Chelsea’s rotten run against Manchester United continues as they draw with the Red Devils at the Bridge.
Written by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).
After thrashing Juventus 4-0 on Tuesday evening, Chelsea returned to Stamford Bridge with all the confidence in the world as they took on an out-of-sorts Manchester United side.
The Blues entered the game sat top of the tree, with both Manchester City and Liverpool hot on their tails. However, Tuchel’s side have showed no signs of cracking under pressure – losing just two games in all competitions thus far.
Despite their form, the Blues have struggled against the Red Devils in recent years – failing to seek a league victory against United since November 2017.
As we’ve seen so often this season, Chelsea began the game positively with their opponents camped into their own half. An early Hakim Ziyech tested the waters, but the Morrocan was denied by de Gea.
On the 4th minute the Blues had a glorious chance to open their account as Callum Hudson-Odoi worked his way into a dangerous position. The winger had a vacant Timo Werner as an option but chose to go alone, leading to another early de Gea save.
After a barrage of efforts, Tuchel’s side came close again on the half hour mark as defender Antonio Rüdiger struck the crossbar from range. Chelsea were in control but struggling to find their all-important goal.
There was later a notable shot on target from Callum Hudson-Odoi, but despite Chelsea’s dominance – both teams went into the half-time break all square.
As he did against Villarreal in mid-week, Michael Carrick set up his United side to defend whilst searching for a counter-attack through their pace up front. Just five minutes into the second half, Carrick’s tactics worked a charm as the visitors snatched an early goal through Jadon Sancho.
The United winger latched onto a bad touch from Jorginho, leading him into a one-on-one with Édouard Mendy. The opportunity was then taken by Sancho, who tucked away his first Premier League goal at an important time.
The Blues now needed a response and were encouraged by the eruption of noise at Stamford Bridge. The best of the bunch perhaps fell to Timo Werner just before the hour mark, with the German putting his excellently struck effort wide.
However, the hosts continued to persist and were eventually awarded a penalty as Thiago Silva went down on the 67th minute.
Jorginho seeked redemption for his mistake as he dispatched his penalty from 12 yards. The Blues – who were just trailing – were now looking for a winner.
Tuchel’s side went on to continue their quest for a goal with the best chance falling to Antonio Rüdiger with the last kick of the game.
The defender failed to keep his volley low, with Anthony Taylor’s full-time whistle echoing through the stadium just seconds later.
After the whistle:
Chelsea dominated the game from start to finish but will be disappointed to receive just a point from the match. The visitors defended well for 90 minutes, but failed to cause a threat in their limited amount of attacks.
Jorginho’s mistake was clinically exploited by Jadon Sancho, who will be glad to find the back of the net given his tough return to English football.
Although it seems doom and gloom for the Blues – who have had consecutive 1-1 draws in their previous two league home matches – there is still a lot to be optimistic about. Tuchel’s side are still top of the Premier League, and can be boosted by the return of the likes of Romelu Lukaku in their next few games.
Chelsea will hope to return to winning form on Wednesday, as the Champions of Europe travel to Vicarage Road for a reunion with former manager Claudio Ranieri.
Manchester United on the other hand will see Ralf Rangnick take his first game in charge on Thursday as the Red Devils host Arsenal at Old Trafford.
Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United.
- Sancho (50’).
- Jorginho (69’ pen).
BBC Sports Player of the match:
David de Gea (Manchester United).
Mendy (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Rüdiger; James, Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho ©, Alonso (78’); Ziyech, Hudson-Odoi (78’); Werner (82’).
- Subs: Mount (78’), Pulisic (78’), Lukaku (82’).
Manchester United (4-3-2-1): de Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Bailly, Telles; McTominay, Matic, Fred; Fernandes (89’); Sancho (64’), Rashford (77’).
- Subs: Ronaldo (64’), Lingard (77’), van de Beek (89’).
Chelsea (66%) vs Manchester United (34%).
Chelsea (24) vs Manchester United (3).
Shots on target:
Chelsea (6) vs Manchester United (2).
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- (credit | BBC Sport).
- (credit | Chelsea Football Club).