Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea

  • 27 October 2014
Manchester United's Robin Van Persie equalises against Chelsea Image copyright Empics
Image caption Van Persie's goal was the ninth Courtois has conceded in nine league games

Robin van Persie's equaliser deep into injury time gave Manchester United a point and kept Chelsea within range of their Premier League title rivals after a dramatic Old Trafford finale.

Didier Drogba's header looked to have extended Chelsea's lead at the top of the table to six points until a thunderous conclusion in Manchester.

Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic was sent off after a second yellow card for a foul on Angel Di Maria one minute before the end of the game.

Di Maria's free-kick straight after this saw Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois save brilliantly from Marouane Fellaini but Van Persie was on hand to thrash home the rebound and spark wild celebrations around Old Trafford.

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United Manager 'not pleased' despite draw

Blues manager Jose Mourinho turned away in disgust as Van Persie scored, frustrated that the victory his side deserved for controlling long periods had slipped away.

The Portuguese's side remain four points clear of second-placed Southampton - and, perhaps more significantly, six points ahead of last season's champions Manchester City.

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Jose Mourinho avoids referee criticism

For United manager Louis van Gaal, there will be pleasure in showing the resilience and fighting spirit of old to earn a point - but also the reality that Chelsea showed him how much ground they still have to make up, despite that £150m spending spree on new players this summer.

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Image caption Van Persie's goal was his fourth in eight Premier League appearances
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Image caption Drogba scored his second of the season, having netted against Maribor on Tuesday
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Image caption Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, left, is grappled by Chris Smalling as they try to meet a free-kick
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Image caption David De Gea thwarts Eden Hazard after the Chelsea attacker burst into the box
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Image caption Jose Mourinho was reunited with Louis van Gaal, to whom he was assistant coach at Barcelona

Premier League weekend results

Man Utd 1 - 1 Chelsea

Burnley 1 - 3 Everton

Tottenham 1 - 2 Newcastle

West Ham 2 - 1 Man City

Liverpool 0 - 0 Hull

Southampton 1 - 0 Stoke

Sunderland 0 - 2 Arsenal

West Brom 2 - 2 Crystal Palace

Swansea 2 - 0 Leicester