Chelsea 2 Manchester U 1
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.