#Emmlaw Manchester United 2 Chelsea 2: Blues fightback ruins Rooney’s perfect ‘retort’

Chelsea’s rapidly disintegrating season was temporarily salvaged by a stunning second-half fightback at Old Trafford to earn an FA Cup quarter-final replay.

Javier Hernandez had given United a fifth-minute lead with a looping header from a pin-point Michael Carrick cross.

And six minutes later Wayne Rooney, recalled to the United line-up after sitting out much of their 2-1 Champions League quarter-final exit to Bayern Munich in midweek, quelled any suggestions that he’s a bit-part player, blasting home a free kick to put United 2-0 up.

 
Answering his critics: It didn't take Wayne Rooney long to set the seal on United's victory

Answering his critics: It didn’t take Wayne Rooney long to set the seal on United’s victory

nswering his critics: It didn’t take Wayne Rooney long to set the seal on United’s victory

 

MATCH FACTS

MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea, Da Silva, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra, Carrick, Cleveley, Nani (Valencia 45), Kagawa (Welbeck 75), Rooney, Hernandez (Van Persie 61). Subs not used: Amos, Anderson, Vidic, Young.

Goals: Hernandez 5, Rooney 11

CHELSEA: Cech, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Ramires, Lampard (Hazard 51), Moses (Mikel 51), Mata, Oscar, Ba (Torres 77). Subs not used: Turnbull, Ivanovic,Terry, Bertrand.

Goals: Hazard 59, Ramires 68

Booked: Azpilicueta, Luiz, Hazard.

Referee: Howard Web

But the West London side hit back after the break. Substitute Eden Hazard gave Chelsea life, curling home after being put through by Juan Mata just before the hour.

Chelsea grew in confidence and United wilted under pressure. Luiz broke up a United attack, allowing Demba Ba to surge forward. He fed Ramires who cut in from the right flank to curl home with his left foot.

Heading to the final four: Javier Hernandez nods home United's first goal

Heading to the final four: Javier Hernandez nods home United’s first goal

On it's way: Hernandez (centre) beats Chelsea keeper Petr Cech with his fifth-minute header

On it’s way: Hernandez (centre) beats Chelsea keeper Petr Cech with his fifth-minute header

Dejected: John Terry was forced to watch Chelsea's FA Cup exit from the bench

Dejected: John Terry was forced to watch Chelsea’s FA Cup exit from the bench

Heads we win: Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa (right) beats Cezar Azpilicueta in the air

Heads we win: Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa (right) beats Cezar Azpilicueta in the air

No way through: Tom Cleverley (right) closes down Chelsea's Demba Ba

No way through: Tom Cleverley (right) closes down Chelsea’s Demba Ba

High life: Rooney is mobbed after scoring United's second goal (above, as United striker Robin van Persie (below) watches from the bench

High life: Rooney is mobbed after scoring United’s second goal (above, as United striker Robin van Persie (below) watches from the bench

High life: Rooney is mobbed after scoring United's second goal (above, as United striker Robin van Persie (below) watches from the bench
All square: Ramires curls home to make it 2-2

All square: Ramires curls home to make it 2-2

Fightback complete: Ramires celebrates with Oscar (left) after scoring equalizer

Fightback complete: Ramires celebrates with Oscar (left) after scoring equalizer

Banishing the blues: Ramires (left), Azpilicueta and Mata (right) salute the travelling army of Chelsea fans

Banishing the blues: Ramires (left), Azpilicueta and Mata (right) salute the travelling army of Chelsea fans

Better the devil you know: Sir Alex Ferguson walks with mascot Fred the Red

Better the devil you know: Sir Alex Ferguson walks with mascot Fred the Red

He's 'armless: Javier Hernandez his held back by Chelsea's Gary Cahill

He’s ‘armless: Javier Hernandez his held back by Chelsea’s Gary Cahill

 
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Author: Emmlaw

Nigerian, Black & Proud

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