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Sun 10 Mar 2013 16:30 (Attendance: 75,196)


From Romania to Greater Manchester - the games keep coming but the competitions change. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton are ready for an away day again…

Excluding the Charity/Community Shield this is the first season Chelsea have ever met the Mancunians in more than one cup competition and, since we knocked them out of the Capital One Cup, our first chance to end their hopes a second time.

For their part, the Red Devils would view dumping the victors in three of the last four FA Cup finals as a crucial step towards sealing another Double.

The Capital One Cup game, featuring two much-changed sides, ended 5-4 to the Blues, including three penalties, one an injury time equaliser converted by Eden Hazard. Man United had led three times but the Blues eased away in extra time.

In fact our last three meetings have produced 20 goals and both teams might play with freedom, mindful of the need to blow poor European results out of their systems. On the anniversary of Chelsea's founding in 1905 it would be nice to put one over the opposition. A crowd of 67,000 saw us draw 1-1 at the Bridge in our debut season.

Chelsea Football Club was born 108 years ago on Sunday: 10 March 1905.

Chelsea have only beaten United twice in the FA Cup - once at the Bridge and once at Wembley (see 'We Have History' for more).

The winner

On recent evidence it is unlikely that after Sunday's match Sir Alex Ferguson's first thought might be to emulate his forebear Sir Matt Busby, who after a 0-2 FA Cup defeat in 1950 marched into the Chelsea dressing room with the words: 'All right boys, we go quietly. You were too good for us.'

Much attention has focused on the controversial dismissal of Nani in the Real defeat. Chelsea fans might be forgiven for comparing the situations when John Terry was sent off against Barcelona by the same referee, Cüneyt Çakir.

Rather than leading 1-0 at home, the Blues were trailing 0-2 at the time, and at Camp Nou - BBC 5 Live commentator Alan Green even announced: 'Standby for the floodgates to open.'

Chelsea clawed back to a magnificent, tie-winning 2-2 through brilliance, resilience and Brazilians, plus a little well-earned luck. The defending champions may need all that again on Sunday to progress to the semi-finals for the sixth time in eight seasons.

Nor should the Turkish referee's decision on Tuesday be the kind that excites talk of 'payback' against Chelsea. On balance the judgment of officials in Chelsea-United games in recent years has, if anything, weighed in United's favour.

For instance, three decisions by officials handed United a two-man advantage and a crucial 3-2 victory in the league this season. At 2-2 with the Blues ascendant, Branislav Ivanovic was adjudged to have denied a clear goalscoring opportunity and was dismissed.

Fernando Torres joined him with a second yellow for 'simulation', despite there being contact from Jonny Evans' boot. And finally Javier Hernandez's winner was tapped in from a clear offside position.

Hopefully there will be no contentious calls this weekend - including any by upset Man United supporters to our overworked emergency services.

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Elsewhere this weekend, Spurs travel to Anfield - a happy hunting ground for them over the last two seasons - with the opportunity to open up a five-point gap between third and fourth in the Premier League.

Fifth-placed Arsenal, who are also out of the FA Cup, were set to play Everton, a place below, but the Toffees instead face Wigan in another of the quarter-finals.

The draw for the FA Cup semi-finals is after our game on Sunday at approx 6.30pm and will be broadcast on ITV 1 and FATV.

Most FA Cup wins
Man Utd 11, Arsenal 10, Tottenham 8, Aston Villa 7, Chelsea 7, Liverpool 7, Blackburn 6, Newcastle 6, Everton 5, Man City 5, The Wanderers 5, WBA 5, Bolton 4, Sheffield Utd 4, Wolves 4, Sheffield Wed 3, West Ham 3.

Manchester United are unbeaten in 20 domestic matches since losing to Norwich City in November last year.

This season FA Cup-holders Chelsea exceeded Blackburn Rovers record of 24 games unbeaten, set in 1884/86. Chelsea's sequence includes one penalty shootout defeat by Everton following a 1-1 draw.

Weekend fixtures

FA Cup quarter-finals
Everton v Wigan 12.45 ITV1
Manchester City v Barnsley 5.30pm - ESPN
Premier League
Norwich v Southampton 3pm
QPR v Sunderland 3pm
Reading v Aston Villa 3pm
West Brom v Swansea 3pm
FA Cup quarter-finals
Millwall v Blackburn 2pm - ESPN
Manchester United v Chelsea 4.30pm - ITV1
Premier League
Newcastle v Stoke 3pm
Liverpool v Tottenham 4pm - Sky Sports

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A wounded Man United are the clear favourites according to bookmakers, but how might Chelsea upset the odds in our favourite cup competition? Former Blue Clive Walker weighs up the possibilities.

Key battles
'We know a top four finish is the club's priority but we do pride ourselves on taking the FA Cup very seriously.

'Several players look likely to return on Sunday with Victor Moses and Ramires having been rested midweek and Juan Mata, Ashley Cole, Gary Cahill, César Azpilicueta may well start.

'For Chelsea against Man United it's always about winning the midfield battle and getting the creative players, especially Mata, on the ball. We played a lot of long balls in Bucharest and that didn't suit Fernando Torres; that's not his game.

'Demba Ba scored an equaliser for Newcastle from the spot at Old Trafford a few years ago, so he's not fazed by the place. He will be hungry for goals and the service to him has to be top drawer.

'We've also seen how, when he holds it up, he brings others into play and Mata has to be on hand, cute and clever on the ball, to affect the outcome. If he has a bright game it could be a good day for the Blues.

'If we have all guns blazing we can put United on the back foot after their own much bigger European disappointment. We have five players on two goals in this competition, so we're finding the net as usual.

'The players will need no special motivation for this anyway. It's a competition we love, it's against a great adversary who you know you have to perform against simply to avoid a big defeat. The players will know they need to find a little bit extra on Sunday.

'We know how United will play - they rarely change. It is all about their wingers getting behind and cutting the ball back. In the league game our defending was poor at times, Robin van Persie and Hernandez being given far too much freedom in and around the box. Our men will have to stay on their feet against Van Persie, not jump in. Stand in front of him; make him beat you.

Mikel and Van Persie

'The wide defenders always have a major role to play against United. Sir Alex Ferguson knows how we play. I wouldn't be surprised to see Antonio Valencia start on the right against Ash. He's not great defensively but he's strong, quick and can open play up.

'I doubt Nani will start. Ferguson might slot Wayne Rooney in on the left or Shinji Kagawa, who seems to be the new Ji-Sung Park: brought in for big games. Kagawa's an intelligent player but so is Azpilicueta who may be asked to handle the Japanese.

'Rooney's state of mind will dominate the build-up after he stayed on the bench on Tuesday. We don't know whether he will be fed up about missing out on a huge game in his career, or champing at the bit to make up for those midweek headlines.'

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Chelsea and Manchester United are drawn together for the 11th occasion in the FA Cup. United have won eight with the Blues winning just two including the most recent at Wembley in 2007.

Chelsea have only beaten Man United twice in the FA Cup, and on neither occasion did victory come at Old Trafford. On Saturday 4 March 1950, Stamford Bridge hosted 70,362 - the biggest crowd of the season on the Fulham Road (the average was just under 65,000) - witnessed a 'bubbling schoolboy brand of spirit, pace and the style that had Manchester United beaten' from a dynamic Chelsea team.

This was a much-anticipated sixth round match-up (pictured below) between the league leaders and Billy Birrell's 10th-placed side and the Pensioners were fired up. A six-minute frenzy from the off punctured the visitors' resistance at the back, with Bobby Campbell, Billy Gray and Hugh Billington the elegant orchestrators.


At the end of the spell Campbell burst into the box and directed a bouncing shot towards goal. The United goalkeeper misjudged his dive horribly and the ball scrambled into the net off his shoulder.

Today the video clip would be endlessly reshown (just ask David De Gea). Even then the United keeper lay prone for some time, betraying a dismay that seemed further to permeate the rest of his teammates too.

The new Chelsea spirit under Birrell extended to the destructive side, with Ken Armstrong and the Aussie Frank Mitchell feisty and energetic in midfield, knocking United out of their stride.

Having weathered a second half rally from Busby's men Chelsea delivered the coup de grace. Billy Gray cleverly deceived the United defence with a back-heel and Roy Bentley hit what some believe was his finest shot, a low left-footer from 22 yards drilled through a narrow gap past John Crompton.

'I've got my fingers crossed,' said the Pensioners' Johnny Harris afterwards, 'but I can't see any team stopping us from getting to Wembley the way our boys are playing.' It was not to be, but when Chelsea did eventually get the better of United in this competition again, it was at Wembley itself.

The FA Cup in 2006/07 was the first to be staged at the newly rebuilt Wembley. LikeTuesday night in the Champions League José Mourinho overcame his managerial rival Sir Alex Ferguson. With five minutes of extra time remaining the two heavyweight rivals could not be separated. Then Didier Drogba intervened, as he always did at Wembley. It took a clever return pass from Frank Lampard and an even cuter finish to decide where the trophy would end up.

Of course the Blues' 1969/70 FA Cup triumph over Leeds was achieved in a replay at Old Trafford, with Chelsea fans occupying the Stretford End. Leeds took the lead on the night but Peter Osgood's diving header levelled things up and David Webb's extra-time goal brought the trophy to Stamford Bridge for the first time.

Having previously enjoyed a remarkable record at United's home over the years, we have lost six of our last eight matches at Old Trafford, including the last three. Our only win in that time was during the Double season when we won 2-1 with goals from Joe Cole and Didier Drogba.

Chelsea v Manchester United in the FA Cup
1907/08 Second round Bank Street United won 1-0
1949/50 Quarter-final Stamford Bridge Chelsea won 2-0
1962/63 Fifth round Old Trafford United won 2-1
1978/79 Third round Old Trafford United won 3-0
1987/88 Fourth round Old Trafford United won 2-0
1993/94 Final Wembley United won 4-0
1995/96 Semi-final Villa Park United won 2-1
1997/98 Third round Stamford Bridge United won 5-3
1998/99 Quarter-final Old Trafford Drew 0-0
1998/99 Quarter-final replay Stamford Bridge United won 2-0
2006/07 Final Wembley Chelsea won 1-0 aet


Other cup meetings

League Cup
1970/71 Fourth round Old Trafford United won 2-1
2002/03 Quarter-final Old Trafford United won 1-0
2004/05 Semi-final 1st leg Stamford Bridge Drew 0-0
2004/05 Semi-final 2nd leg Old Trafford Chelsea won 2-1


UEFA Champions League
2007/08 Final Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow Drew 1-1 - United won 6-5 on pens aet
2010/11 Quarter-final 1st leg Stamford Bridge United won 1-0
2010/11 Quarter-final 2nd leg Old Trafford United won 2-1

Chelsea v Manchester United in all competitions
Games played 165
Chelsea wins 45
United wins 72
Draws 48

Biggest win at Man Utd for each team
Man Utd 6-0 Chelsea - 26/12/1960 - old Division One
Man Utd 0-4 Chelsea - 24/08/1968 - old Division One

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Chelsea in the FA Cup
Winners: 1970, 1997, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012
Runners-up: 1915, 1967, 1994, 2002
Semi-finalists: 1911, 1920, 1932, 1950, 1952, 1965, 1966, 1996, 2006

Chelsea are unbeaten in 27 FA Cup matches in open play (excluding penalty shoot-outs). Our last defeat in the competition was at Barnsley five years ago in March 2008.

Last 10 seasons in the FA Cup
2002/03 - Quarter-final
2003/04 - 5th round
2004/05 - 5th round
2005/06 - Semi-final
2006/07 - Winners
2007/08 - Quarter-final
2008/09 - Winners
2009/10 - Winners
2010/11 - 4th round
2011/12 - Winners


Last six results
Feb 17 Brentford (FA Cup h) W 4-0
Feb 21 Sparta Prague (Europa League h) D 1-1
Feb 24 Manchester City (a) L 0-2
Feb 27 Middlesbrough (FA Cup 5 a) W 2-0
Mar 2 West Brom (h) W 1-0
Mar 7 Steaua Bucharest (Europa League a) L 0-1


Scorers Mata 17, Torres 15 (1 pen), Lampard 13 (5 pens), E Hazard 10 (2 pens), Oscar 9 (1 pen), Ramires 7, Cahill 6, Ivanovic 6, Moses 6, Ba 4, D Luiz 4 (2 pens), Bertrand 2, Sturridge 2, Terry 2, Cole 1, Marin 1, Romeu 1 (pen), own goals 3. Total 109


Chelsea's next three games
Thu 14 Mar Steaua Bucharest (Europa Lge rd of 16) home 8.05pm
Sun 17 Mar West Ham home 4pm
Sun 31 Mar Southampton away 4pm


Frank Lampard needs one goal to reach 200 goals for Chelsea and three to equal our all-time top scorer Bobby Tambling.

If selected, Frank will make his 550th start and also his 50th FA Cup start for Chelsea

Formed 1878 (as Newton Heath Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway).

Man United in the FA Cup
Winners: 1909, 1948, 1963, 1977, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004.
Runners-up: 1957, 1958, 1976, 1979, 1995, 2005, 2007.

This season's FA Cup campaign
Jan 5 (3) West Ham (a) D 2-2
Jan 16 (Rep) West Ham (h) W 1-0
Jan 26 (4) Fulham (h) W 4-1
Feb 18 (5) Reading (h) W 2-1


FA Cup scorers Hernandez 3, Rooney 2, Cleverley 1, Giggs 1 (pen), Nani 1, Van Persie 1. Total 9.
Man United have won 19 of their 22 games at Old Trafford in all competitions Only Tottenham, Cluj and Real Madrid have been victorious at the Theatre of Dreams this term.

Their defeat to Real Madrid on Tuesday ended a run of 10 successive wins at Old Trafford.

United were knocked out of last season's FA Cup in the fourth round by Liverpool.

They last lost at home in the FA Cup in January 2010 when Championship side Leeds won by the only goal. United have won six successive home games in the FA Cup since then.

Last 10 seasons in the FA Cup
2002/03 - 5th round
2003/04 - winners
2004/05 - runners-up
2005/06 - 5th round
2006/07 - runners-up
2007/08 - quarter-final
2008/09 - semi-final
2009/10 - 3rd round
2010/11 - semi-final
2011/12 - 4th round

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson
Days in charge: 9,621
Played: 1,488
Won: 890
Drawn: 334
Lost: 264




Last six results
Feb 10 Everton (h) W 2-0
Feb 13 Real Madrid (Champions League a) D 1-1
Feb 18 Reading (FA Cup h) W 2-1
Feb 23 QPR (a) W 2-0
Mar 2 Norwich (h) W 4-0
Mar 5 Real Madrid (Champions League h) L 1-2

The referee is Howard Webb. This is his fourth Chelsea and third Man United match of the season. There were no red cards or penalties awarded in any of those games.

There are no suspensions.

David Luiz and Ramires are two bookings away from a two-match domestic ban for reaching 10 yellow cards before the second Sunday of April.

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Manchester United v Chelsea

Man Utd

  • 1
    David De Gea
  • 2
    Rafael Da Silva
  • 6
    Jonny Evans
  • 5
    Rio Ferdinand
  • 3
    Patrice Evra
  • 16
    Michael Carrick
  • 23
    Tom Cleverley
  • 17
    Luis Nani Substitution
  • 26
    Shinji Kagawa Substitution
  • 10
    Wayne Rooney
  • 14
    Javier Hernandez Substitution


  • 19
    Danny Welbeck Substitution
  • 8
    Oliveira Anderson
  • 15
    Nemanja Vidic
  • 7
    Antonio Valencia Substitution
  • 18
    Ashley Young
  • 20
    Robin van Persie Substitution
  • 40
    Ben Amos
Shots on Target
Shots off Target
Most fouls
van Persie
Yellow Cards
Red Cards


  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 3
    Ashley Cole
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires
  • 8
    Substitution Frank Lampard
  • 13
    Substitution Victor Moses
  • 10
    Juan Mata
  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar
  • 29
    Substitution Demba Ba


  • 17
    Substitution Eden Hazard
  • 34
    Ryan Bertrand
  • 12
    Substitution John Mikel
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 9
    Substitution Fernando Torres
  • 22
    Ross Turnbull
  • 26
    John Terry

MAN UTD v CHELSEA - 10/03/13

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Our unbeaten FA Cup run continues thanks to a second-half fight back at Old Trafford.

We have not lost a game in this competition in open play since this quarter-final stage five years ago, and thanks to second-half goals from Eden Hazard and Ramires, we live to fight another day in 2013 after a terrible start away to the Premier League leaders.

United went two up inside 10 minutes, Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney putting them in control, and only rarely in a tame first half did Chelsea threaten to make it a contest.

Frank Lampard and Demba Ba both brought saves from David De Gea, but the home side looked more likely to add to their tally and we had Petr Cech to thank for keeping us in the tie after a string of important saves.

After the break it was a different story as Chelsea wrestled the initiative back from our hosts and pulled one back through a beauty from sub Hazard before Ramires swept home on the break to level the scores 23 minutes from time.

It set up a grandstand finish in which either side could win it, United through Robin van Persie and Chelsea through Juan Mata, but in the end there could be no winner and so our amazing season goes on with yet another fixture to add to the calendar.

Team news
Ba, cup-tied on Thursday, was back in the side as one of seven changes from our defeat to Steaua Bucharest, preferred to Fernando Torres in attack.

John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Ryan Bertrand all dropped to the bench with David Luiz the only surviving defender in the 11. Frank Lampard was captain alongside Ramires in deep midfield, with Victor Moses and Juan Mata back in with Oscar behind the striker.

United left Robin van Persie on the bench following their midweek Champions League exit to Real Madrid, as Javier Hernandez started with Wayne Rooney up front.

First half
Underdogs as we sought to defend our FA Cup crown, the one thing Chelsea did not want to do was concede early, so there would have been despair in the dugout to see United gifted two early goals within 10 minutes of the start.

With the first meaningful attack of the game, United went ahead, owing to a rare mistake from Cech. Michael Carrick sent a long pass from midfield into the Chelsea area, and with the goalkeeper hesitating, Hernandez was able to peel off Gary Cahill and send a looping header into the empty net.

Before the Blues had time to respond, the home side had doubled their lead. A swift counter attack ended with Nani being tripped by Moses on the United left. Rooney bent in the free-kick which evaded everybody, bouncing in front of Cech and into the far corner.

Man U v Chelsea

Chelsea's first chance to get back into the game came on 19 minutes, but it came purely through luck, with Rafael misplacing a dangerous square ball straight to Moses, who saw his shot blocked by the legs of a defender without working David De Gea in the United goal.

Ba and Mata then linked up inside the United half, the latter squaring for Lampard, seeking his 200th Chelsea goal, to bend into the goalkeeper's arms.

United were soon back on top though, and threatened to go further ahead with another typical fast counter, Nani crossing low for Hernandez who arrived before Azpilicueta but flicked his shot wide of the near post.

Cech then had to save excellently twice, first from a low Rooney shot, and then from a David Luiz header after the defender headed the rebound back towards goal. From the resultant corner Tom Cleverley eventually hit the target again with a vicious drive, but Cech held on.

Man United v Chelsea

There was more work for De Gea from Ba as the Blues improved, but United were still the more convincing side, and with a two-goal lead, they did not need to take any unnecessary risks. Carrick was rarely caught ahead of the ball, and when it did bypass him, Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand were well placed to clear.

Chelsea's best move of the half involved Mata and Moses, the Spaniard back-heeling for the Nigerian inside the area, but he then miscued his shot way, way wide when a much-needed goal looked likely. Azpilicueta then beat Shinji Kagawa but could not find a team-mate with his cross, and when United countered, the full-back was cautioned for a trip on Hernandez.

It had not been a good half.

Second half
Rafael Benitez made no substitutions at the break, but within six minutes of the restart was making a double switch. Lampard and Moses came off, John Mikel Obi and Hazard their replacements. Just previously Ramires had burst forward and shot wide.

Chelsea now had a greater urgency and United were spending more and more time on the back foot, but a breakthrough still looked unlikely.

Then, Hazard found a yard of space on the edge of the United area, and bent a wicked effort into the far corner with De Gea stranded. Game on.

Man U v Chelsea

Nine second-half minutes passed with little in the way of action, United replacing Hernandez with Van Persie, and neither side looking like scoring.

Chelsea won possession down the left, the ball finding its way to Oscar inside the United half, and after taking a touch he played it to Ramires on his right. With Evans between him and the goal, the Brazilian had plenty to do, but turned his marker one way then the other to find space to shoot and then calmly slotted the ball low into the far corner. It was a quite superb equaliser.

Old Trafford was stunned, United were wounded. How would they react?

Van Persie almost fired them back ahead but twice saw efforts blocked, and then the Dutchman opted to go alone on the counter instead of playing in fellow sub Danny Welbeck, but could not find his way through the Chelsea defence.

Mata brought another save from De Gea and sub Torres won us a fruitless corner as thoughts of a replay began to enter the mind, when such a game could go ahead is anyone's guess.

Thirty seconds before the end of normal time it all looked academic, Mata bringing down David Luiz's pass, turning Evans and shooting low from six yards. Nine times out of 10 it would be a goal, but this time De Gea stuck out a leg, as he does so well, and diverted it around the post.

There was still time after for Hazard to sting the keeper's palms, but he would not be beaten again.

From being dead and buried, we had been prevented a last-minute winner at the home of the league leaders. We might not have won, but Chelsea, simply, do not lose in the FA Cup.

Manchester United (4-4-2): De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra (c); Nani (Valencia 45+1), Carrick, Cleverley, Kagawa (Welbeck 75); Rooney, Hernandez (Van Persie 62).
Unused subs Amos, Vidic, Anderson, Young.
Goals Hernandez 4, Rooney 10

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Azpilicueta, Cahill, David Luiz, Cole; Ramires, Lampard (c) (Mikel 52); Moses (Hazard 52), Mata, Oscar; Ba (Torres 77).
Unused subs Turnbull, Terry, Ivanovic, Bertrand.
Goals Hazard 58, Ramires 67
Booked Azpilicueta 41, David Luiz 54, Hazard 75

Referee Howard Webb
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