Statistics & Post-Match Quotes | Chelsea FC 3-3 Manchester United

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 05: Javier Hernandez of Manchester United (14) celebrates with team mates as he scores their third goal with a header during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on February 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

TEAM STATISTICS

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Chelsea

United

Shots (on target)

20 (8) 16 (9)

Passes Completed

306 379

Passing Accuracy

76.7% 76.7%

Ball Possession

44% 56%

Tackles won

8 29

Interceptions

27 13

Fouls

16 15

Corners

6 6

Offsides

0 4

PLAYER STATISTICS

* David de Gea (goalkeeper): 16/27 passing (59%), 3 goals conceded, 6 saves

* Jonny Evans (right-center-back): 21/31 passing (68%), 3/8 long balls, 2 tackles, 4 interceptions, 6 clearances, 0 shots blocked, 0 fouls, 4/8 aerial duels (50%)

* Rio Ferdinand (center-back): 25/28 passing (89%), 1/3 long balls, 0 tackles, 1 interception, 11 clearances, 0 shots blocked, 0 fouls, 6/9 aerial duels (67%)

* Rafael (right-back | substituted off 64'): 23/31 passing (74%), 1 key pass, 0/2 crosses, 1/3 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 9 tackles, 1 interception, 5 clearances, 0 shots blocked, 2 fouls, 4/7 aerial duels (57%)

* Patrice Evra (left-back): 31/41 passing (76%), 0 key passes, 0/3 crosses, 0/1 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 1 tackle, 0 interceptions, 2 clearances, 0 shots blocked, 3 fouls, 3/3 aerial duels (100%)

* Michael Carrick (central-midfield): 66/76 passing (87%), 1 key pass, 0/0 crosses, 8/9 long balls, 0/1 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 2 tackles, 3 interceptions, 1 shot (1 on target)

* Ryan Giggs (central-midfield): 50/64 passing (78%), 6 key passes, 2/4 crosses, 3/5 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 2 tackles, 1 interception, 0 shots, 1 assist

* Antonio Valencia (right-winger): 38/51 passing (75%), 1 key pass, 1/3 crosses, 2/3 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 2 successful dribbles, 3 fouls won, 9 tackles, 1 interception, 0 shots

* Ashley Young (left-winger | substituted off 53'): 16/24 passing (67%), 0 key passes, 1/6 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 2 successful dribbles, 1 foul won, 1 tackle, 0 interceptions, 2 shots (1 on target)

* Danny Welbeck (striker | substituted off 84'): 20/23 passing (87%), 0 key passes, 0/0 crosses, 2/2 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 1 foul won, 3 shots (1 on target)

* Wayne Rooney (striker): 37/54 passing (69%), 0 key passs, 0/0 crosses, 5/7 long balls, 0/2 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 1 foul won, 8 shots (5 on target), 2 goals (2 penalties)

* Javier Hernandez (striker | substituted on 53'): 6/10 passing (60%), 2 key passes, 0/1 crosses, 0/1 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 2 shots (1 on target), 1 goal

* Paul Scholes (central-midfielder | substituted on 64'): 24/27 passing (89%), 0/0 crosses, 3/4 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 2 tackles, 1 interception, 0 shots

* Park Ji-sung (right-winger | substituted on 84'): 6/7 passing (86%), 1 key pass, 0/1 crosses, 1/1 long ball, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 0 tackles, 0 interceptions, 0 shots

POST-MATCH QUOTES

Sir Alex Ferguson | MUFC manager (courtesy of Sky Sports)

(Overall thoughts on the match...) "I think it’s two dropped points because we played so well. Apart from a period of ten minutes after half-time when we got off to a terrible start and lost two goals, I thought we were the far better team. It's not easy coming back from three-nil and it was a massive effort from our players. It was a great game for the neutral watching. It was fantastic and Chelsea played a great part in it too. Although I thought we were the better team, Chelsea made it an interesting game for anyone watching the match. And I was pleased with my players."

(On Rooney's penalties...) "Wayne has been doing a lot of practice since he missed his last penalty kick [against Bolton] and I think it’s paid off. Our two penalties in the second half were justified and we could have had four penalties in the game."

(On Chicharito coming on...) "We gambled and we had to gamble. To be honest, I maybe should have played Chicharito from the start. When he came on, he just had them on toast really. He really put them under pressure with his movement and positional play. Danny Welbeck has been terrific and he’s going to be a top player. But when Chicharito came on in the second half, it was a different game."

(On de Gea's standout performance...) "Yes, he’s played his part, no question about that. I’m pleased, because we see the talent in the boy. We’re going to trust that talent. Eventually in three or four years’ time, we’re going to see all that. At the moment, yes, he’s made one or two mistakes, the introduction to English football has been different for him. It’s not what he’s used to in Spain. But today he’s shown he’s prepared to get in amongst it, he’s got in a couple of punches and he’s done a great job today."

Wayne Rooney | MUFC striker (courtesy of MUTV)

(On leveling the match after being down 3-0...) "I thought if we could get a goal with a bit of time left there was always a chance. We were controlling the game and thankfully we got an early goal in the second half and the second one not too long after. That gave us time to chase the equaliser. Everyone knows most teams would lie down and accept defeat at 3-0. But we fought well, fought hard and even if we fought on and we got 3-1, 3-2 and lost the game then we could have come off and say we'd given our all, but we were thankful we got the point - but still a bit disappointed we didn't get three. I'm sure they (City's players) will have all been watching and they've probably gone out at 3-0, thinking the game's over, but we know they won't have liked to have seen the way we fought back and fought for each other. It shows our team spirit, how much we work for each other and once we're like that, we're very difficult to beat."

(On converting his penalties...) "I've missed the last two (penalties) before today and the manager asked me if I wanted to continue taking them. There was no doubt in my mind. I'm a confident player and I've been practicing penalties for the last two or three years now, since being the penalty taker, and there was no doubt in my mind I was going to score."

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