Manchester United defender Chris Smalling proved his worth in this game. He scored his first goal on a header for United in the eighth minute to put them ahead. Smalling looks like a natural back and should be a great player for the Reds in the weeks to come.
Smalling's goal came off a free kick from former Aston Villa star Ashley Young who sent a beautiful ball to the far post. Chelsea was undermanned and helpless as Smalling was able to slip in unopposed to send United up 1-0 giving them a crucial early lead.
Smalling was tested by Chelsea substitute Nicolas Anelka but Smalling was able to handle Anelka showing solid physical strength and good vision. Smalling left the game with a groin injury.
Sir Alex Ferguson commented by saying, "Smalling's got a groin injury so we'll see what it's like during the week," according to United's club website.