THE DATA DAY: MANCHESTER UNITED V CHELSEA

Posted on: Mon 11 Mar 2013

Two down against Manchester United early on, we rallied to earn a replay the figures suggest was well deserved…

We remain unbeaten in the FA Cup (excluding penalty shootouts) since March 2008, when we were knocked out of the quarter-finals by Barnsley. We have now suffered just one defeat in 38 FA Cup games going back to 2007.

Both teams achieved an 84 per cent success rate in their passing, United completing 460 compared with our 424.

TV's man of the match Juan Mata was our top passer with 68 completed over the 90 minutes and just nine going astray, an 88 per cent hit ratio. Ashley Cole achieved 92 per cent, misplacing just four of 48.

Mata was edged out by Michael Carrick as the game's top man in possession, the England midfielder making 79 successful passes and 10 failed attempts. One of those created the first goal for Javier Hernandez. Tom Cleverley also completed 62, both with an 89 per cent rate.

Replacements Eden Hazard and John Mikel Obi both featured on the ball more than Victor Moses and Frank Lampard, despite 14 minutes less playing time.

Mikel made 31 passes to Lampard's 29, having one less touch of the ball (42), while Hazard had 43 touches to Moses's 25, and completed 16 more passes as he came inside off the wing looking for the ball.

The Blues attempted 20 shots to United's 13, bringing eight saves from David De Gea compared with Petr Cech's two forced by the home side, plus the acrobatic effort to keep out a potential David Luiz own goal.

Hazard, Lampard and Demba Ba had three attempts each, matched by Tom Cleverley and Wayne Rooney from United.

His header yesterday meant Hernandez has scored in six of his last seven games against the Blues.

Chelsea crosses found Manchester United defenders 20 times at Old Trafford, blue shirts just five. Rio Ferdinand (16) and Jonny Evans (13) made a combined 29 attempted clearances compared with 19 attempted by David Luiz (12) and Gary Cahill (7).

Nobody made more interceptions than Ramires's six. Cleverley was next with five, with David Luiz, Shinji Kagawa, Ferdinand and Carrick each making four.