January 17, 2022

Cautious Man Utd frustrate leaders Chelsea in draw

Premier League leaders Chelsea have been left annoyed as Manchester United’s conservative recreation plan earned them a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

With Cristiano Ronaldo benched, United redefined the thought of warning within the first half, taking 21 minutes to the touch the ball within the closing third and 44 minutes to have a contact in Chelsea’s field, however the hosts struggled to interrupt them down.

Callum Hudson-Odoi noticed an effort properly saved by David de Gea, and later within the half the goalkeeper tipped Antonio Rudiger’s long-range shot onto the crossbar, however United shocked Chelsea to take the lead moments after half-time as Jadon Sancho feasted on Jorginho’s mistake to run via on purpose unopposed and end (50) for his first Premier League purpose.

Jadon Sancho

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Jadon Sancho celebrates opening the scoring

However Jorginho had an opportunity to redeem himself as Aaron Wan-Bissaka kicked the again of Thiago Silva’s leg within the field, permitting the Italian to attain from the spot for 1-1 (69).

Chelsea huffed and puffed however couldn’t discover a winner – Rudiger blazed over the bar within the 97th minute unmarked on the far submit – which means Michael Carrick stays unbeaten in what may very well be his closing match in cost with the approaching arrival of Ralf Rangnick as interim supervisor. Man Utd are eighth, whereas Chelsea keep high, now only a level forward of Man Metropolis.

Participant rankings

Chelsea: Mendy (6), Chalobah (7), Silva (7), Rudiger (7), James (7), Alonso (6), Jorginho (5), Loftus-Cheek (6), Ziyech (6), Hudson-Odoi (7), Werner (5)

Subs: Mount (6), Pulisic (5), Lukaku (n/a).

Man Utd: De Gea (7), Wan-Bissaka (4), Lindelof (6), Bailly (6), Telles (6), Fred (6), Matic (7), McTominay (8), Sancho (7), Fernandes (5), Rashford (6).

Subs: Ronaldo (5), Lingard (5), Van de Beek (n/a).

Man of the match: Scott McTominay

How Man Utd recreation plan labored a deal with in draw

Carrick’s choice to drop Ronaldo – it was solely the fourth time in 9 years he has began a league recreation on the bench – and begin a midfield three of Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay and Fred pointed to a vigilant method in a recreation the place a draw would have been seen as end result.

And although United did certainly camp in their very own half throughout the first 45 minutes, particular person errors virtually price them within the opening 4 minutes.

Manchester United caretaker manager Michael Carrick on the touchline as Cristiano Ronaldo looks on from the bench

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Manchester United caretaker supervisor Michael Carrick on the touchline as Cristiano Ronaldo seems to be on from the bench

First, Hakim Ziyech turned away from Eric Bailly all too simply however was blocked by De Gea, and the goalkeeper needed to be at his greatest moments later as Wan-Bissaka’s failed interception allowed Hudson-Odoi in, however his effort was saved with Timo Werner in a greater place beside him.

It was under no circumstances adventurous in an attacking from the guests, their first contact within the closing third coming within the 21st minute as Bruno Fernandes harmlessly struck vast. On the different finish United grew to become so packed in that Chelsea have been diminished to long-range efforts, Rudiger cracking the crossbar from 25 yards, though De Gea received the slightest of touches.

HT Chelsea 0-0 Manchester Utd

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Callum Hudson-Odoi sees a shot saved by David de Gea

United ended the half with simply 32 per cent possession, no shot on course and an xG of simply 0.02, however the statistics meant little because the guests scored towards the run of play.

Trying to take down an extended clearance with each Sancho and Marcus Rashford bearing down on him, Jorginho’s miscontrol allowed Sancho to take over and pile ahead unopposed. He had time to settle himself, and slotted low previous Edouard Mendy for his second purpose in as many video games.

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Sancho capitalises on Jorginho howler as Manchester United take the lead at Chelsea!

Chelsea skipper Jorginho stood head in palms trying again on the wreckage behind him, figuring out he ought to have cleared the ball on the first alternative, selling each Roy Keane and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to explain the choice as “boastful” after the sport on Sky Sports activities.

Werner then hooked an honest probability vast because the ball fell kindly to him at a nook, Ronaldo was launched on the hour mark, however United handed Chelsea an opportunity to degree as Wan-Bissaka clumsily kicked the again of Thiago Silva’s leg as he went to clear within the field. Jorginho stepped up, and sat De Gea all the way down to convert.

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Silva fouled; Jorginho scores pen

With 20 minutes remaining, Chelsea may scent a winner, however regardless of the introduction of Romelu Lukaku after an harm lay-off, they may not discover it.

Wan-Bissaka appeared from nowhere to dam Werner within the field, and within the seventh minute of stoppage time Rudiger blasted into the stands unmarked 10 yards out from a Christian Pulisic cross.

Jadon Sancho is replaced by team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo in the second half

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Jadon Sancho is changed by team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo within the second half

United had their very own probabilities, too, as the sport opened up late on, however the perfect fell to Fred, who harmlessly chipped into Mendy’s palms with Ronaldo and Jesse Lingard in higher positions.

Workforce information

Ronaldo was named on the bench for Man Utd for under the second time within the Premier League this season, with Carrick naming a midfield three of McTominay, Fred and Matic. Fernandes, Rashford and Sancho have been in entrance of them, whereas Bailly and Lindelof have been paired at centre-back.

Chelsea made 4 adjustments from the aspect that beat Leicester final weekend; Alonso got here in for the injured Chilwell, whereas Werner, Ziyech and Loftus-Cheek got here in for Havertz, Mount and the injured Kante. Lukaku returned to the bench.

Regardless of trailing with 21 minutes remaining, Chelsea will see this as two factors dropped – they’d 24 photographs on United’s purpose – however after weeks of instability, this makeshift United aspect received what they got here to Stamford Bridge to attain as Rangnick waits within the wings.

Keane: Man Utd spirited, however nonetheless query marks

Roy Keane on Sky Sports activities:

“It is a large level to Manchester United as a result of Chelsea have been by far the higher staff. However United have been spirited, caught at it, so they are going to take just a little little bit of momentum into their season now. Hopefully they’ll kick on.

“A number of adjustments over the past week, a brand new supervisor coming in subsequent week, however there are nonetheless large query marks over a number of these gamers. However they deserve credit score as a result of they caught collectively in what was a spirited efficiency moderately than certainly one of actual high quality. I stated if United have been to get something from the sport it might possibly be all the way down to a little bit of conceitedness from Chelsea, which proved to be the case with the purpose.

“To say United performed properly at present, or throughout the week [is a stretch], however they have two constructive outcomes and that’s what you all the time fall again on, the outcomes. David de Gea’s stated after the sport United fought for every thing, however that’s what try to be doing each week. It is as if these gamers decide and select their moments when they’re up for it.

“If you wish to play for Manchester United and compete for titles, you try this week in, week out. There was spirit at present, they usually deserve credit score for that, however finally you need extra.”

Opta stats

  • Throughout November up to now, Manchester United (17) have mustered the fewest variety of photographs of all Premier League sides, while additionally dealing with extra photographs than any staff (60).
  • United managed only one additional try after taking the lead this night, with their complete of three photographs their lowest in a Premier League recreation since April 2017 towards Manchester Metropolis (additionally 3).
  • Chelsea at the moment are winless of their final eight Premier League video games towards Man Utd (D5 L3).
  • Of their final two Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge towards Burnley and Manchester United, Chelsea have tried 49 photographs, confronted simply eight themselves and had 100 touches of their opponent’s penalty space.

What’s next?

Chelsea go to Watford at 7.30pm on Wednesday night within the Premier League, whereas Man Utd host Arsenal on Thursday at 8.15pm. Free highlights from each video games might be obtainable on the Sky Sports activities web site, App and YouTube channel.