Wayne Rooney inspired Manchester United to a thrilling 3-3 draw with Chelsea after being 0-3 down. He converted two penalties into goals to put Man U back in the match. The third goal was scored by the substitute Javier Hernandez to level the scores. This was a remarkable comeback for the Red Devils and the fans thoroughly enjoyed it.
An own goal and a volley from Juan Mata had put Chelsea ahead by two goals in the first half. They were in full control when David Luiz scored a header in the 51st minute. But the mercurial striker, Wayne Rooney, had other plans. He converted two penalties into goals to bring the deficit down to just one goal. Substitute Javier Hernandez headed the equalizer in the 83d minute to level the scores.
In the points table, Manchester City still leads with 57 points. They are two points adrift of Manchester United who managed 1 point against Chelsea to bring their tally to 55. Chelsea is at the 4th position with 43 points.
The rivalry between Man United and Chelsea has been the trademark for the last few seasons and the match at Stanford Bridge is already being dubbed as one of the EPL classics. Rooney lamented that 2 points were lost but was proud of the way the team fought back from being 0-3 down. He was happy that the team spirit was very high and hoped that it will remain that way till the end of the league.
Hard luck for Chelsea
Chelsea may consider themselves a trifle unlucky as they had to play without the services of Frank Lampard who was injured. They could have still won the game but United’s goalkeeper David De Gea pulled off two brilliant saves in the final moments of the match. Coach Andre Villas-Boas considered that the 2nd penalty was questionable but he must be mighty pleased with the performance of the defender, Gary Cahill, who made his debut in the match. He looked excellent in parts and one hopes that he utilizes whatever chances he gets in the future.