Sir Alex Ferguson believes Chelsea's first red card was the catalyst for Manchester United's win
Sir Alex Ferguson feels Man Utd's clash at Chelsea could have gone either way up until Branislav Ivanovic's sending-off.
Last Updated: 28/10/12 9:35pm
The Red Devils won 3-2 at Stamford Bridge, with Javier Hernandez grabbing the winner off the bench after Ivanovic and Fernando Torres had been sent off for the hosts.
Ferguson feels the right-back's dismissal was the turning point for United, who now sit just a point behind leaders the Blues in the Premier League table.
Asked if the encounter could have gone either way, the manager told Sky Sports: "Oh yes, absolutely, no doubt about that.
"We started the game so well, absolutely brilliant. Then just 10 minutes before half-time we lost our way a bit. We couldn't wait for half-time to be honest with you.
"I think the sending off of the right-back was the turning point for us. We would have won it at that point.
"We put Chicharito on and of course he gets the winning goal. I think the momentum was with us then."
Ferguson admits luck played a part after Hernandez's winner appeared to be from an offside position, adding: "They say the winning goal could have been offside, so that's a bit of luck I think we got."
The boss did not see a problem with Fernando Torres' controversial dismissal after he earned a second yellow card for what referee Mark Clattenburg adjudged to be a dive following a challenge by Jonny Evans.
"I thought he went down. I think Jonny may have just caught him a little bit," added Ferguson. "But you could carry on running, which he could have done, but he chose to go down.
"He could have carried on and scored, that's what I can't understand. And he's been already booked, so it's his own fault."