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We deserved 'a little break' -- Ferguson

Alex Ferguson expects another pulsating clash when Chelsea and Manchester United meet again on Wednesday after the Red Devils ended the Blues' unbeaten record in a controversial five-goal thriller at Stamford Bridge yesterday.

Tasty tackles flew in from both sides during the match and Ferguson had to be separated from Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo and assistant first-team coach Steve Holland.

When asked if he anticipated a lively rematch on Wednesday in the fourth round of the League Cup, the Scot replied with a smile: "Good luck to the referee!"

Ferguson felt his team deserved a bit of luck with the refereeing decisions yesterday.

"It's always hard to come here and it's hard to get decisions here," he said. "Over the last few years, there have been some shocking decisions against us and I think everyone knows that. But today, if we did get a little break, I think we deserved it."

Ferguson could not resist a dig at Torres, who he said went down too easily.

"Well, did he intend to dive?" Ferguson said.

"Jonny may have just caught him a little bit but you can either carry on running, which he could've done, but he chose to go down. He could've carried on and scored. That's what I can't understand."


All the pre-match talk had been about whether Chelsea would continue their excellent early-season form. The early signs suggested the Blues were not up to the task.

David Luiz unwittingly put through his own goal to give United an early lead and then Robin van Persie took advantage of some slack marking to score the visitors' second.

Chelsea hit back with goals either side of half-time from the excellent Juan Mata and Brazil midfielder Ramires, but Torres' dismissal, and that of Branislav Ivanovic, allowed United to claim the win courtesy of Hernandez's third goal in two games.

"I thought we could've started the game a bit better in the second half but when they got the second goal, we started to play better," said Ferguson, whose side are now second in the league, a point behind Chelsea.

"And, at that point, I was wanting to win to the game and I had Chicharito (Hernandez) warming up, and then they get a man sent off, and that consolidated that opinion to get him on."