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Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United: Statistics & Post-Match Quotes (FA Cup)

Statistics & post-match quotes from Sir Alex Ferguson, Chris Smalling, and Rafael Benitez.

Paul Gilham

The Busby Babe



Shots (on target)

20 (5) 12 (2)

Total Passes Completed

319 443

Passing Accuracy

77% 84%

Ball Possession

44% 56%

Tackles won

24 15


21 20


14 11


3 2


1 1


* David de Gea (goalkeeper): 11/13 passing (85%), 1 goal conceded, 4 saves

* Chris Smalling (right-center-back): 40/45 passing (89%), 0 chances created, 4/7 long balls, 2 tackles, 4 interceptions, 6 clearances (2 effective), 4 shots blocked, 1 foul

* Rio Ferdinand (left-center-back): 56/64 passing (88%), 0 chances created, 4/6 long balls, 0 tackles, 2 interceptions, 8 clearances (4 effective), 0 shots blocked, 0 fouls

* Antonio Valencia (right-back): 52/56 passing (93%), 2 chances created, 0/4 crosses, 3/3 long balls, 1 successful dribble, 3 tackles, 3 interceptions, 0 clearances, 0 shots blocked, 2 fouls

* Patrice Evra (left-back): 45/53 passing (85%), 1 chance created, 1/3 crosses, 2/3 long balls, 1 successful dribble, 4 tackles, 1 interception, 2 clearances (1 effective), 0 shots blocked, 1 foul

* Michael Carrick (central-midfield): 66/81 passing (81%), 0 chances created, 0/0 crosses, 7/10 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 1 tackle, 3 interceptions, 2 shots (0 on target)

* Phil Jones (central-midfield): 49/54 passing (91%), 1 chance created, 1/2 crosses, 2/3 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 1 tackle, 4 interceptions, 0 shots

* Nani (right-winger | substituted off 65'): 27/42 passing (64%), 1 chance created, 2/6 crosses, 1/2 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 0 fouls won, 1 tackle, 0 interceptions, 3 shots (0 on target)

* Tom Cleverley (left-midfield | substituted off 61'): 29/32 passing (91%), 1 chance created, 0/1 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 1 foul won, 1 tackle, 3 interceptions, 0 shots

* Danny Welbeck (striker | substituted off 80'): 24/29 passing (83%), 2 chances created, 1/1 crosses, 1/1 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 2 fouls won, 1 shot (0 on target)

* Javier Hernandez (striker): 13/16 passing (81%), 0 chances created, 0/0 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 1 foul won, 3 shots (2 on target)

* Robin van Persie (striker | substituted on 61'): 4/8 passing (50%), 0 chances created, 0/0 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/1 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 2 shots (2 on target)

* Ryan Giggs (central-midfield | substituted on 65'): 17/23 passing (74%), 2 chances created, 1/1 crosses, 1/1 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 1 tackle, 0 interceptions 0 shots

* Ashley Young (left-winger): 4/6 passing (67%), 1 chance created, 1/2 crosses, 0/1 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 1 foul won, 0 tackles, 0 interceptions, 0 shots


Sir Alex Ferguson | MUFC manager (courtesy of MUTV & ITV)

(Overall thoughts...) "We were comfortable in the first half and I couldn't see them getting into the game or being any great threat to us. But the goal, as it always does, changed the game."

(On Demba Ba...) "We spoke about Ba and the experience we had with him a couple of years ago at Newcastle when he scored exactly the same type of goal. We were caught napping to be honest. It wasn't a good start for us right at the beginning of the second half.

(On the response of his side after the goal...) "After that I think we lacked the composure to win the game and create proper openings. We had a lot of possession but didn't make the best use of it and they caused us quite a few problems on the counter-attack. They've got several players like Hazard, Oscar and Mata who sleep in little pockets and can cause you bother on the counter. Fortunately we didn't lose another goal, but I couldn't really see us scoring either. Robin van Persie had a fantastic chance and should have scored, but he put it over the bar. We had a couple of headers by the post and Cech made a fantastic save from Chicharito. But we just lacked composure when we had to chase the game and didn't play as well as we should have in the second half."

(On where United go from here...) "We must kick on. We're disappointed and the players are down, but we need to forget this and look forward to the game with City. A positive result for us next Monday will just about seal the title.

Chris Smalling | MUFC defender (courtesy of MUTV)

(On the disappointment of the result...) "It will take a couple of days to get over this because a lot of us came into it with great confidence and we felt we were going to win this game. At least we have a good game on Monday [against Manchester City] but we need to make sure that we rally together and win this title with aplomb. Our fans will be right behind us and we need to make sure that we give them a good performance because the second half today was just not good enough."

(Overall thoughts...) "The dressing room is disappointed. I think the first half went very well and we were on top, playing some good football so a lot of us are disappointed that we didn’t carry that on into the second half, which wasn’t like us. We were very confident that we would score today and judging by our first half performance, we thought we wouldn’t concede either because they didn’t create too many chances - but it was really unlike us not to score. In the last half an hour, the game started to stretch which wasn’t ideal for us but before that we felt comfortable as a team and played some good football in the first half. The biggest disappointment is that we didn’t carry that on in the second half. That’s what everyone is really down about."

(On if there's lingering disappointment in blowing a 2-0 lead at Old Trafford three weeks ago...) "At the start of the day, we saw this replay as a new challenge and a fresh start but you can’t think about the first leg lead and what might have been. We need to make sure that we remember this next season and do not let it slip again."

Rafael Benitez | CFC interim manager (courtesy of Chelsea's official site)

(Overall thoughts...) "It was very important for everyone to win. If not we're out. We worked so hard at Old Trafford and had chances to win the game, and in the end deserved to win. This was a great game and a great victory for us. I am really pleased because the team won, the players did a great job and everyone enjoyed the game."

(On his team selection...) "Before the international break we played against United, Steaua and West Ham. We were the best in the world. We lost against Southampton and were the worst in the world but today we won and we're the best. You have to have balance. We knew it could be like this, we could win or lose, but we have to carry on. The priority is the top four but we have to approach every competition trying to win. We had two games in less than 48 hours so had to manage the squad. We don't have too many players in some positions and we have to manage. I think we did it really well. We had injuries like [Gary] Cahill and Ashley Cole today, so you have to approach every game carefully, make substitutions or rotate players and sometimes it will go well, sometimes not so well. We wanted to win against Southampton and use a lot of players, especially when you have another one in less than 48 hours. It's not playing one game in three days like we have for months, it is two games in less than 48 hours. We can't kill players playing them two games in a row, because then they get injured and we lose them. Our squad is not too big but we can manage if we don't have injuries. The problem now is that Cahill will be out for another 15 days at least, and Ashley the same so we have to manage with the other players. The race for the top four will be until the end of the season. We're in the top four with a game in hand, we're in a very good position, the semi-finals of the FA Cup and the quarter-finals of the Europa League. I think it's a great season at the moment."

(On Ba's goal...) "This is one of our best best goals this season for sure. It had very good technique and was very good difficult. After West Ham I said Demba is a very good finisher and you could see today."

(On Peter Cech's incredible save from Chicharito's second-half header...) "It was an important save and credit to [Peter]. When you have a good goalkeeper it is always healthy and it was a great save."

(On meeting Manchester City at Wembley for a semi-final tie...) "It cannot be more difficult this year. But if you want to win you have to play the best teams. United is one and City is another. It's another challenge and we will see."

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