Manchester United beat Chelsea in a Premier League thriller

Manchester United have marched clear at the top of the Premier League table after a 3-1 win over Chelsea which was incident-packed. Both teams created a host of scoring opportunities, although it was the Red Devils that proved the most clinical and they were 3-0 up at half-time thanks to goals from Chris Smalling, Nani and Wayne Rooney. The second…

Manchester United have marched clear at the top of the Premier League table after a 3-1 win over Chelsea which was incident-packed.

Both teams created a host of scoring opportunities, although it was the Red Devils that proved the most clinical and they were 3-0 up at half-time thanks to goals from Chris Smalling, Nani and Wayne Rooney.

The second half was equally as entertaining for the neutral, with Fernando Torres scoring his first goal of the season within seconds of the restart and the Spaniard should have reduced the arrears further when he missed an open goal with ten minutes left on the clock.

Wayne Rooney was also culpable in the second half after missing a penalty, with referee Phil Dowd pointing to the spot after Jose Bosingwa was adjudged to have tripped Nani in the box, while Rooney also hit the post and spurned the chance to try and make it 4-1 when slipping Dimitar Berbatov through.

The match was entertaining from start to finish, with Ashley Young’s excellent free-kick enabling Smalling to nod home in the 8th minute before Nani let fly in the 37th minute, while there was an element of fortune to Rooney’s goal after John Terry’s clearance cannoned into the path of his England team-mate.

However, the talking point for many people will be Torres’ extraordinary miss which saw the striker burst into the box, go round keeper David De Gea and then proceed to miss the easiest opportunity to roll the ball into the net with his left foot.

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