STURRIDGE'S START

Having scored his second goal of the season on his first start, Daniel Sturridge was pleased to have helped the team to a win while playing in his favoured centre-forward role.

The England striker missed out in the previous Capital One Cup round due to injury but fit again and with Fernando Torres suspended, he was the clear choice to take the attack to Manchester United on Wednesday night. It was Sturridge's extra-time goal that put Chelsea ahead for the first time in a match we went on to win 5-4.

'I didn't feel sharp in front of goal,' Sturridge admitted afterwards. 'When you train you can score as many goals as you want but it is completely different in a game, so I am delighted I scored but I know I need to get sharper.

'I am really glad the manager gave me an opportunity up front because that is what I've wanted throughout my Chelsea career and it is one of maybe five starts I have had as a Chelsea striker, so I am just really happy that he has put faith in me on the night and hopefully he will be able to do it again in the future.

'We wanted to put smiles on the fans' faces again because I feel they were disappointed after the weekend,' he added.

'The match was great to play in, I watched the Arsenal game on Tuesday night and it was hard to match that one but I think we got close.'

Sturridge also spoke to Chelsea TV after the game.

In a clip of the interview which can be watched here, the striker talks about playing his first full game of the season.

The full interview is available now via the channel's online access where Roberto Di Matteo's post-match thoughts can also be viewed.