skip to content
Frank Lampard takes a short corner.
Nemanja Vidic is shown a red card for second bookable offence. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ramires by Nemanja Vidic. Free kick taken by Ramires.
The referee shows Ryan Giggs a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Ryan Giggs. Direct free kick taken by Ramires.
Nemanja Vidic concedes a free kick for a foul on Didier Drogba. Free kick taken by Didier Drogba.
Shot from just outside the area by Darren Fletcher misses to the right of the target.
Centre by Luis Nani, clearance made by Frank Lampard.
Fabio Da Silva takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
The ball is delivered by Ryan Giggs, save made by Petr Cech.
Corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line played to the near post, Petr Cech makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard from the right by-line.
Outswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard from the right by-line, clearance by Dimitar Berbatov.
Yury Zhirkov takes a shot. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic.
Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard from the left by-line to the near post, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.
Jose Bosingwa joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marinho David Luiz.
Fabio Da Silva on for Patrice Evra.
Frank Lampard scores a penalty. Chelsea 2-1 Man Utd.Foul by Chris Smalling on Yury Zhirkov, Penalty awarded.
The ball is swung over by Patrice Evra, save by Petr Cech.
Effort on goal by Didier Drogba from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
Ramires produces a cross, clearance by Chris Smalling.
Ryan Giggs takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.
Michael Essien is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Michael Essien challenges Patrice Evra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Giggs restarts play with the free kick.
Nemanja Vidic concedes a free kick for a foul on Didier Drogba. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Didier Drogba.
The ball is swung over by Yury Zhirkov.
Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard from the right by-line, Foul by Didier Drogba on Chris Smalling, free kick awarded. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
Didier Drogba takes a shot. Chris Smalling gets a block in.
Florent Malouda goes off and Yury Zhirkov comes on.
Ryan Giggs comes on in place of Paul Scholes.
Javier Hernandez goes off and Dimitar Berbatov comes on.
The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ramires by Javier Hernandez. Direct free kick taken by Marinho David Luiz.
The ball is swung over by Florent Malouda, Chris Smalling manages to make a clearance.
Shot from close range by Wayne Rooney misses to the right of the target.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Wayne Rooney. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
Javier Hernandez concedes a free kick for a foul on Florent Malouda. Ashley Cole restarts play with the free kick.
Michael Carrick takes a shot. Blocked by John Terry.
The referee cautions Marinho David Luiz for unsporting behaviour. (Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Didier Drogba coming on for Nicolas Anelka. Foul by Marinho David Luiz on Wayne Rooney, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Scholes.
Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Javier Hernandez on John Terry. John Terry takes the free kick.
A goal is scored by Marinho David Luiz from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-1 Man Utd.The assist for the goal came from Branislav Ivanovic.
Ashley Cole crosses the ball, clearance by John O'Shea.
Corner from right by-line taken by Frank Lampard.
Wayne Rooney has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
Nicolas Anelka fouled by Paul Scholes, the ref awards a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Frank Lampard from the free kick, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Branislav Ivanovic fouled by Luis Nani, the ref awards a free kick. Branislav Ivanovic takes the direct free kick.
Ashley Cole sends in a cross, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Nemanja Vidic is booked. Free kick awarded for a foul by Nemanja Vidic on Michael Essien. Ashley Cole shoots direct from the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Florent Malouda.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Branislav Ivanovic. Direct free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
Florent Malouda takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Patrice Evra challenges Fernando Torres unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Frank Lampard from the free kick, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
John Terry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Javier Hernandez. Luis Nani crosses the ball, Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
The ball is delivered by Ramires, John O'Shea makes a clearance.
Florent Malouda crosses the ball, Chris Smalling manages to make a clearance.
Fernando Torres has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
Centre by Fernando Torres.
Wayne Rooney gets on the score sheet with a goal from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 0-1 Man Utd.The assist for the goal came from Luis Nani.
A cross is delivered by Patrice Evra, Ashley Cole makes a clearance.
Patrice Evra takes a shot. Blocked by Marinho David Luiz.
A cross is delivered by Darren Fletcher, clearance by Marinho David Luiz.
The ball is crossed by John O'Shea, save by Petr Cech.
Branislav Ivanovic challenges Luis Nani unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
Luis Nani takes the inswinging corner, save by Petr Cech.
Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Michael Carrick.
Corner taken by Frank Lampard played to the near post, Chris Smalling makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.
Luis Nani gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marinho David Luiz. Frank Lampard takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Luis Nani, Header by Wayne Rooney from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Luis Nani concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Essien. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
Fernando Torres sends in a cross, Chris Smalling makes a clearance.
Luis Nani crosses the ball, John Terry manages to make a clearance.
Nicolas Anelka produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
The referee books Ramires for unsporting behaviour. Ramires gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Carrick. Luis Nani takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Darren Fletcher, John Terry makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Florent Malouda, Header from deep inside the penalty area by John Terry goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Michael Essien takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Smalling.
The official flags Javier Hernandez offside. Direct free kick taken by Marinho David Luiz.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marinho David Luiz on Javier Hernandez. Free kick taken by Javier Hernandez.
Branislav Ivanovic delivers the ball, John O'Shea makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Fernando Torres, John O'Shea makes a clearance.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Blocked by John Terry.
Florent Malouda takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Branislav Ivanovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrice Evra. Free kick taken by Luis Nani.
Unfair challenge on Nemanja Vidic by Fernando Torres results in a free kick. Nemanja Vidic takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Florent Malouda, Foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Nemanja Vidic, free kick awarded. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
Carlo Ancelotti has insisted a Chelsea victory over Manchester United could be crucial to his side's season, despite admitting they had almost no chance of catching the Barclays Premier League leaders.
A game with United at Stamford Bridge is perennially billed as a title decider but it appears all Ancelotti's men can achieve on that front on Tuesday night is to dent their opponents' bid to depose them as champions.
Chelsea go into the game a massive 15 points behind Sir Alex Ferguson's side, whose only realistic challengers now look like second-placed Arsenal.
But with the Blues needing victory to climb back above Tottenham into fourth place, manager Ancelotti believes there is still plenty riding on the outcome.
"It's a very important game for them, for us, for the future of Manchester United and the future of Chelsea," said Ancelotti, whose side put a three-match winless run behind them last week by beating FC Copenhagen in the Champions League.
"We are excited to play this game. We arrive at it at a good moment. We have confidence to do our best and win it. It won't be easy. United have been, until now, the best team in the Premier League.
"For us, it's important to win, not just for the result but to improve our confidence after the victory at Copenhagen, where we played very well."
Captain John Terry claimed after that win that Chelsea could yet benefit from a United meltdown.
But Ancelotti said: "United can decide their own destiny.
"Our aim is different at this moment. Our aim is still to compete with them. We are not mathematically out so we have to keep believing.
"But we need also to be honest, it would be difficult for us to close the gap.
"e want to arrive in the top four - this is our aim."
United are widely considered to lead the Premier League without having played particularly well for much of the season but Ancelotti was complimentary about their performances.
"They've played consistently," he said, acutely aware his side have failed to do the same.
"They've only lost one league game and are playing focused, concentrated.
"That's why they're top of the table."
For the fourth time in the last five games, Ancelotti's big selection decision revolves around whether to play Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba, or both.
Confirming only that both would "be involved" at some stage against United, Ancelotti added: "They can play together without problem. We're working on that in training.
"They don't have a problem playing with each other."
Nicolas Anelka appeared to seal his place in the starting line-up with a deadly double against the Danes.
However, most of the Frenchman's goals have come away from home this season.
Ancelotti said: "Anelka can show his quality when he has space and, at home, it's more difficult for him to find the space. Against United, we won't have a lot of space but, if we can move well at the right time, we can find the space to counter-attack them. He can show his quality."
Wayne Rooney has been cleared to play at Stamford Bridge.
As anticipated, football's complex disciplinary rules have allowed Rooney to escape further sanction for elbowing Wigan's James McCarthy at the DW Stadium on Saturday.
Once referee Mark Clattenburg awarded a free-kick for the incident, it was always going to be long odds against additional sanctions being applied.
As world governing body FIFA remain implacably opposed to the use of video technology they frown severely on matches being re-refereed, no matter how obvious the mistake.
Consequently, once the FA had contacted Clattenburg to establish the free-kick he awarded was for a clash he felt Rooney instigated, there was little option other than to declare the case closed - as unsatisfactory as that may seem.
Chelsea boss Ancelotti has reacted with commendable restraint, knowing Rooney could well end the Blues' minor remaining title hopes at Stamford Bridge.
"I think so," said the Italian when asked whether it was fair that Rooney escaped.
"If this is the rules and the FA decide this, I am happy to play against Rooney."
The question is, will Ferguson actually select the 25-year-old in a game where victory would open up an 18-point gap on the champions?
After all, whilst Rooney took his seasonal tally to seven on Saturday, Javier Hernandez responded to being offered a starting berth by scoring twice to take his total to 13.
Dimitar Berbatov was on the bench despite bagging 20 this term, so whilst it would still be a major surprise if Rooney, whose temperament is now under fresh scrutiny, was axed, Ferguson certainly has options in attack, even if his squad is still badly affected by injury.
Blues bounce back to take points
Champions Chelsea dragged themselves away from the Barclays Premier League abyss as David Luiz and Frank Lampard struck to complete a memorable 2-1 comeback win over Manchester United.
To make matters worse for the leaders, they had skipper Nemanja Vidic sent off for a second bookable offence in stoppage time - meaning he will miss Sunday's trip to Liverpool.
Trailing to Wayne Rooney's fifth goal in as many league games at the break, Chelsea levelled a thrilling encounter when Luiz volleyed home his first goal since a #25million transfer window move from Benfica.
And when Yuri Zhirkov went down under Chris Smalling's challenge in the box 12 minutes from time, Lampard strode up to extended an unbeaten home record against their visitors dating back to 2002.
More importantly, it cut United's advantage over Chelsea - who have a game in hand - to 12 points and open up the possibility of Arsenal closing to within a point if they win their outstanding game against Tottenham.
The annoyance for Sir Alex Ferguson would have been that Luiz appeared fortunate not to have been sent off for tripping Rooney moments before Lampard's winner, having already been booked.
Yet, that was only poetic justice given even the United boss felt his star striker was fortunate not to be banned for his attack on James McCarthy at the DW Stadium on Saturday.
Until he found the net, the 25-year-old's notable involvement of a sustained purple patch for the visitors was to fluff a free header on the edge of the six-yard box.
Then he made the breakthrough. Allowed to creep away from the Chelsea defensive line by John Terry and the otherwise excellent Luiz, Rooney collected Nani's pass with his back to goal and spun round quickly.
Branislav Ivanovic recognised the danger but was powerless to do anything about it as Rooney took aim from 25 yards and beat Petr Cech with a ferocious shot that flew into the bottom corner.
At that stage, United deserved their lead.
Although Chelsea had plenty of possession and Ashley Cole was sarcastically urged to "shoot" by the visiting supporters, Florent Malouda had failed to capitalise on their one opening of note when he drilled a shot from Nicolas Anelka's cross straight at Van der Sar.
The Dutchman's moment of the season was still to come. And it will be talked about long after his retirement at the end of the season.
When he had only been able to push Frank Lampard's long-range free-kick towards Ivanovic, the equaliser looked certain. In fairness to the Serb, the ball did not come towards him at the right height, so he could only bundle the ball rather than strike it.
Still, it was heading over the line until Van der Sar despairingly flung out an arm and somehow managed to push the ball upwards, changing its trajectory so it struck Vidic, who was scrambling back on the line.
Van der Sar then completed mission impossible by clawing the ball away from goal, and dangerous Chelsea feet, so Darren Fletcher could hammer it to safety.
Luiz has thus far proved to be the most astute signing of Chelsea's #75million January purchases, combining solid defensive work with typical South American ability on the ball.
Clearly, he can strike a ball pretty well too as he proved when lashing home a 10-yard volley, from Michael Essien's cross.
Chances came and went with breathtaking regularity at either end. Lampard and substitute Didier Drogba for Chelsea. Rooney for United, drawing frustrated cries from Gary Neville, who was wedged amongst the visiting supporters, cheering for the club he has always loved.
Neville would have presumably taken a pretty dim view of Luiz's blatant trip on Rooney, which would surely have brought a red card had it been spotted by referee Martin Atkinson.
The Yorkshireman missed it, but not Chris Smalling blocking off Yuri Zhirkov at the other end moments later, allowing Lampard to smash home his penalty.
Zhirkov came agonisingly close to grabbing a third goal when his fierce shot struck Vidic and crashed against the post.
Vidic's evening was to end on a sour note though as suddenly United look vulnerable ahead of their Anfield trip.
© 2004 - 2014 football.co.uk