The Busby Babe
Shots (on target)
|16 (8)||15 (5)|
Total Passes Completed
MUFC PLAYER STATISTICS
* David de Gea (goalkeeper): 9/15 passing (60%), 2 goals conceded, 6 saves
* Rio Ferdinand (right-center-back): 34/38 passing (89%), 0 chances created, 4/6 long balls, 2 tackles, 1 interception, 7 clearances (3 effective), 1 shot blocked, 0 fouls
* Jonny Evans (left-center-back): 29/33 passing (88%), 1 chance created, 3/4 long balls, 6 tackles, 1 interception, 12 clearances (9 effective), 0 shots blocked, 0 fouls
* Rafael (right-back): 41/45 passing (91%), 1 chance created, 0/1 crosses, 1/2 long balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 1 tackle, 2 interceptions, 5 clearances (4 effective), 0 shots blocked, 2 fouls, 1 assist
* Patrice Evra (left-back): 34/37 passing (92%), 0 chances created, 0/1 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 2 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 5 tackles, 1 interception, 10 clearances (9 effective), 1 shot blocked, 1 foul
* Michael Carrick (central-midfield): 63/70 passing (90%), 2 chances created, 0/0 crosses, 6/8 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 tackles, 2 interceptions, 0 shots
* Tom Cleverley (central-midfield | substituted off 65'): 29/38 passing (76%), 0 chances created, 0/2 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 4 tackles, 1 interception, 0 shots
* Antonio Valencia (right-winger): 26/30 passing (87%), 3 chances created, 2/5 crosses, 1/2 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 2 fouls won, 2 tackles, 0 interceptions, 2 shots (0 on target), 1 assist
* Ashley Young (left-winger): 44/51 passing (86%), 2 chances created, 0/2 crosses, 3/3 long balls, 1/1 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 2 fouls won, 4 tackles, 0 interceptions, 0 shots
* Wayne Rooney (secondary striker | substituted off 74'): 34/38 passing (89%), 1 chance created, 0/2 crosses, 5/5 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 2 fouls won, 1 tackle, 0 interceptions, 2 shots (0 on target)
* Robin van Persie (striker): 25/34 passsing (74%), 1 key pass, 1/6 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/1 through balls, 2 successful dribbles, 4 fouls won, 6 shots (3 on target), 1 goal
* Javier Hernandez (striker | substituted on 65'): 4/5 passing (80%), 1 key pass, 0/0 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 1 foul won, 3 shots (2 on target), 1 goal
* Ryan Giggs (cental-midfield | substituted on 74'): 22/23 passing (96%), 0 chances created, 0/0 crosses, 1/1 long ball, 0/0 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 0 tackles, 0 interceptions, 0 shots
Sir Alex Ferguson | MUFC manager (courtesy of Sky Sports & MUTV)
(Overall thoughts...) "It's 10 years since we won here [in the league]. I said before the game that we've had some shocking decisions down here. It's very difficult to come here and get all the decisions as it's a very difficult place. The crowd played a part, they were terrific and right behind their team, and we buckled in the minutes before and after half time. I think we gathered ourselves well and got back into the game. They said the winning goal could have been offside, so that's a bit of luck we got, but we started the game so well. We were absolutely brilliant but then, 10 minutes from half time, we lost our way a bit. I couldn't wait for half time, to be honest, then they got the second goal and, from that moment, we had to start performing properly and I think we did that."
(More general thoughts...) "You want to win the big games and Chelsea hadn't lost a match and are top of the league so it was an important win. We could've been four-up as we had some fantastic football through Rafael and Antonio [Valencia] and we tore them apart on that side. I think they took a long time to get their game going but I was worried in the 15-minute period before half time. We could've started the game a bit better in the second half but started to play better when they got their second goal. It was a wake-up call to be honest.
(On Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres being sent off...) "The sending off of the right-back was the turning point for us. I think we would have won it from that point. I put Chicharito [Javier Hernandez] on and he got the winning goal as I think the momentum was with us then. Did he [Torres] intend to dive when he could've gone through? I thought he went down. I think Jonny [Evans] may have just caught him a little bit but you can either carry on running, which he could've done, or gone down. He could've carried on and scored that, which I can't understand about goalscorers. I would never have missed that chance - I'd have taken it any time and never gone down. He did go down and had already been booked so it's his own fault."
(More on Chelsea...) "You have to give credit to Chelsea, they never gave in and you saw David Luiz running around like a whirling dervish, that's his desire to get back into the game. They gambled - it failed obviously - but they showed great desire to try and win the game. You've got to give them credit for that."
(On Chicharito's 2nd-half impact...) "At that point, I had Chicharito warming up and then they had a man sent off so it consolidated that opinion to bring him on. He's brilliant in there. He took a lot of punishment too. There were a lot of tackles against him but he's such a courageous little lad, such a tough, wee cookie, and he's always going to be a threat to defenders. He's scored the winning goal in an important game."
(On Wednesday's upcoming League Cup game at Stamford Bridge...) "Good luck to the referee! But it's a different game with different players. I'm sure they will make changes and we will."
Javier Hernandez | MUFC
match-winning assassin striker (courtesy of Sky Sports)
(Overall thoughts...) "For us, we won the three points and it is very difficult to come here to Stamford Bridge and take the three points, and we're very lucky and happy with that."
(On whether or not he was offsides on his match-winning goal...) "Probably. I think it's a habit that I have to look to the linesman. It was a really difficult game because the final part of the first half they came on, but we were lucky we scored the last goal. Every time we play with our rivals to win the Premier League, every game is tough, so we're very happy we got the three points."
Jonny Evans | MUFC defender
(Overall thoughts...) "I think that's probably the hardest game we've had this season, especially towards the end of the first half. Chelsea really came at us and put the pressure on us. It was a tough game and we were probably lucky to see it out to 2-1 at half-time. Going in 2-1 up was great because it was a bit of an onslaught at that stage, but you've got to show character in games like this. We came out for the second half and you've got to stand up coming here to Stamford Bridge. It's a tough game, we knew we were going to be under pressure. They got the equaliser and obviously the sending offs are in-between that, and we managed to finish the game off in the end."
(On Torres being sent off...) "At the time I didn't feel like I'd made contact. I've seen it again and there was a bit of contact but I didn't feel like it was enough to bring him down. I think he probably realised he wasn't getting the ball, he's gone down and I think the referee's made the right decision and sent him off."