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Chelsea force United replay

Holders Chelsea stormed back from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday and take their FA Cup quarterfinal to a replay.

After Javier Hernandez opened the scoring in the fifth minute, Wayne Rooney marked his return to the United team with another early goal to put United 2-0 up at half-time.

Alex Ferguson’s side looked poised to move on from the hurt of their Champions League exit to Real Madrid, but second-half goals from Eden Hazard and Ramires meant Chelsea kept a hand on the trophy.

United were guilty of an oddly disjointed performance, but Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez - barracked, once again, by his own fans - could point to a second-half double substitution that changed the game’s momentum.

The date for the replay is still awaited and whoever wins the tie at Stamford Bridge will face domestic champions Manchester City in semis.
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