Chelsea 3-3 Manchester United
Last Updated: Sun, 05 Feb 2012 18:15
Manchester United fought back from three goals down to snatch a 3-3 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The home side handed a debut to January signing Gary Cahill in defence, while United started with David De Gea in goal as Anders Lindegaard missed out through injury.
United had a couple of early penalty shouts turned down, but neither side was able to fashion a clear chance as the game got bogged down in midfield.
Eventually it was the home side that got the break as Daniel Sturridge weaved clear down the right and his cutback from the by-line was deflected into his own net from close range by the unfortunate Jonny Evans.
United responded by forcing Petr Cech into a couple of saves, firstly from Ashley Young and then from Danny Welbeck, after the striker had combined superbly with England colleague Wayne Rooney.
The Blues started the second half in a rush, as Juan Mata smashed home a left-foot volley from Fernando Torres' right-wing cross within 60 seconds of the restart and soon after David Luiz headed home a Mata free-kick to make it 3-0.
United were handed a lifeline just before the hour mark when Rooney converted from the spot after Sturridge had fouled Patrice Evra and, just over ten minutes later, the England man netted a second penalty after Welbeck tumbled in the area.
The comeback was complete six minutes from time when sub Javier Hernandez headed home Ryan Giggs' ball in from the left, but United were then indebted to keeper De Gea when he tipped away a Mata free-kick deep into stoppage time.