Chelsea 2 Manchester U 1

Sir Alex Ferguson

Chel­sea 2 Man­chester U 1, Stam­ford Bridge, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Mar­ch 1, 2011. Man­chester Uni­ted man­ager Al­ex Fer­guson was hop­ping mad at ref­er­ee Mar­tin Atkin­son fol­low­ing his team’s 2-1 de­feat ag­ainst bit­ter rivals Chel­sea at Stam­ford Bridge. The Reds lost to a late pen­alty from Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­al Frank Lam­pard, which was awar­ded when Chris Small­ing was deemed to have bro­ught down Yuri Zhirkov in­side the eight­een-yard box.

Af­ter the closely con­tested 2-1 Pre­mier Lea­gue loss to fel­low Pre­mier Lea­gue title chasers Chel­sea at Stam­ford Bridge in West Lon­don, Sir Al­ex Fer­guson had a re­al go at mat­ch of­fi­cial Mar­tin Atkin­son. Sir Al­ex Fer­guson: “You want a fair ref­er­ee, or a strong ref­er­ee, any­way, and we did not get that. When I saw who the ref­er­ee was I did fear it. I feared the worst. And he is go­ing to be ref­er­ee­ing every week. That is three years in a row now, and it is hard to take.” Chel­sea Te­am: Petr Cech, John Terry, Da­vid Luiz, Bran­islav Ivan­ovic, Ash­ley Cole, Mi­chael Es­si­en, Frank Lam­pard Ju­ni­or, Ramires, Nic­olas Anelka, Florent Malouda, Fer­nando Torres. Sub­stitutes: Paulo Fer­reira, Jose Bos­ing­wa, Josh McEa­chran, Yuri Zhirkov, Didi­er Dro­gba, Sa­lomon Kalou, Ross Turn­bull. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Ed­win van der Sar, John O’Shea, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Chris Small­ing, Ne­manja Vid­ic, Mi­chael Car­rick, Dar­ren Fletch­er, Nani, Paul Scho­les, Javi­er Her­nandez, Way­ne Roo­ney. Sub­stitutes: Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov, Ra­fael, Wes­ley Bro­wn, Fa­bio, Dar­ron Gib­son, Ry­an Gig­gs, To­masz Kuszczak.


Manchester United Quickfacts

Man­chester Uni­ted and Chel­sea met for the fir­st time when the two te­ams played out a goal­less draw in front of a crowd of over 35,000 people at Stam­ford Bridge on the 25th of Dec­ember 1905.


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