Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand Takes out Chelsea's Fernando Torres (Video)

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterMarch 11, 2013

Manchester United and Chelsea just cannot help playing entertaining matches, and Fernando Torres just cannot catch a break.

Either that, or Rio Ferdinand is still upset about the whole Real Madrid thing.

On Sunday, Manchester United and Chelsea played to a 2-2 draw in an FA Cup quarterfinal at Old Trafford. United led 2-0 within 11 minutes through goals by Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and Wayne "I'm not leaving Old Trafford" Rooney.

Then came the Chelsea fightback.

Substitute Eden Hazard hauled Chelsea back into the match with a fine curler in the 59th minute. Ramires, who once again showed he's an FA Cup specialist, equalized nine minutes later.

With the outcome all but decided, Interim One Rafa Benitez brought on Spanish striker Fernando Torres to go for the winner make sure the score remained the same.

That's exactly what happened, but along the way, El Niño also had a quick scuffle with Ferdinand. Late in the match, as the ball moved away from Ferdinand and Torres, Ferdinand approached Torres from behind and hacked him down.

Then, before the referee could see anything, Ferdinand picked Torres up off the pitch. No biggie, right?

Any reason for such a move? Not apparently.

But was it hilarious? Yes. Yes it was.

Footage of the incident appears above. The clip is our Set Piece Video of the Day for this Monday. Enjoy.

After the match, Benitez accused United manager Sir Alex Ferguson of refusing to shake hands ahead of the match. Ferguson, for his part, still had Real Madrid on his mind.

“I think the emotions and intensity of Tuesday night has taken its toll on a few of the players understandably,” Ferguson said (via Daily Telegraph). “If you make substitutions and it works for you then you can say that but to be honest I just think their legs started to go.”

So there you go, readers. Chelsea actually played in Europe this week as well, only it was two days after United. We'll just leave it at that and keep watching Ferdinand and Fernando (new boy band, anyone?).

(h/t: Dirty Tackle)