There were no surprises at Wembley yesterday, as England continued their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign …
It was an action packed game of football on Sunday as it proved to be one for the history books! Chelsea got off the mark late in the second half with a blistering run from Eden Hazard that resulted in a save from De Gea. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough as Drogba headed home the corner in the 53rd minute for the first goal of the afternoon.
However, United held it together with a series of one-touch plays strung together by the likes of Di Maria and Juan Mata. But when Branislav Ivanovic was dismissed for a second bookable offense three minutes into injury time, Manchester United seized the moment, equalizing through Robin van Persie, sparking euphoric scenes spiced with relief.
Jose Mourinho refused to criticize referee Phil Dowd, for fear of facing an FA charge, but it was clear the Chelsea boss did not agree with the crucial free-kick decision.
“I have no comments on the referee,” said Mourinho. “I prefer just to say my feeling is we had a good first-half and a fantastic second-half.
“You know I cannot speak [about the referee]. Some can and some don’t, and one of the ones who cannot speak is me. You know what happens to me when I do.”
Despite biting his tongue, Mourinho did let his guard slip when he said: “I prefer to be in front [in the league] rather than behind, because we have a little space for our mistakes – or the referee’s mistakes.”
Van Gaal was in no doubt Ivanovic tripped Di Maria and deserved to be shown a second yellow card.
“I have seen it on TV,” said the United boss. “Ivanovic kicked him twice. Not once, but twice on the ankles. You can say maybe the first time is coincidence but the second time, no.
“He did it twice and when you do that it is unbelievable. It was a free-kick.”
I’m extremely happy we came away with a point, now on to The Etihad for the Manchester derby!