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Mon 01 Apr 2013 12:30 (Attendance: 40,704)

PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V MANCHESTER UNITED

The old Easter tradition of games on Saturday and Monday is revived for these two top-flight sides alone. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton find their second wind…


TALKING POINTS
Manchester United and the holders, Chelsea, have had just 48 hours to prepare for this huge FA Cup quarter-final replay and a second chance to turf the Mancunians out of both domestic knockouts. It is our fourth meeting of the season, with one more to come at Old Trafford on 4 May.

The two clubs are the undisputed heavyweights of the top-flight's last decade. Excluding the Community Shield we have each scooped 10 trophies. No other contender comes close to that tally.

The defending champions have the edge in this competition, however, winning four of the last six finals; it is nine years since Man United lifted the FA Cup. Chelsea were actually London's first FA Cup finalists from the Football League, in 1915 - played at Old Trafford.

KEY STAT
The Blues have lost only two of the last 14 games against Man United at Stamford Bridge in all competitions.


The two clubs had conflicting fortunes in the league this weekend. Man United fielded a strong side and laboured to victory via a deflected goal (while hastening the departure of manager Martin O'Neill from Sunderland, our visitors on Sunday). In contrast the European champions lined up with seven changes and rarely looked likely to take all three points.

As a result Rafael Benitez lies 22 points adrift of his old adversary, Sir Alex Ferguson, whose team have accrued an impressive 77. The Scot has publicly targeted Chelsea's proud, record 2004/05 Premier League points total of 95 and the Mancunians have 24 points to play for after the weekend's action.

No doubt both bosses had some consideration for Monday's massive match and the reduced recovery time. At least United, turfed out of Europe by Real and Jose Mourinho (whose team set that points record), have the luxury of a clear schedule afterwards until the weekend, whereas the Pensioners are back in action as early as Thursday against Rubin Kazan.

David De Gea's outstretched boot is the only reason the game has been shoehorned in. Had the Spanish keeper not twizzled his leg to clear Juan Mata's shot the Blues would have completed a remarkable turnaround.

Mata


Caught cold in the first 15 minutes at Old Trafford, inspired by Eden Hazard, Mata and Oscar, and with Mikel tightening the belt, Chelsea came back to dominate the hosts.

Never the less, the Blues surely cannot afford another insipid start in this game nor any repeat of the 1999 quarter-final clash. Having battled magnificently in the first quarter-final match in Manchester despite Roberto Di Matteo's first-half dismissal, the Blues blew chance after chance in the replay at the Bridge - one Dennis Wise shot beat Peter Schmeichel but was blocked by Chelsea striker Tore Andre Flo, who had tumbled in the box.

Man United's effectiveness and Dwight Yorke's efficiency made it a 0-2 defeat for Gianluca Vialli's side. The less said about the 3-5 game of the previous January, the better.

The reward for the winners is a date at Wembley with Manchester City on 14 April that, in Chelsea's case, would necessitate the rescheduling of the top-four showdown with Tottenham.

If the scores in this game are level after 90 minutes, 30 minutes extra time will be played. If there is still no winner the tie will be decided on penalties. Many supporters will hope that does not happen so they can watch the Blues' U19s contest the NextGen final at 5pm on Eurosport 2 and HD, with an 8pm showing on Chelsea TV.

KEY TWEET
In 2010 manager Carlo Ancelotti played an April fools joke on his players. What was it? #CFCPMB


Chelsea have won three of our last five penalty shoot-outs, the last being at the Allianz Arena against Bayern Munich.

Manchester Utd have lost their last two penalty shoot-outs, to Chelsea in the Community Shield and Everton in the FA Cup semi-final in 2009.


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.

Our overall cup record against the Red Devils in open play is four wins, four draws and 12 defeats.


Chelsea and Man U's season in all competitions
P W D L F A
Chelsea 54 28 12 14 117 65
Man Utd 45 33  5 7 98 52


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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: MANCHESTER UNITED V CHELSEA

TACTICAL BRIEF
Two great old adversaries meet in battle for the fourth time this season. Where might an FA cup semi-final place be won and lost today?

Key battles
After 15 minutes of the first quarter-final match at Old Trafford Chelsea looked every bit a team 20 points inferior to our regular title rivals. Yet for most of the last hour the Blues dominated the match and compressed Man United in their own half for long periods.

Chelsea's slow starting has been a consistent problem and mindful of fatigue setting in later, both managers will want to draw first blood in this replay. It could be a frenetic opening.

The Blues' successful comeback from 0-2 down was founded on our midfield having the edge over United's Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley. That allowed the three most incisive and creative players - Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar - to be found in space more readily. Mata was at his matadorian best during that second-half rally and Hazard especially exposed the hosts' weakness in wide defensive positions.

The Blues will have to deal much better with the threat of Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney, who have developed an alarming alacrity for scoring against the Londoners. The Mexican now has seven in 10 against Chelsea while, following a barren first five years, his Scouse teammate now has 12 in 22.

Rooney and former England teammate Rio Ferdinand (perhaps fortunate to escape punishment for his off-the-ball clattering of Fernando Torres) are likely to start after sitting out United's victory at Sunderland on Saturday lunchtime.

Chelsea could recall Mata, Hazard, David Luiz, Demba Ba, Ashley Cole and other fully rested internationals, as well as Ramires, who played just 20 minutes of the Southampton defeat.

Chelsea v Man United

United found Ramires's surging second-half incursions difficult to deal with at Old Trafford - it was arguably the Brazilian's best showing in centre midfield. The Blues will hope his relentless energy is infectious, especially later in the game when the lack of rest between games kicks in.

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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: MANCHESTER UNITED V CHELSEA

WE HAVE HISTORY
Chelsea and Manchester United are drawn together for the 11th occasion in the FA Cup. Man United have won eight with the Blues winning two, including most recently the final at Wembley in 2007.

That was the first climax of the competition to be staged at the redeveloped stadium.Man United had regained the Premier League title after back-to-back triumphs for José Mourinho's Blues and this was the Londoners' opportunity to claw something back and write a small piece of history in the process.

In the new stadium, escalator failures were among the teething problems, and on the pitch the match was an intriguing contest, not a feast of goals befitting the occasion. The two great rivals could not be separated over the 90 minutes, though Chelsea increasingly controlled the game.

With five minutes of extra time remaining the master of Wembley, Didier Drogba, intervened. The centre-forward clipped a Mikel ball sideways to Frank Lampard, who instantly and intuitively found the Ivorian with a return pass that bisected the United defence. Drogba clipped the ball past the outrushing Edwin van der Sar and celebrated what would prove to be the winner with the Chelsea hordes.

The winner


Our 5-4 extra-time win in this season's Capital One Cup was only our second win against Man United in six cup meetings at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have lost just two of the last 14 games against United at Stamford Bridge in all competitions.


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
2012/13 Quarter-final Old Trafford Drew 2-2

 

 

FA CUP QUARTER-FINAL LINE-UPS
Manchester United 2-2 Chelsea
Sunday 10 March, 2013
Attendance 75,196

Manchester United
De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra (c); Nani, Carrick, Cleverley, Kagawa; Rooney, Hernandez.
Substitutes Valencia for Nani (45+1), Van Persie for Hernandez (62), Welbeck for Kagawa (75)
Booked None
Scorers Hernandez (4), Rooney (10)

Chelsea
Cech; Azpilicueta, Cahill, D Luiz, Cole; Ramires, Lampard (c); Moses, Mata, Oscar; Ba.
Substitutes Mikel for Lampard (52), Hazard for Moses (52), Torres for Ba (77).
Booked Azpilicueta, D Luiz, Hazard
Scorers Hazard (58), Ramires (67)


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 166
Chelsea wins 45
United wins 72
Draws 49


Biggest win at Stamford Bridge for each team
Chelsea 5-0 Man Utd - 03/10/1999 - Premier League
Chelsea 0-4 Man Utd - 29/11/1947 - Division One


DAYS SINCE
Chelsea lost an FA Cup game in open play: 1,850
Man United lost an away game: 132
Arsenal won a trophy: 2,871
Liverpool won the league: 8,366

 

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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: MANCHESTER UNITED V CHELSEA

CHELSEA STATS
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 28 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
Mar 2 West Brom (h) W 1-0
Mar 7 Steaua Bucharest (Europa League a) L 0-1
Mar 10 Manchester United (FA Cup a) D 2-2
Mar 28 Steaua Bucharest (Europa League h) W 3-1
Mar 17 West Ham (h) W 2-0
Mar 30 Southampton (a) L 1-2


Scorers Mata 18, Torres 16 (1 pen), Lampard 14 (5 pens), E Hazard 12 (2 pens), Oscar 9 (1 pen), Ramires 8, Cahill 6, Ivanovic 6, Moses 6, Ba 4, D Luiz 4 (2 pens), Terry 4, Bertrand 2, Sturridge 2, Cole 1, Marin 1, Romeu 1 (pen), own goals 3. Total 117


Chelsea's next three games
Thu 4 April Rubin Kazan (Europa League) home 8.05pm
Sun 7 Apr Sunderland home 3pm
Thu 11 Apr Rubin Kazan (Europa League) away 5pm


MAN UNITED STATS

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
Mar 10 (QF) Chelsea (h) D 2-2



FA Cup scorers Hernandez 4, Rooney 3, Cleverley 1, Giggs 1 (pen), Nani 1, Van Persie 1. Total 11.


Manchester United are unbeaten in 23 domestic matches since losing to Norwich in November last year.

United have won 13 of their 21 away games in all competitions, losing four.

They are unbeaten in 10 away games since their defeat by Galatasaray in the Champions League on 20 November. Their last domestic away defeat was at Carrow Road three days earlier when Norwich won by the only goal.


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: 9,643
Played: 1,491
Won: 892
Drawn: 335
Lost: 264

 

Last six results
Feb 23 QPR (a) W 2-0
Mar 2 Norwich (h) W 4-0
Mar 5 Real Madrid (Champions League h) L 1-2
Mar 10 Chelsea (FA Cup h) D 2-2
Mar 16 Reading (h) W 1-0
Mar 30 Sunderland (a) W 1-0

THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Phil Dowd is the official for his third Chelsea game this season, the others being our wins against Newcastle and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.


OTHERWISE ENGAGED
There are no suspensions.

David Luiz is one booking away from a two-match domestic ban for reaching 10 yellow cards before the second Sunday of April. Ramires has eight bookings.

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Chelsea v Manchester United

Chelsea

  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 3
    Ashley Cole Substitution
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires
  • 12
    John Mikel
  • 17
    Eden Hazard
  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar Substitution
  • 10
    Juan Mata
  • 29
    Demba Ba Substitution

Substitutions

  • 13
    Victor Moses Substitution
  • 8
    Frank Lampard
  • 26
    John Terry
  • 9
    Fernando Torres Substitution
  • 34
    Ryan Bertrand Substitution
  • 22
    Ross Turnbull
  • 30
    Yossi Benayoun
Shots on Target
8
3
Shots off Target
11
6
Corners
3
2
Fouls
12
9
Most fouls
Luiz
Valencia
2
2
Yellow Cards
4
1
Red Cards

Man Utd

  • 1
    David De Gea
  • 4
    Phil Jones
  • 12
    Chris Smalling
  • 5
    Rio Ferdinand
  • 3
    Patrice Evra
  • 7
    Antonio Valencia
  • 16
    Michael Carrick
  • 23
    Substitution Tom Cleverley
  • 17
    Substitution Luis Nani
  • 19
    Substitution Danny Welbeck
  • 14
    Javier Hernandez

Substitutions

  • 36
    Marnick Vermijl
  • 20
    Substitution Robin van Persie
  • 11
    Substitution Ryan Giggs
  • 25
    Nick Powell
  • 13
    Anders Lindegaard
  • 18
    Substitution Ashley Young
  • 26
    Shinji Kagawa

CHELSEA v MAN UTD - 01/04/13

Chelsea vs Manchester United Highlights


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MATCH REPORT:CHELSEA 1 MANCHESTER UNITED 0

Summary
The Blues march into the semi-finals of the FA Cup and a Wembley date with Manchester City as Demba Ba scored the only goal of the game to overcome Manchester United.

After a fairly quiet opening 45 minutes, Ba broke the deadlock early in the second half when he raced on to an intelligent Juan Mata pass and crashed a first-time volley beyond David de Gea and into the top corner.

Petr Cech pulled off a magnificent stop to deny Javier Hernandez shortly after as United looked to hit back, before Eden Hazard and Juan Mata both went close.

In the end, however, we ran out deserved winners, and offered the perfect response to Saturday's defeat at Southampton.

You simply cannot back against us in the FA Cup, and we now turn our attention towards Thursday's Europa League quarter-final against Rubin Kazan.

Team news
With the game coming less than 48 hours after Saturday's defeat at Southampton, Rafael Benitez understandably made a number of changes, with only Cech, Branislav Ivanovic John Mikel Obi and Oscar retaining their places in the side.

David Luiz and Ashley Cole came into the back four, with John Terry and Ryan Bertrand dropping down to the bench, while in midfield Ramires replaced Frank Lampard. Juan Mata and Eden Hazard were both handed starts, at the expense of Victor Moses and Marko Marin, and in attack Ba was preferred to Fernando Torres.

For Manchester United, there was no Wayne Rooney, while Robin van Persie started on the bench.

First half
With both sides eager not to surrender the early initiative, much of the opening 15 minutes was played in midfield, with goalscoring opportunities at both ends proving elusive.

The visitors appeared content to get men behind the ball and look to hit us on the break, and it almost paid dividends when Danny Welbeck was left isolated with Ivanovic, although the Serbian deserved credit for the manner in which he dispossessed the striker.

The first moment of worry for the Blues came in the 20th minute when Cole pulled up with what looked like a hamstring problem as he challenged for the ball with Welbeck. It was instantly clear the left-back was in serious trouble, and so it proved as after a quick assessment he was withdrawn from the action and replaced by Bertrand.

Chelsea v Manchester United

As the half-hour mark approached we tested David de Gea for the first time in the game as Hazard fed Ba, but the 'keeper denied the Senegalese international low down with his feet.

Moments later we were awarded a free-kick just outside the penalty area, but David Luiz's effort was high and harmless.

Eight minutes before the break United had their first attempt on goal, although it was a speculative effort from distance by Nani, who watched it fizz wide of Cech's left-hand post, while Hazard fired narrowly over the bar at the other end.

The creative players on show, on both sides, had struggled to exert their influence during the opening 40 minutes, but Cech was forced into an unconventional save to thwart Javier Hernandez as the striker's long-range strike appeared to hit a divot and almost wrong-footed the Chelsea goalkeeper.

Two minutes before half-time the visitors thought they had a legitimate claim for a penalty after Bertrand and Antonio Valencia tangled inside the box. Phil Dowd gave the Blues substitute the benefit of the doubt, and replays suggested he'd called it correctly.

Second half
Both teams emerged for the second half unchanged, and within three minutes of the restart we were in front.

Mata picked the ball up deep inside the United half and played a brilliant ball over the head of Rio Ferdinand, where Ba raced on to it and volleyed spectacularly on the turn past the stranded De Gea.

Demba Ba after scoring against Man United

It was a goal of the highest quality and gave us the perfect start to the second half, as well as a deserved lead.

If the first half had been a relatively timid affair, the second was shaping up to be anything but, and Tom Cleverley became the first player to be booked for a nasty lunge on Ramires.

Ba again went close, this time with a header, after some good work by Ramires and Hazard, and on the hour mark Cech pulled off one of the saves of the season to maintain our lead, somehow diverting a point-blank Hernandez header over the bar as everybody inside Stamford Bridge waited for the net to bulge.

Unsurprisingly, Alex Ferguson, sensing the need for a change, introduced Van Persie at the expense of Cleverley, while soon after Ryan Giggs replaced the largely ineffective Nani as the away side looked to get back in the game.

In the 66th minute Hazard was presented with a glorious chance to double our advantage, pouncing on a wayward pass by Michael Carrick and racing clean through, only to drag his shot agonisingly wide of De Gea's post.

The Blues were looking dangerous on the break, and United were having problems dealing with the movement of Hazard, Mata and Oscar as the trio drifted between the lines while searching for openings.

The visitors, however, were still seeing plenty of the ball, and while we were largely limiting them to shots from distance, the threat remained.

With 13 minutes left to play Mata fired over from the edge of the penalty area after Bertrand had done well to win the ball back, while soon after United made their final substitution as Ashley Young replaced Welbeck.

Chelsea were defending well, but with three minutes remaining the visitors saw a wonderful chance go begging as Van Persie ghosted into the box and volleyed over from Patrice Evra's cross.

Chelsea v Manchester United

Almost immediately, we went straight up the other end and came close to putting the game to bed, only for Mata to be denied by De Gea after excellent interchanging between Oscar and Hazard.

Moses, who had replaced Oscar in the final minute of normal time, then had another great chance to finish it, but as he came inside Ferdinand, rather than shooting, he attempted to beat the defender again and lost out.

Over the years United have become notorious for their ability to rescue games late on, but after defending well throughout the game, we deservedly held on for a famous victory in a tournament we have grown to love in recent years.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech (c); Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, David Luiz, Cole (Bertrand 21); Ramires, Mikel; Oscar (Moses 90+1), Mata, Hazard; Ba (Torres 90+3).
Unused substitutes: Turnbull, Terry, Lampard, Benayoun.
Scorer Ba 48
Booked
Bertrand 59, Azpilicueta 76, Mata 88, Oscar 89

Manchester United (4-4-1-1): De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evra (c); Nani (Giggs 65), Jones, Carrick, Cleverley (Van Persie 60); Welbeck (Young 79); Hernandez.
Unused substitutes: Lindegaard, Vermijl, Powell, Kagawa.
Booked Cleverley 54

Referee Phil Dowd
Crowd
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At the moment, we are top of the league with three points more than Manchester City - or the same points if they win their game in hand...

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