With Manchester City and Liverpool picking up wins Chelsea knew they needed a win ahead of their clash with Manchester United. United, off the back of sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, are looking like a new side fresh off their 2-0 win over Villarreal. A Chelsea mistake proved costly for the league leaders who dropped two points in a game that finished 1-1 despite Chelsea controlling vast portions of the match.
Chelsea Mistake Leads to Dropped Points
Manchester United showcased a renewed energy throughout the first half. Under Ole they would have no doubt been a number of goals down in the opening 45 but this new-look United side were ready to make Chelsea work for a win. For their part, Chelsea were looking in control throughout the half as they showcased all the qualities that got them big wins over Birmingham and Juventus, even preventing United from registering a single shot on target before the break. Unfortunately for Thomas Tuchel his side were failing to make possession and chances count against a spirited United press as the two sides went into the break level at 0-0.
Chelsea Mistake Opens The Door
Five minutes after the restart Jorginho lost the ball and opened the door for United to approach the goal in a 2-on-1 situation with Edouard Mendy. Jadon Sancho took advantage of the situation to score his first Premier League goal for United and put his side ahead.
After comfortably sailing through the game Chelsea were put behind the eight ball and the game opened up. Jorginho made up for his mistake by equalizing for Chelsea in the 69th minute from the penalty spot to get them back into the game.
The finishing stretch of the game was hectic with both sides trying to get the win and tensions rising with each passing foul, most notably Edouard Mendy almost gifted United a second goal but Fred’s attempted chip shot fell right into the hands of the Chelsea man.
The game ended at 1-1 with Chelsea living to rue their mistake as they now sit just one point ahead of Manchester City and two ahead of Liverpool in the league table.