Same venue, same teams, different competition from which one will exit tonight for certain. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton take a close look at the follow-up visit from the team from Old Trafford…
It's not that often football proffers the opportunity to gain revenge so rapidly. Even though few of the same players from Sunday's controversial league game are likely to involved, tonight Chelsea will be keen to return to winning ways in the Capital One Cup against our main rival of the past eight seasons.
It is about three steps to Wembley rather than three points, but the league leaders will be keen to earn a place in mid-December's quarter-finals. Unlike some bodies it is in Chelsea's DNA to fight for every piece of silverware, and the competition also provides a platform for the club's future stars to shine. Manchester United clearly feel the same way.
This next phases of this tournament dovetail with the Champions League, the semi-finals scheduled for January before European football hopefully returns to the agenda.
Chelsea were London's first League Cup champions in 1964/65 (pictured below) and have won the title four times - the same number as tonight's visitors. The Blues have had three different winning managers, of course, whereas only Sir Alex Ferguson has lifted it for the Mancunians - the first time being 1991/92.
With reigning champions Manchester City and Newcastle of last season's top six already out, there are eight Barclays Premier League teams remaining in the competition. This is one of three all-top-flight ties.
Chelsea have netted 14 goals in the last five League Cup ties at the Bridge, but Premier League opposition have left victorious in the previous two campaigns.
Naturally some of the focus this evening will be on referee Lee Mason following the officials' immensely costly errors on Sunday. Chelsea have never lost a game Mason has officiated, though four of the 13 were drawn.
Man United defender Jonny Evans must consider Stamford Bridge a lucky ground, and just not because on Sunday his unpunished foul on goal-bound Fernando Torres led to the latter's controversial dismissal.
Just under two years ago he kicked Didier Drogba in the ribs but referee Martin Atkinson took the Ivorian's name rather than show a red card to the Northern Irishman.
Juan Mata's strike against United was his second direct free kick goal in the league this season and our third in all competitions to date. Over the whole of last season the Blues managed just one.
The draw for the fifth round of the League Cup will follow the conclusion of this match and will be carried live on Sky Sports.
Should the scores be level after 90 minutes, 30 minutes' extra time will be played. If there is still no winner the tie will be decided by penalties.
Leeds, Arsenal, Middlesbrough, Aston Villa and Bradford all progressed to the last eight last night.
Fourth round Capital One Cup matches tonight
Chelsea v Manchester United 7.45pm
Norwich v Tottenham 7.45pm
Liverpool v Swansea 8.00pm
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WE HAVE HISTORY
Chelsea and Manchester Utd are drawn against each other in the League Cup for the fourth occasion. The most recent being the 2004/05 two-leg semi-final.
An entertaining first-leg stalemate at the Bridge left the tie completely in the balance, perhaps favouring the Mancunian hosts. It had been 30 years since Man United had lost at that stage and nine years since they had lost a League Cup tie at Old Trafford.
This was the José Mourinho team boasting wingers Arjen Robben and Damien Duff in their pomp - one to which the present Chelsea side is often compared.
The Blues opened the scoring when Didier Drogba cut inside Gary Neville down the left and played the ball for Frank Lampard to hit the ball past Tim Howard with his left foot (pictured below).
Neville gained some revenge by floating in a ball that Ryan Giggs subtly steered over Petr Cech for the equaliser, though the Blues were still heading for the final on away goals.
Chelsea moved up a gear to make that eventuality a certainty, pressing Howard into making several good saves. United always looked second best, though, and Tiago was obstructed when running onto a Duff pass down the right.
The Irishman curled a brilliant free kick into the danger area, with Howard uncertain whether to stick or twist. The free kick defied everyone, hitting the inside of the post to make it 2-1, which was the final score. The Blues beat Liverpool in the final to bring home the first silverware of the Roman Abramovich era.
Our overall cup record against the Red Devils in open play is three wins, three draws and 12 defeats.
United have the upper hand in our cup encounters at Stamford Bridge with three wins from five.
Chelsea have won one and lost three of the four shoot-outs against Manchester United.
Previous League Cup meetings
4th round 28 October 1970 Old Trafford
Manchester Utd……...2 Chelsea…………….....1
Charlton 27 Hollins 34
Quarter-final 17 December 2002 Old Trafford
Manchester Utd……...1 Chelsea………..……...0
Semi-final first leg 12 January 2005 Stamford Bridge
Chelsea …………….……0 Manchester Utd….…0
Semi-final second leg 26 January 2005 Old Trafford
Manchester Utd……...1 Chelsea………..……...2
Giggs 67 Lampard 29
|Other cup meetings at Stamford Bridge|
|1949/50||FA Cup quarter-final||Chelsea won 2-0|
|1997/98||FA Cup third round||Man Utd won 5-3|
|1998/99||FA Cup quarter-final replay||Man Utd won 2-0|
|2010/11||Champions League quarter-final first leg||Man Utd won 1-0|
Chelsea v Manchester United in all competitions
Games played 164
Chelsea wins 44
United wins 72
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
Chelsea won a trophy: 165
Man United won a trophy: 451
Arsenal won a trophy: 2,720
Liverpool won the league: 8,215
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