Sir Alex Ferguson expects another pulsating clash when Chelsea and Manchester United meet again on Wednesday (Thursday morning AEDT) after the Red Devils ended the Blues' unbeaten record in a controversial five-goal thriller at Stamford Bridge.
United extended its winning streak to five matches and broke a 10-year English Premier League hoodoo on Chelsea turf.
The 3-2 victory only came after two debatable decisions from referee
Clattenburg first showed
Tasty tackles flew in from both sides during the match and Ferguson had to be separated from Blues boss
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 against Chelsea.
"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."
The former Rangers forward added: "I would've never missed that chance. I would've taken it in my time. I would've never gone down.
"But he did go down - that's the issue - and he's already been booked. So it's his own fault."
The controversy surrounding the refereeing decisions was overshadowed after it emerged Chelsea had submitted a complaint to the Premier League that alleged Clattenburg used "inappropriate language" towards two of their players. Clattenburg last night insisted he would fully co-operate with any investigation.
All the pre-match talk yesterday had been about whether Chelsea would be able to continue their excellent early-season form.
The early signs suggested the Blues were not up to the task.
Chelsea hit back with goals either side of half-time from the excellent
"I was glad to get to half-time, to be honest," said Ferguson, whose side is now second on the table, one point behind Chelsea.
"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.
"It was probably a wake-up call, to be honest with you.
"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."
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