Fergie hails Mr Incredible Giggs as Carlo ponders axe

Sir Alex Ferguson hailed his Manchester United side after they piled fresh Champions League agony on Chelsea and pushed Carlo Ancelotti closer to the exit door.

Javier Hernandez and Ji-Sung Park scored the goals which sent United into the semi-finals at Chelsea's expense and left Ancelotti clinging to his job.

Fergie hailed the enduring brilliance of Ryan Giggs, who set up both goals as United - likely to meet Schalke in the last-four - set their sights on the final at Wembley on May 28.

"I think we played very, very well against a very good Chelsea team," said Fergie.

"It's been said so many times about Giggs, but he's incredible, a unique person and player.

"His contribution was big because in terms of the part he played in the goal in the first leg and in the goals tonight.

"Ryan's experience and composure were vital. But the whole team played with great credit."

Giggs said: "Confidence is high, we're getting players back and that's what you want for the run-in to the season."

Hernandez gave United the lead with his 18th goal of the season just before half-time, putting them 2-0 ahead on aggregate.

But substitute Didier Drogba handed Chelsea a lifeline when he levelled in the 77th minute, leaving them needing one more to go through on away goals.

United were back in front within a minute of Drogba's strike, to kill off Chelsea and send United into their fourth Champions League semi-final in five years.

It proved another agonising European night for Chelsea at the hands of United, having lost in a penalty shoot-out to Fergie's men in the 2008 final.

Chelsea's night went from bad to worse in the 70th minute when Ramires was sent off for a second yellow card.

It proved a night of despair for Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, watching from the Old Trafford directors' box, as he saw his side fail in Europe yet again.

Fernando Torres drew another blank in his 11th game since his £50million move from Liverpool and was hauled off at half-time, replaced by Drogba.

Ancelotti admitted he may have blundered in picking Torres ahead of Drogba. "Maybe," said the Chelsea boss. "Could be. But I took a lot of time to take this decision.

"I preferred to start with Fernando for this game but Didier played very well in the second-half."

Ancelotti's future is now in serious doubt but the Chelsea boss said: "I'm not concerned.

"I have to work, I have to try my best. It's not my decision to stay or not to stay here."

But Ancelotti now looks doomed, with European failure to add to Chelsea's poor defence of the Premier League title.

Chelsea have reached five semi-finals in eight years in their quest to win the Champions League, a competition with which Abramovich has become "obsessed", according to United boss Fergie.

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