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United and Chelsea draw in Old Trafford

Published 26/11/2006

Ricardo Carvalho's second-half equaliser ensured Chelsea grabbed a

deserved share of the spoils from their Premiership title showdown with

Manchester United.

Louis Saha put the misery of his Champions League penalty miss at Celtic

behind him to give United the lead with a superb low strike.

But, after failing to impose themselves before the break, Chelsea turned the

screw afterwards and Carvalho's powerful header prevented the Red Devils opening

a six-point lead at the top.

Joe Cole replaced the ineffective Shevchenko 15 minutes from time, a move

which reinforced Chelsea's attacking momentum.

Ashley Cole was booked for a foul on Ronaldo which led to the winger being

replaced by Darren Fletcher, with John O'Shea introduced for Saha at the same


Neither had any noticeable impact on the contest and by the time Paulo

Ferreira was brought on in stoppage time, the rivals had settled for a point


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