Red Devils held by the Blues

CFC-MUFC-16A late strike by Costa denied the Red Devils the chance to close the gap on the top 4 teams, as Chelsea and Manchester United shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, keeping Chelsea unbeaten since they sacked Mourinho. Despite a very good first 15 minutes in the first half for United, Chelsea were not really rocked as only Martial created United’s best chance of scoring as his fierce strike forced Courtois into a brilliant save. Chelsea gradually clawed their way into the game, as Matic’s header forced De Gea to stretch himself to catch the ball, then Costa and Oscar had chances but failed to hit the target. Terry then had a penalty shout dismissed, as his shot deflected off Blind’s arm but only a corner-kick was awarded by the referee.

0-0 at half time, Chelsea looked to cause an upset as the second half resumed, but it was United which had more promising chances, as Rooney forced Courtois into a save, with the latter then saving Lingard’s long range effort minutes later. Chelsea however had to do without Zouma before the hour mark, as the latter landed awkwardly on his right knee following a clearance, and had to be substituted. After a brief stoppage, United were back in attack, and Lingard finally found the net on the 61st minute. Borthwick-Jackson delivered a very good low cross from his left side, and Lingard’s finish was exquisite as he fired an unstoppable shot on the turn to give United the lead. However, from thereon United went more defensive, and Chelsea came close twice as Ivanovic’s volley was kept out by De Gea, the latter again called into action minutes later as this time Fabregas delivered a fierce shot which was heading into the top corner. However United’s resilience finally gave away in the first minute of added time, after Memphis lost the ball in Chelsea’s half, and a quick counter saw Costa being played onside by Borthwick-Jackson, and the former made no mistake in rounding off both the defender and De Gea to slot home the equalizer. Costa could have even scored the winner in the dying seconds, but De Gea reacted very well to keep the low shot out, as both teams had to eventually content themselves with 1 point apiece, with United allowing the chance to get closer to the 4th spot slip past them.

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