Roberto Di Matteo and Sir Alex Ferguson had to be separated today as Manchester
United ended their 10-year wait for a Premier League win at Chelsea
in the most controversial manner imaginable.
Chelsea finished with nine men and were beaten by an offside winner as United
made up for all the bad luck they perceived they had suffered at Stamford
Bridge in one fell swoop to cut their opponents' lead at the top to one
Referee Mark Clattenburg wrongly sent off Fernando Torres for diving after Chelsea
had fought back from a David Luiz own goal and Robin van Persie's ninth of
the season to equalise through Juan Mata and Ramires.
Branislav Ivanovic did rightly see red five minutes before Torres, whose
second yellow card prompted furious exchanges between the rival managers,
and that was before Javier Hernandez's winner.
Ferguson did not need to bother with mind games against Chelsea last season,
so far adrift were they of United in the league.