• Date: Sat 03 April 2010
  • Venue: Old Trafford
  • Ref: Dean, M
  • Attendance: 75,217
1 - 2
Chelsea

Chelsea

Cole (20)

Drogba (79)

Manchester United vs Chelsea

Team Lineups

Manchester United

Edwin van der Sar
Gary Neville
Patrice Evra
Rio Ferdinand
Nemanja Vidic
Ryan Giggs
Ji-Sung Park (Federico Macheda, 72)
Paul Scholes (Luis Carlos Nani, 72)
Darren Fletcher (Darron Gibson, 86)
Luis Antonio Valencia
Dimitar Berbatov

Chelsea

Petr Cech
Paulo Ferreira
John Terry
Rodrigo da Costa Alex
Frank Lampard
Joe Cole (Salomon Kalou, 74)
John Obi Mikel
Florent Malouda
Yuri Zhirkov
Souza Deco (Michael Ballack, 82)
Nicolas Anelka (Didier Drogba, 70)

Match Report
Chelsea leapfrogged a Wayne Rooney-less Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table following a priceless 2-1 victory at Old Trafford. As United's injured talisman looked on from his executive box, Chelsea took the points courtesy of a majestic first-half performance in a potential title decider. Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti left top-scorer Didier Drogba on the bench, but it was Florent Malouda who produced the sparkling performance which tilted the game in the Londoners' favour. It was Malouda who made Chelsea's first goal in the 20th minute. Malouda beat off a tackle form Antonio Valencia on the left and as he cut in to the United box, brushed off a second challenge by Darren Fletcher. His cross found Joe Cole three yards out at the near post and, even with Patrice Evra behind him, his audacious back-flick beat the Frenchman and United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar with the ball going in at the far post. In a first half of few chances, both United and Chelsea had legitimate appeals for penalties turned down by referee Mike Dean. In the 26th minute, Ji-Sung Park was impeded by Yuri Zhirkov just inside the Chelsea box but Mr Dean waved play on. Four minutes later, Gary Neville barged over Nicolas Anelka in the united penalty area but Dean again allowed play to go on. United came back into the game after the interval, although their constant pressure was repelled by Chelsea defenders with goalkeeper Petr Cech rarely troubled. Drogba finally came off the bench with 20 minutes to go and Chelsea's leading marksman scored eight minutes later. Fellow substitute Salomon Kalou picked out Drogba just outside the penalty area and although he was at least a yard offside, Mr Dean allowed him to go on and bury the ball right footed into the roof of the net from 12 yards on the right side of the box. United had brought on substitutes Nani and Federico Macheda in the 72nd minute and both men combined to put the Red Devils back into the game six minutes later. Nani's cross from the left side of the box was only parried by Cech and fell to Macheda and the ball went back into the net off a combination of chest and arm. But United could not produce one of their trademark finishes to find an equaliser as the title pendulum swung firmly back towards Chelsea.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

Chelsea run out winners to go top of the Premiership table.

92

Ryan Giggs' free kick is met by Nemanja Vidic but his header is wide.

90

Four minutes of added time is signaled.

90

Dimitar Berbatov's effort is easily saved by Petr Cech.

88

Didier Drogba's pass forward for Frank Lampard is overhit and runs out of play.

86
Substitution
 

Darron Gibson replaces Darren Fletcher for United.

85
Substitution
 

Darren Fletcher is booked.

84

Frank Lampard's drive is wide of the target.

82
Substitution
 

Michael Ballack replaces Souza Deco.

80

Petr Cech pushes Luis Carlos Nani's near-post cross in the air and Federico Macheda bundles the ball home.

79
Goal
 

Didier Drogba powers the ball into the back of the net, although appeared to be offside.

77

Darren Fletcher's deep cross is comfortably collected by Petr Cech.

75

Patrice Evra looks to break forward but is ruled offside.

73
Substitution
 

Salomon Kalou comes on for Joe Cole.

71
Yellow Card
 

Joe Cole goes into the referee's notebook.

71
Substitution
 

Federico Macheda comes on for Ji-Sung Park and Luis Carlos Nani replaces Paul Scholes.

70
Yellow Card
 

Souza Deco is shown yellow by the referee.

69
Substitution
 

Didier Drogba replaces Nicolas Anelka for the Blues.

68

Didier Drogba looks like he could be coming on for Chelsea.

66

Dimitar Berbatov heads over from Gary Neville's centre.

64

Chelsea clear as United bombard the visitor's goal.

62

United are enjoying their best spell of the match.

60

Dimitar Berbatov's header from Ryan Giggs' cross is inches wide.

58

Ji-Sung Park latches onto Darren Fletcher's slide-rule pass but shoots high and wide.

56

Ryan Giggs' free kick doesn't find intended target Dimitar Berbatov.

54

Souza Deco's ball into the area deflects into the arms of Edwin van der Sar.

52

Patrice Evra's left-foot volley is wide of the upright.

51

The second half has not got going yet.

49

Gary Neville's early ball into the box is cleared by Renato Paulo Ferreira.

47

Edwin van der Sar makes a finger tip save from Renato Paulo Ferreira bobbling shot.

Second half
 

The second half is underway.

Half time
 

It's half time. Chelsea deservedly lead against a United side that struggled to find their rhythm.

44
Yellow Card
 

Gary Neville goes into the referee's notebook.

43

Frank Lampard makes a great challenge to take the ball of the feet of Dimitar Berbatov.

42

Patrice Evra looks to get a cross in but is prevented by Joe Cole on defensive duties.

40

Frank Lampard's pass forward for Yuri Zhirkov has too much pace on it.

38

Patrice Evra's cross is put out behind for a corner by Rodrigo da Costa Alex.

36

United have looked flat in this first half, lacking tempo.

34
Yellow Card
 

Paul Scholes is booked for a challenge on Florent Malouda.

32

Florent Malouda ball for Nicolas Anelka is too strong and goes out for a throw-in.

30

Nicolas Anelka goes down under a Gary Neville challenge in the area but the referee says no penalty.

28

John Terry's free kick is poor and goes out for a throw-in.

26

Ji-Sung Park goes down in the area but United's penalty claims are waved away by the referee.

24

Frank Lampard's corner is comfortably cleared by United.

22

Dimitar Berbatov lools for a way through but is forced out to the left flank.

19
Goal
 

Joe Cole scores with a back heel at the near post from Florent Malouda's pull-back.

17

Chelsea are enjoying good possession but struggling to find a way through.

15

Nemanja Vidic makes a great clearance with Frank Lampard threatening.

13

Patrice Evra's shot on the angle is straight at Petr Cech.

11

Souza Deco is looking good in midfield for the Blues.

9

Dimitar Berbatov heads wide from Luis Antonio Valencia's cross.

7

Florent Malouda looks tofind Nicolas Anelka but Rio Ferdinand intervenes.

5

Dimitar Berbatov shows great skill to go past his man but his ball into the area can only find Rodrigo da Costa Alex.

3

Chelsea have made a bright start to this clash.

1

Souza Deco's 20-yard drive flies wide of the target.

Kickoff
 

Referee Mike Dean gets this top-of-the-table clash underway.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Didier Drogba is on the subs bench for Chelsea. Therefore Joe Cole keeps his place in the starting line-up.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Dimitar Berbatov replaces the injured Wayne Rooney upfront for United.