The hosts fell behind to a Didier Drogba hearder in the second half, but rallied in the final minutes to salvage a point from a match many thought was beyond them.
Manager Louis Van Gaal praised his team’s never-say-die attitude, but remarked on the missed chances that could prove crucial as the season gathers momentum.
“I’ve said to the players we could have won but we didn’t and that’s our fault. When you can do that against the best team in this league at this moment it is a good sign.
“But I’m not pleased as I still have the feeling we could have won and that we don’t take our opportunities at the moment.
“We kept together and I think we deserved it. I have seen that we could have beaten Chelsea, I’m saying that nearly every game but this is against Chelsea who are a top team and we were at least equal.”
The hosts dominated the first half and created multiple clear-cut chances, only for the Chelsea keeper, Thibaut Courtois, to make excellent saves. Drogba’s goal from a corner setup an exciting final minutes, and as Chelsea withdrew deeper into their own half, the hosts began piling on the pressure.
The pressure eventually paid off with Branislav Ivanovic receiving his marching orders for a foul on Angel Di Maria. The resulting freekick saw Fellaini’s header being saved, and it fell nicely for Robin van Persie to slam home the equaliser.
Van Gaal was quick to point out his team’s spirit that earned them a point a point at West Brom and the same last night.
“The most pleasing thing is we are believing in making a goal even when the scoreline is bad,” Van Gaal said.
“The players are running until the 90th minute to equalise or win.”
Chelsea tried to kill the game but my boys ran and fought until the end and at the end we scored and I think deserved it.”
Fans will not doubt be thrilled at the “Fergie Time” equaliser, as it has been a long time coming. United last scored a goal in injury time on 9th Dec 2012 to win 3-2 against rivals Manchester City.
Van Persie’s late equaliser