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Rampant United take all three points at the Bridge

ONE GOAL: Manchester United's players celebrate

SPARKS INVARIABLY fly when Chelsea lock horns with Manchester United, and at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, we were not left disappointed as the away side won 3-2 in a pulsating match.

United winning by the odd goal in five was only part of a story in which the hosts were controversially reduced to nine men, with United winning here for the first time in ten years in Premier League games.

Fernando Torres received his second yellow card for diving on 69 minutes and the Blues 's woes were compounded when Branislav Ivanovic received his marching orders for impeding Ashley Young.

At that stage the scores were level at 2-2, and given their two player advantage, it came as no surprise that United's advantage ultimately prevailed.

David Luiz was unfortunate to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when Robin van Perise latched onto Young's pass after some fine work from Wayne Rooney for the opener.

The Chelsea defender looked on in horror to see van Persie's shot hit the post only to rebound in off him after just four minutes.

Chelsea were left dumbstruck and United sensed their unrest. Rio Ferdinand had been alert to early danger, clearing from Juan Mata and Torres, and soon he was to celebrate another United goal.

Again the danger came from the right. Antonio Valencia's low cross caught Chelsea out and van Persie's strike was too good for Petr Cech on twelve minutes.

Having cleared their heads Chelsea responded only to see David de Gea block dangerous efforts from Luiz, only then to produce a fine one handed save from Mata.

Earlier, Jon Obi Mikel saw an impulsive shot hit the post after a deflection off Jonny Evans and Gary Cahill's header was cleared by de Gea.

The Blues' momentum was building and just before the break they had halved the deficit. Wayne Rooney felled Eden Hazard, and from the resulting free kick, Mata struck a precise shot of quality that was top good for de Gea.

The now rampant Blues would not have wanted the half to finish, and Mata almost levelled seconds later but for de Gea saving with his legs again.

Torres's reckless challenge on Tom Cleverly was to prove to be critical to Chelsea's misfortunes but first Ramires was to draw his side level.

The Brazil midfielder out jumped Cleverly to head Oscar's cross into the net. Then came the controversy. Ivanovic needlessly clattered Young on 63 minutes and received straight red card.

Six minutes later and Torres too was heading into the dressing room having dived when alone up front and under pressure from Evans.

Six minutes later and United grabbed what was to prove to be to winner. Javier Hernandez had replaced Cleverley, and his lively presence was to undo a shell shocked Chelsea but once again in controversial circumstances.

Van Persie found himself with room to let fly, but Cech got down low for the save. The ball rebounded to the advanced Rafael to strike, and his low drive was deflected in by Hernandez, but with more than a touch of offside about it.

With only eight outfield players, Chelsea desperately tried for a leveller and almost achieved the impossible, when Ramires fired over late on.

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