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But they could have quite easily had Ronaldo sent off late in the second half of the huge clash at the top of the table.
Already on a yellow card, Ronaldo was extremely late on Lampard and produced a poor, studs-up challenge on the England international.
The Portuguese sensation went in too eagerly and ended up catching Lampard after he had been beaten to the ball.
A free-kick was immediately given and it looked like Howard Webb was about to send Ronaldo off. However, the former Sporting CP winger was not shown a second yellow card and he owed a great deal to Lampard for his actions.
Although the tackle left him kneeling on the turf, he did not roll around on the pitch and try and get his opponent sent off. Instead, he got up in no time, had an embrace with Ronaldo and appeared to have a quick word with Webb, the man in the middle.
You could see how grateful Ronaldo was for Lampard's integrity and sportsmanship. With the score 2-0 to United, a red card in the 73rd minute could have got Chelsea back in the game but Lampard elected to not make a meal of things.
Berbatov clinched the win in the 87th minute, with United moving five points behind Liverpool with two games in hand in a title race they would emerge victorious in at the end of the campaign.
This meeting by Chelsea and United is also remembered for a genius corner-kick routine that saw a Ronaldo header wrongly disallowed.
Rooney had cutely touched the ball in the corner quadrant, leading to Giggs dribbling and whipping a cross in for Ronaldo to power home. The flag went up from the linesman and Webb chalked off the goal.
United players were furious but their anger didn't last too long as Vidic scored from the re-taken corner.
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