Posted on October 28, 2012
LONDON — Nothing like a little controversy to top off a topsy-turvy encounter between a pair of English Premier League giants on Sunday.
Mexican international striker Javier Hernandez came off the bench to rescue Manchester United, which managed to walk out of Stamford Bridge with a 3-2 victory over nine-man Chelsea. It was United’s first win at Chelsea in a decade.
Chicharito scored, but he looked offside when he scored in the 75th minute for ManU, which saw a two-goal lead vanish by a valiant comeback by the Blues.
Immediately after the goal, Hernandez looked to check for the assistant referee’s flag. Asked by Sky Sports on whether he thought he was offside, Chicharito replied, “Probably. I think it’s a habit that I have to look to the linesman.”
But the game official did not have his flag up to signify offside and the goal stood.
Chelsea certainly wasn’t helped by the fact that Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres were red-carded by referee Mark Clattenburg in the second half.
“We don’t care. We win, we have the three points,” Hernandez told Sky Sports. “That was the only thing we had on our mind. Probably for some people it was very controversial, for other people not.
“For us, we won the three points and it is very difficult to come here to Stamford Bridge and take the three points, and we’re very lucky and happy with that.”
Hernandez added: “It was a really difficult game because the final part of the first half they came on, but we were lucky we scored the last goal. Every time we play with our rivals to win the Premier League, every game is tough, so we’re very happy we got the three points.”
Photo: Javier Hernandez scored the game-winning, controversial goal for Manchester United. Andy Mead/YCJ
Categories: Mexico, North America
Tags: Branislav Ivanovic, Chelsea, Chicharito, English Premier League, Fernando Torres, Javier Hernandez, Manchester United, Stamford Bridge