Manchester U 2 Chelsea 2
Manchester United 2 Chelsea 2, Old Trafford, English FA Cup Quarter-Final, March 10, 2013. According to Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United were fortunate to still be in the FA Cup after a 2-2 draw against Chelsea. United were leading comfortably by 2-0 at the break but Rafael Benitez´s disciplined side staged a comeback in the second half to earn a draw.
Manchester United dominated the opening skirmishes of the match and the home team were 2-0 up at the interval courtesy of a couple of early goals from Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney in the fifth and eleventh minutes respectively, but The Blues came back a lot stronger after the half-time refreshments to score twice in the second period through goals from Eden Hazard and Ramires. In mitigation, though, the game against Real Madrid earlier in the week had obviously taken its toll. Sir Alex Ferguson: “Manchester United are lucky to still be in the FA Cup. Our two full backs, Rafael da Silva and Patrice Evra, were knackered and the two centre midfield players tired badly and we kept giving the ball away. I detected there were some signs of tiredness. You have to understand the problem is the emotion and intensity of Tuesday night had taken its toll on one or two of the players. Understandably I have no problems with that part but it made it a long day for Manchester United and Chelsea were by far the better side in the second half.” Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Rafael, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra, Tom Cleverley, Michael Carrick, Shinji Kagawa, Nani, Javier Hernandez, Wayne Rooney. Substitutes: Danny Welbeck, Valencia, Robin van Persie, Anderson, Nemanja Vidic, Ashley Young, Ben Amos. Chelsea Team: Petr Cech, Ashley Cole, David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ramires, Frank Lampard, Juan Mata, Oscar, Victor Moses, Demba Ba. Substitutes: John Obi Mikel, Fernando Torres, Eden Hazard, Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Ryan Bertrand, Ross Turnbull.