LONDON — Javier Hernandez completed Manchester United's comeback from 3-0 down at Chelsea on Sunday, with a late header salvaging a 3-3 draw that still left the champions two points off the Premier League summit
After storming into a 3-0 lead by the 50th minute, Chelsea collapsed at home by conceding two penalties that Wayne Rooney converted and then allowing Hernandez to level in the 84th.
But the failure to score a fourth goal meant United ended the weekend two points behind Manchester City, which beat Fulham 3-0 on Saturday.
"It's two points lost," Rooney said. "We understand that, but after being 3-0 down — the City players at home must have liked that — we enjoyed the way we fought back."
The draw left Chelsea clinging onto the Premier League's fourth Champions League qualification spot by just a point ahead of Newcastle.
But the hosts had been cruising after Jonny Evans' first-half own goal was followed by goals from Juan Mata and David Luiz at the start of the second half.
"A lot of teams would have found it easy to put their heads down and accept defeat," Rooney said. "But we never put our heads down."
The fixture between England's two most successful sides of recent years was marred by some Chelsea fans jeering every touch of United defender Rio Ferdinand.
Chelsea captain John Terry, who was sidelined through injury, is facing a trial for allegedly racially abusing Ferdinand's brother, Queens Park Rangers defender Anton, during a match in October.
"Rio, Rio what's the score?" Chelsea fans after their third goal came off Ferdinand before going into the net.