Arsenal get a boost as Chelsea comeback to beat Manchester United

Chelsea 2 – Manchester United 1 (Premier League, March 1, 2011) (Longer highlights & extended highlights.) Chelsea and Man United started the match at an electric pace with the Pensioners having the better of the chances as Florent Malouda tested Van der Sar early on. But Chelsea didn’t score, Manchester United got more and more into the game, and in the 28th minute Wayne Rooney took the ball off Nani, headed goalwards and drilled a low rocket past Cech into the near post. Chelsea did have chances thereafter but a fantastic stop from Edwin Van der Sar denied the hosts in melee from a free-kick. (First half highlights) In the 54th minute David Luiz (superb match) got on the end of Ivanovic’s knockdown before Evra and he volleyed a stunner past Van der Sar and into bottom corner. A minute after David Luiz got away with a possible red card for a trip on Rooney, ref Atkinson awarded Chelsea a 77th minute penalty for a debatable foul from Smalling on Zhirkov, and Frank Lampard stepped up and smashed in the spot-kick. Yuri Zhirkov almost added a third when he hit the post. United got ragged in the final stages, evidenced when Nemanja Vidic collect a second yellow for bundling over Ramires in the 92nd minute.

Post match interview: Carlo Ancelotti, Frank Lampard, Michael Essien & Sir Alex Ferguson.