Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea: Match Review

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Manchester United's dreams of the treble remain intact after they saw off the challenge of Chelsea with a 2-1 victory on the night, to progress to the Champions League semi-final with a 3-1 win on aggregate.

A first half strike from Javier Hernandez just before half-time made an already up-hill task even more difficult for Carlo Ancelotti's side, who were undone by a second half strike from Park Ji-Sung a minute after substitute Didier Drogba had given the Blues a brief reason for optimism.

Neither side could gain a foothold on proceedings in the early exchanges, with a central midfield battle looking to be on the Old Trafford menu.

Hernandez opened the scoring when he made it 2-0 on aggregate, arriving at the back post to steer in Ryan Giggs' low delivery soon after having had a near post header ruled out for offside.


Chelsea were reduced to ten men when Ramires received a second yellow card before Drogba gave the travelling Blues fans renewed hope when he levelled on the night with a low drilled shot past the outstretched Edwin Van der Sar.

Less than a minute later, United's lead was restored when the evergreen Giggs picked out Park, laying the ball neatly into the advancing winger's path who fired in an angled shot across goal.

Wayne Rooney was instrumental throughout, with every attack seemingly going through the rejuvenated striker, while Torres in contrast was disappointing once again before being relieved of his duties at the interval.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side will have to wait for tomorrow's confirmation as to who lies in wait in the semi-final showdown, but with Schalke protecting a 5-2 first-leg lead, a tricky tie against the Bundesliga giants looks the most likely outcome.

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