Last Updated at 6:28 pm, February 5th 2012
It's all over and Manchester United have rescued a point against Chelsea after a remarkable turnaround saw them come from three goals down in the second half to draw 3-3 at Stamford Bridge. This will surely go down as one of the great Premier League games but once the euphoria of the comeback dies down, United might still feel a little downbeat to be trailing leaders Manchester City by two points in the title race.
United quickly make a change with Welbeck going off to be replaced by Ji-Sung Park.
GOAL HERNANDEZ - Giggs takes his time on the left side of the box before picking out Hernandez with a pin-point cross and the Mexican heads home from close range - what a comeback!
The hosts make a change with Sturridge making way for Oriol Romeu.
GOAL ROONEY - This time the United striker curls his spot-kick into the corner of the net, sending Cech the wrong way. Game on!
Incredible scenes here as United are awarded another penalty after Welbeck is tripped by Ivanovic inside the box.
It's Rafael's last action of the match as he's replaced by Paul Scholes.
GOAL ROONEY - Rooney fires a ferocious spot-kick into the top corner of the net to give United a glimmer of hope.
Well, I might have spoken too soon. United have a penalty after Evra is felled by Sturridge down the left side of the box.
The visitors make a change with Javier Hernandez coming on to replace Young.
GOAL LUIZ - It's another one! Mata curls the resulting free kick into the area and Luiz heads into the top corner - albeit helped along by a deflection off Rio Ferdinand.
Sturridge beats Evra down the right wing and the United man is forced to bring him down, resulting in a yellow card.
GOAL MATA - What a goal! Torres' high cross into the box from the right wing picks out Mata and the Spaniard lashes home an unstoppable volley into the net. Absolutely brilliant!
Kieran Cross writes: "As a Chelsea fan I reckon that the final score will be 2-1 to Chelsea with Torres scoring and then Rooney!" And Akogwu Austine says: "I'm expecting an equaliser from United but Chelsea to salvage a late win."
Sky Bet now make Chelsea 1/2 to take all three points while United are the outsiders at 5/1, with the draw priced at 9/4. My pre-match prediction of 3-1 isn't looking so hot now is it?! That can now be backed at 25/1. In the next goalscorer betting, Wayne Rooney is 5/1 and Danny Welbeck 6/1 while Chelsea strikers Daniel Sturridge and Fernando Torres are both 8/1. Head now to www.skybet.com to place your in-running bets.
The half-time whistle sounds and Chelsea go into the break with a 1-0 lead thanks to an own goal from Jonny Evans.
A clumsy foul from Ivanovic on Young in midfield results in the Chelsea player being booked. That was needless.
OWN GOAL EVANS - Sturridge uses his quick feet to beat Evra down the right side of the box before his low cross deflects off De Gea before being turned into his own net by the unfortunate Evans, who couldn't really do anything about it.
Torres is shown the yellow card after a push on Evans inside the box. He's not happy about it but Webb obviously isn't going to change his mind.
Actually I'm going to squeeze one more in quickly. Chelsea fan Patrick Merrifield from Poole says: "I'm going to opt for Chelsea to win 2-1, I think Mata and Torres will score for Chelsea with Rooney scoring for United."
And the honour of the last word goes to Man Utd fan Chris Owen, who says: "I think the scoreline is going to be 2-0 Man Utd. The quartet of Young, Valencia, Rooney and Welbeck is going to be a challenge for chelsea having Terry out. I think that Welbeck and Rooney will get the goals, Come on United!"
Time for two more emails before the game starts. Firstly Joban Singh says: "This will be a challenge for United, my prediction is that Cheslea will win 2-1 with Sturridge and Mata to score for Chelsea and Rooney to score for United."
Tony Lee from Walsall says: "I'm going for a United 2-1 win with Carrick opening the score, with Malouda equalising before half-time, Welbeck to get the winner. Given Chelsea's imbalances in midfield, United could exploit them with fast counter attacks. Overall, I reckon united will control large periods of the game without having any real cutting edge."
Diarmaid Malone is unsure who to support today, saying: "If United win this they will go on to win the league but if Chelsea win they will most likely get a Champions League spot and I don't want either to happen. Chelsea need to get out of the dreamworld that they are doing well and United are going to fall apart with there stupid buys and good players getting old! Saying this as a Liverpool fan." I think you should support the draw!
Rishabh Ananthan from Oman writes: "I'm going for a high scoring 4-2 win for Man Utd with Rooney to net a hat-trick, Welbeck to score and Mata and Meireles for Chelsea. I honestly don't see Chelsea winning this one."
Chelsea fan Matthew Nankivell says: "I'm a little worried but still hopeful we mite rise to the occasion! Very disappointed however that once again as usual we opt for Bosingwa at left back in the absence of Ashley Cole intead of using very promising younster Ryan Bertrand?! It's no wonder we send all our youngsters out on loan! They must be fed up of being constantly overlooked. We have to trust them! Good Luck to Gary Cahill today! Come on you Blues! 2-1 Chelsea" I'm a Bolton fan and I can tell you that Chelsea have got a cracking player in Gary Cahill. Ideal for how AVB wants his Chelsea team to play.
Ben is quickly back to say: "Don't write us off just yet! Last season we came within touching distance and I expect us to do it again this season!" If you win the title I'll be extremely shocked - but I've been known to be wrong about many things! Don't worry what I think!
Elijah Handley writes: "As a neutral fan who despises United, I'm hoping that Chelsea can win today but I doubt it will happen without Terry and Lamps. But with De Gea in goal they will score at least one and I think they will draw 2-2, Sturridge with a brace for Chelsea and Rooney and Young to get one apiece for United. Ought to be very close."
Mark Ward writes from NYC and says: "Torres has actually been playing well lately and has been unlucky not to score. Saying that, Torres and Sturridge will be on the scoresheet today with Essien running the mid with Meireles. Gary Cahill will make an impressive debut covering for Terry. It will be a close game, as usual, but 2-1 to Chelsea at the whistle. Big day today for soccer in the NYC area and throughout the US. Come on Chelsea!" I was in America at the time of Manchester United's Champions League final with Barcelona and I have to say the atmosphere from the US-based fans was extremely passionate to say the least in the bar I was watching in. I expect it will be like that again for a game as important as this one.
Chelsea fan Ben writes: "I hope that we can step up the performances of late and get a positive result to boost our faint title hopes. Torres may shine today as he normally does against United. He needs to forget his daunting miss and he needs to draw the positives from the previous fixture. I can't see why we cannot win this today. I'm going for a 2-1 victory with Torres and Essien on the scoresheet and Rooney to score for United. Come on you Blues!" You're quite optimistic to say Chelsea's title hopes are only faint!
Ashvin Charitar says: "I say a 1-0 win for Manchester United although Chelsea have Essien back which should make the match more intense! Hopefully Torres keeps his drought going! Come on United!"
A confident Miso Kovacik writes: "Chelsea is going to win today. They'll beat Man United 3-0 with Sturridge scoring two goals and Ivanovic one. However Frank Lampard and John Terry not playing I think it is going to be tough for Chelsea." It can't be that tough if you're predicting a 3-0 win!
Jem Sharp disagrees, saying: "Chelsea to spring a suprise with a 2-1 win. I don't get this that certain Man Utd fan calls Chelsea an 'old mans team' when they have Giggs, Ferdinand and Scholes to call upon today. Let the youth of Chelsea run Utd's old men ragged."
A lot of love for the potential of a 3-1 scoreline to United today!Great minds think alike?! Fatou Sanyang writes: "Hi! I think United are going to win 3-1. Not that I'm underrating Chelsea but they don't seem to be in the competition. It's going to be a good game."
Apologies if I don't get through all your emails before kick-off - you are flooding my inbox to the point where it's bound to explode! Jack Pearce says: "I'm a lifetime Chelsea fan, I hate to say it but im worried United will be to much for us today. Without Terry and Drogba I think we will struggle."
Chelsea fan Thomas Jones wasn't impressed by his side's performance at Swansea in midweek but still expects a win today. He says: "I went to the Swansea game and it seems that Chelsea fall apart without Terry or Lampard and to be honest these big players are going soon, so Chelsea need to spend wisely. My prediction is 2-1 Chelsea with Mata and Sturridge scoring and maybe Rooney to score."
Stewart Marshall writes: "Hoping for a United win 2-1 - Rooney to score first I think. Chelsea could struggle at the back today and if Torres plays then they will struggle up front as well...Come on you Reds!"
Shane Brett from Tokyo writes: "I feel a repeat of the encounter in Old Trafford earlier this year with an easy 3-1 win with goals coming from Chicharito, Rooney and Nani and with a late consolation goal for Chelsea coming from Fernando Torres. Man of the match to Michael Carrick. Let's go United!"
Chris Dunkerley writes from America and says: "Torres will score as he always does against united. United midfield will be exposed today. Rooney is right, United policy of buying youth is misguided and littered with errors. Chelsea to win 2-1."
Natalie Hinchliffe from Holyhead is backing my prediction. She says: "United to win 3-1, Chelsea don't stand a chance with half their players missing!"
Manchester United fan Aleem Mawji from Bromley writes: "Really tough game here for United, a number of players hopefully returning to the starting 11 but our recent results at the Bridge in the League are poor. Can see a draw with Torres and Rooney to both get on the scoresheet."
Carl Taylor is on a similar wavelength to me, writing: "I predict 0-2 to Man Utd. Time to finish Chelsea's league season once and for all. Old mans team, reminds me of the Chelsea pensioners." I think Chelsea's league season is over already in terms of the title - a top-four is their goal now.
Manchester United head into this clash as marginal 13/8 favourites with Sky Bet while Chelsea are 17/10, with the draw priced at 9/4. If forced to make one, my personal prediction is an entertaining 3-1 victory for the visitors, which you can back at 20/1, but to be perfectly honest I can see this clash going either way. Head now to www.skybet.com to place your pre-match and in-running bets.
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