Yury Zhirkov has accused Antonio Valencia of constantly fouling him during Chelsea's 2-1 win at Old Trafford on Saturday, reports the Daily Mail. "Without doubt, we created more chances and deserved to win,' Zhirkov told Bobsoccer. "Manchester United tried very hard because they understand how important the outcome of this match was.
"I played on the left of defence, with hopes of connecting to the attack, but it turned out that I spent almost all the time in defence.
"United tried to put pressure on our goal, but we passed the test with flying colours."
Zhirkov, more naturally a winger than a full back, got the better of in-form United winger Valencia, but not without a battle.
"He's a strong player, without doubt," said the £18million summer signing from CSKA Moscow. "But all too often he plays with his hands.
"He constantly grabbed me, pushed me, particularly when taking the ball back towards goal. The referee, unfortunately, didn't always stop his antics."