Manchester United closed the gap on league leaders Chelsea in a dramatic game at Stamford Bridge that had every possible controversy you could ask for.

United took the lead after just three minutes as Robin van Persie smashed a low drive against the post but the ball cannoned off of David Luiz and nestled in the back of the net.

Van Persie claimed the opening goal, but there was no doubt about the second after another speedy counter attack from the Red Devils saw Antonio Valencia pull the ball back for van Persie to fire home the second with his right foot.

Chelsea gradually got back into the game and Juan Mata scored a superb free kick just before half time after Eden Hazard was cynically brought down by Wayne Rooney right on the edge of the United box.

The inevitable equaliser came just after half time after superb work from Mata and Oscar set up Ramires to powerfully head past David De Gea to level up the match.

Branislav Ivanovic was given a straight red card on the hour mark for tripping Ashley Young who was through on goal and the defender could have no arguments with the decision by the referee.

Just two minutes later Chelsea were down to nine men as Fernando Torres was given a second yellow card for diving when he dribbled past Jonny Evans, a decision that will be debated for weeks. The tensions even spilled onto the touchline as Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Di Matteo came together after the red cards.

United substitute Javier Hernandez then added to the controversy by flicking home the winner with just 15 minutes to go despite coming back from an offside position. The decisions really did not go the Blues way for the whole 90 minutes and the fans were happy to vent their anger at the Mark Clattenburg.

Chelsea are still top of the Premier League but their gap has been closed to just one point after United’s win in West London.

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  • buddha9
    2 years ago

    clattenberg ruined a great game that could have gone either way — man u still needed an off side goal to beat 9 men — mark clattenberg a game of football is not about YOU!

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    • Rebel with a cause
      2 years ago

      I quite agree with you, Both Red Cards were not acceptable. And the Winning Goal by United was off side!!! Well Done Clattenberg, I hope you do not get the opportunity to cheat again!!!!!

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  • Ak
    2 years ago

    The first red card was not fair either. It was an extremely harsh decision. Young had literally tripped on his own feet -.-

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    • Rebel with a cause
      2 years ago

      Neither of the Red Cards were a correct decision, it was obvious who’s side he was on, and the Winning Goal was off side. This Referee should be hauled over the coals, by the FA!!!!!!

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  • Deji
    2 years ago

    if the FA does not sanction clattenburg and reverse the red card he gave fernando torres..i will be very much disappointed in them

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  • murt
    2 years ago

    poor decisions by refs with big attitudes or chips on their shoulder.these guys are supposedly professional,yet their bad decisions cost managers their jobs and team results,in fairness to all other clubs man u seem to be getting more than even share of these.time for the f.a. to look at these stats.

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  • Zane
    2 years ago

    Good news for these players is that they will play in the next league fixture. It’s only 1 game bans for them since it came from two yellow cards. They won’t be allowed to play in the League cup this week though. All in all,it was a disgusting performance by the referee and old red nose has the nerve to say Torres deserved it!

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  • Mboko
    2 years ago

    i know the refree is the final no matter what.
    abt the offside goal, in a match there are linesmen, why didn’t they refuse the goal.
    GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED…

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  • marvel
    2 years ago

    Why england make a primer league if the refree always help mancheatster united in all their match?

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