The Red Devils are slowly reassuring themselves and remain in the race for Europe. After two consecutive defeats in the league, Manchester United players raised their heads by obtaining a happy draw against Chelsea on Thursday in the advanced match of the 37th day (1-1).
Largely dominated in the game by the somewhat clumsy Blues at the finish, the Mancunians were initially able to count on an excellent David De Gea. Marcos Alonso ended up finding the fault (60th) but Cristiano Ronaldo answered him immediately (62nd). Chelsea consolidates its 3rd place, Manchester United remains 6th but returns to three lengths from Tottenham, 5th and which has 2 matches less like Arsenal, 4th at 5 points.
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De Gea resists
If the Mancunians keep their chances for European places, they clearly said goodbye to the next Champions League after this result. Their coach Ralf Rangnick had in any case announced before the meeting that this objective was now out of reach because it only depended on a poor performance from the Gunners and Spurs. The German technician also had to deal with a cascade of injuries for this shock. His compatriot Thomas Tuchel was able to field his eleven-type and the Blues stifled their opponents in the first quarter of an hour.
While the restless Timo Werner created gaps and Mason Mount directed the game, the hyperactive Reece James heated De Gea’s gloves with a heavy strike from 20 meters (5th). Manchester United still entered their match with a slightly soft header from Bruno Fernandes (10th) and a missed scissor from Ronaldo (14th). These two attempts did not mask the collective flaws of the Red Devils, however, and Chelsea remained clearly superior. N’Golo Kanté (19th) then Kai Havertz (28th and 36th) again solicited the impeccable De Gea in the first period.
David de Gea
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The meeting resumed in the same tone with lively, available and inspired Blues. The visitors logically unblocked the situation on a cross from James, extended with a header by Havertz and perfectly taken over on the left of the zone of truth by Alonso (0-1, 60th).
The Spaniard, however, barely had time to celebrate his third goal of the season in the league. Manchester United surprisingly found a way to equalize in stride when Nemanja Matic recovered the ball in front of Kanté to give it to CR7 who sent it under the bar of Edouard Mendy with a powerful cross shot (1-1, 62nd). The Portuguese now has 101 Premier League goals, including 17 this season.
Chelsea moved forward and Tuchel launched Romelu Lukaku to give more power to his attack (70th). But it was still James, subtly served behind a backheel by Mount, who sent a final thrill by sending his axial shot on the right post of De Gea, totally surprised (80th). With 21 shots from 6 on target, Chelsea spared no effort but failed to snatch their first league victory at Old Trafford in nine years. After setbacks to Liverpool (4-0) and Arsenal (3-1), Manchester United is doing better this time.
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