Robin Van Persie Manchester United Chelsea
Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie scores the equaliser against Chelsea in their English Premier League gameReuters

Manchester United dug deep to score a dramatic equaliser in Fergie time and with it pull off an as-dramatic-as-they-come 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the English Premier League.

Didier Drogba looked to have given Chelsea a victory with a goal early in the second half, before Robin Van Persie struck in the fourth minute of stoppage time to rescue a point, and a deserved one at that, for Manchester United.

The home team had the better of the exchanges in front of goal over the 90 minutes, playing especially well in the first half, but Chelsea showed their strength in defence and the big moments to take that vital lead, a lead which looked like being enough to give them what would have been their eighth win in nine matches in the Premier League this season.

However, there is always room for drama in the Premier League, and the Van Persie equaliser will give a huge fillip to Manchester United, who will believe they can keep pace with the top dogs of the Premier League.

For large parts of the game Manchester United stood toe-to-toe with the best team in the league currently, and there are plenty of signs that point towards Louis Van Gaal's men improving with each passing game.

"We are getting better," said Van Persie to Sky Sports after the match. "With every training session, and every game we are improving and we played pretty well today, and could have easily come away with a victory.

"I thought we had the better chances," added Van Persie, who was stopped by Thibaut Courtois a couple of times in one-one-one situations, "but a draw was probably the fair result."

Jose Mourinho will have plenty to say about the red card which was given to Branislav Ivanovic, with Manchester United going on to score from the resulting freekick, while the Chelsea manager will also be unhappy about some of the refereeing decisions.

The away team could have and probably should have had a penalty in the first half, when Marcos Rojo hauled down John Terry in a freekick, with Chris Smalling also doing the same to Ivanovic.

However, despite those decisions going against them, Chelsea will be kicking themselves at not being able to take all three points, because a victory would have taken them six points clear of the rest of the pack, instead of the current four.

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