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Manchester United ended their 10-year wait for a Barclays Premier League win away to Chelsea with a 3-2 victory that cut their opponents' lead at the top to one point.
Referee Mark Clattenburg sent off Fernando Torres for simulation after Chelsea had fought back from a David Luiz own goal and Robin van Persie's ninth goal of the season to equalise through Juan Mata and Ramires. Branislav Ivanovic also saw red five minutes before Torres, who received a second yellow card
United got off to a flying start and took the lead within four minutes. Chelsea lost possession and Van Persie crashed a shot against the woodwork with the ball rebounding in off David Luiz.
The visitors were soon two-up. Rio Ferdinand ambled out of defence and found Rafael Da Silva, who fed Luis Antonio Valencia, with the winger's low cross swept home by Van Persie.
The European champions started to pose a threat to United midway through the half. United goalkeeper David De Gea was forced to save David Luiz’s brutal free-kick with his legs before keeping out Gary Cahill's header.
But the United goalkeeper could do nothing when Wayne Rooney upended Eden Hazard a minute from half-time and Mata stepped up to curl a free-kick into the corner. Mata almost equalised moments later but De Gea saved his shot.
Chelsea needed only seven minutes of the second half to level as Mata showed sublime control to keep Oscar's ball in play, allowing the Brazilian to cross again for Ramires to head home.
The momentum looked to be with Chelsea but things changed when Ivanovic and Torres were sent off in the space of five minutes. Ivanovic was dismissed for bringing down Ashley Young, who had been played through by Van Persie.
Chelsea were about to bring on Daniel Sturridge for Torres but the striker joined Ivanovic in the dressing room when he was shown a second yellow for diving over Evans’ challenge.
Ryan Bertrand joined the fray instead of Sturridge but could not prevent Hernandez snatching the winner 15 minutes from time. Petr Cech tipped Van Persie's shot onto a post but Rafael followed up and Hernandez turned the ball home.
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