Chelsea 3 Man United 3: Sir Alex bemoans ‘two points dropped’
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is convinced his side should have won Sunday's clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
Sir Alex Ferguson felt Manchester United played well enough to beat Chelsea after watching his side come from three goals down to snatch a dramatic draw at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea took a first-half lead when Daniel Sturridge’s cross was inadvertently turned in by Jonny Evans in the 36th minute, before Juan Mata rifled home a superb second just after the interval.
The Blues then found themselves three to the good in the 50th minute when David Luiz nodded in Mata’s free-kick.
But the defending champions struck back as Wayne Rooney tucked away two penalties – the first after Sturridge was adjudged to have fouled Patrice Evra, and the second following Branislav Ivanovic’s challenge on Danny Welbeck.
Substitute Javier Hernández then sealed a memorable comeback in the 84th minute, when he evaded the attentions of Gary Cahill and headed home Ryan Giggs’ cross.
“I think it’s two points dropped, because we played so well,” Ferguson, whose side are now two points behind leaders Manchester City told Sky Sports.
“It’s not easy coming back from 3-0 down and it’s a massive effort by our players – but I thought we were the far better team to be honest.
“It was a massive effort from our players and it was a great game for the neutral. Chelsea played a great part in it too, although I thought we were the better team, they made it an interesting game for anyone watching.”
Ferguson reserved particular praise for Hernández after the Mexico striker grabbed the all-important equaliser in west London.
“To be honest, I think maybe I should have played Hernández from the start,” he continued. “When he came on he just kept them on their toes. Danny Welbeck is going to be a top player but when Hernández came on in the second half he changed the game.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas admits the result is difficult to swallow for the Blues after letting slip such a commanding lead.
“It’s not easy to take,” he said. “I think we were very positive and had the initiative for most of the game and went 3-0 up. It’s difficult to take.
“It’s a massive recovery for United – it will of course feel like a win for them because coming back from 3-0 is very gratifying. But it’s a disappointment for us. We had it in our hands and let it slip.”