Following a successful international break Manchester United players arrived back to face one of their toughest challenges yet, playing high flying Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. United’s form of late had been inconsistent to say the least, so facing a Chelsea side that hasn’t lost a game this season looked a tough proposition.
Manchester United XI: David De Gea, Ashley Young (c), Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelöf, Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford.
Chelsea XI: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Cesar Azpilicueta (c), Antonio Rudiger, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Willian, Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard.
The game started off as expected, with Chelsea dominating the ball and United sitting back trying to make it difficult for them. For the most part, this game plan worked out with United keeping most of Chelsea’s star men quiet. However, it wasn’t all positive for United as in the 21st minute they conceded a goal from a corner, which was headed home by Chelsea centre back Antonio Rudiger. This goal was probably deserved on the balance of the play, but only came about due to United’s poor defending on a corner, once again. The first half carried on much the same with it eventually finishing 1-0 to Chelsea.
The second half started much more positively for United, who having had a half-time kick up the backside by Mourinho came out and attacked Chelsea, knocking them off their rhythm. It wasn’t long until the pressure led to a United equaliser. Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa kept out a good Juan Mata shot, but the Chelsea defence never managed to clear the ball away properly, leading to Ashley Young having a go from the other side of the box. His shot took a slight deflection off Jorginho and then Marcus Rashford before reaching Martial, who fired it in coolly and emphatically.
And it wasn’t long before United once again punished Chelsea as Martial managed to get his second goal. A quick counter attack by United saw Mata and Rashford combine before the ball fell once again to the feet of Martial who made no mistakes (the man is a machine), putting United in the lead for the first time in the game.
Unfortunately for United, the victory wasn’t to be as in the 96th minute a scramble in the box eventually fell to substitute Ross Barkley who fired home for the Blues, denying United of their first victory at Stamford Bridge since 2012.
[6 years and still trying!!! Something is seriously wrong here.]