd penalty!

  • 54'

    Now Mata has a go on goal and De Gea saves low down at the near post. Corner.

  • 53'

    Acres of space for Young and Rooney finds him but Bosingwa gets back in the nick of time.

  • 52'

    A cross into the box but Jones nudges Torres off the ball.

  • 51'

    Another fine run from Nani as he beats Bosingwa and Meireles but can't find Hernandez with the cross.

  • 50'

    Now Mata is close to profiting from a Meireles ball over the top. United poor in possession to give the ball away.

  • 49'

    A ridiculous booking for Ramires after he slides in on Rooney and wins the ball. Dowd got that wrong.

  • 48'

    The run to get there was impressive too.

  • 47'

    That finish from Torres was very tidy. An expert dink over De Gea. That will give Chelsea belief.

  • 46'

    What a ball from Anelka in behind Jones and Torres flicks beautifully over De Gea. Game back on?

  • 46'

    GOAL Torres scores!

  • 46'

    We start again....

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    Anelka is on for Lampard.

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    Chelsea's Ramires lies dejected on the floor after missing a chance on goal.

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  • 45'

    HALF TIME Well, on this evidence Manchester United are head and shoulders above everybody else in the league bar City. They lead by three, have been utterly ruthless again and Chelsea must be wondering what has hit them.

  • 45'

    Game over. Rooney profits from a very lucky deflection as Terry tries to clear in his box - the ball hits Nani and rolls square for Rooney who tucks it home.

  • 45'

    GOAL Rooney!

  • 44'

    Sturridge's ball for Ramires is a touch behind the midfielder and Fletcher gets back successfully.

  • 43'


    Manchester United defender Chris Smalling heads in the opening goal against Chelsea.

  • 42'

    Lots of work for AVB to do at half time.

  • 41'

    Another half chance for Ramires as he meets Cole's cross on the edge of the box but it is on his weaker foot and he blazes over.

  • 40'

    A rather weak effort from Ashley Cole. Chelsea have been decent going forward but United have been ruthless.

  • 39'

    Young gets round Bosingwa and crosses but Cech meets it. Chelsea are rocking here.

  • 38'

    Funny I should say that - Nani has now got the same amount of goals in his first 100 Premier League games as Ronaldo did.

  • 37'

    That was ridiculous! He stpes past Mata as if he wasn't there, then past Meireles before slamming a shot right into the top corner. Ronaldo-esque.

  • 37'

    GOAL What a goal from Nani!

  • 35'

    More good news for United - Fulham have equalised against City. Danny Murphy with it.

  • 34'

    Rooney gets past Ivanovic and has a pop but opts for a curler rather than a power effort. Wide.

  • 33'

    Ivanovic is down and United curtail their attack.

  • 32'

    Sturridge fires an effort right at De Gea. He brought a cross down well and then hit a half-volley right at the keeper.

  • 31'

    De Gea again uncomfortable with a backpass, giving it to Jones who was quickly closed down.

  • 30'

    An ambitious overhead kick from Torres as Sturridge crosses. It squirts wide. Very difficult skill to master.

  • 29'

    Great tracking back from Young who shields the ball from Bosingwa before teeing it up and overhead-kicking clear.

  • 28'

    An excellent opening half hour of football.

  • 27'

    Ramires caught the ball on his heel as he was stretching for it and that meant the angle took it back across goal and into De Gea's path.

  • 26'

    It has to be 1-1! Torres gets in behind Smalling and pulls the ball across for Ramires who has the goal at his mercy but somehow he hits it at De Gea who was flying across goal.

  • 25'

    More good delivery from Nani wide right, Rooney tries to volley home but Chelsea clear.

  • 23'

    Fantastic ball from Nani as Hernandez scampered into the box but the Mexican can't bring the ball down.

  • 22'

    Torres drops deep to try and make an impact but brings Jones down as he tries to take him on.

  • 21'

    Chance for Lampard now as Meireles finds him running into the area but he can't wrap his foot round the ball enough to get it on target.

  • 20'

    Better from Chelsea as Mata feeds Bosingwa but his cross finds no-one. Sturridge volleys the clearance wide. He's very greedy that lad.

  • 19'

    Rooney spreads the free kick wide, Nani crosses and Evans keeps it alive and as Lampard tries to head away he manages to get his hand out of the way just in time.

  • 18'

    Phil Dowd has a word with Ashley Cole after he clips Nani and unleashes a predictable volley of dissent.

  • 17'

    Terry was furious when the goal went in. Smalling was left totally unmarked by Lampard and had all the time in the world to pick his spot.

  • 16'

    Goals elsewhere. Sunderland now lead Stoke 4-0 and Fulham have pulled one back against Man City, 1-2 now.

  • 15'

    Lovely work between Young and Evra but Bosingwa blocks the cross.

  • 14'

    Ivanovic meets the corner but heads right at De Gea.

  • 13'

    A waste from Nani as Mata loses possession. Hernandez was backpost but Nani couldn't find him. Then Chelsea break and Lampard wins a corner.

  • 12'

    Anderson gives the ball away and Torres is in, he ducks the other way past Evans before scuffing it wide. Not good.

  • 11'

    Terry wins a header at the back post but De Gea claims, then Bosingwa's cross goes behind for a goal kick.

  • 10'

    Chelsea try to hit back as Sturridge gets in the area and wins a corner off Evans.

  • 10'

    Aguero's double this afternoon at Fulham has drawn him level with Rooney as the Premier League's top scorer on eight.

  • 9'

    A lovely glancing header from Smalling, who looked like he was half a yard offside. No-one marking him. Shoddy defending.

  • 8'

    Smalling rises highest to nod into the net and that is a great start for United.

  • 8'

    GOAL Smalling nods home!

  • 7'

    Free kick for United wide right.

  • 6'

    Aguero on target again to make it Fulham 0-2 Man City.

  • 5'

    Sloppy from United to give the ball to Torres, Evans tackles him well before Sturridge fires wide. Good start from the visitors.

  • 4'

    First shaky moment from De Gea who tries to return a pass from Evra but knocks it out of play.

  • 3'

    A great move from Chelsea as Lampard feeds Cole and his volleyed cross is met by Ramires, forcing De Gea into a save with his feet.

  • 2'

    Ball over the top for Hernandez to chase but Cole watches it roll out of play.

  • 1'

    KICK OFF

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    Here come the teams. Martin Tyler's obligatory "it's live" is already a distant memory. Let's get it on.....

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    Interesting that David Luiz starts on the bench after his meltdown at Old Trafford last season. Remember him having a slanging match with Carlo Ancelotti on the touchline?

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    As for Chelsea, Terry, Lampard and Ramires return from the midweek game with Leverkusen. Sturridge and Torres start up front.

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    As for the teams, Young, Anderson, Jones and Hernandez come in from the side that drew against Benfica. Ferdinand doesn't even make the bench but Fletcher retains his place.

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    Afternoon all - we are just 16 minutes away from kick off as the Premier League champions and runners-up go head-to-head at Old Trafford.

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    Wayne Rooney celebrates as a 2-1 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford in May effectively sealed the title for United.

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