Chelsea vs Man United: Post Match Overview
A fairly quick start to the weekend's Premier League fixtures with a midday kickoff between Chelsea and Manchester United.
The match began with a number of early fouls within the first 15 minutes of the game from the Red Devils. It was clear to see that Mourinho set His sights on implementing numerous stoppages, in order to disrupt the flow of Chelsea's passing style of play.
Mourinho's side were possibly in the best transition of play by taking the game to Chelsea in the first 20 minutes. It unfortunately wasn't enough to prevent a powerfully guided, bullet-like, header from German international Antonio Rudiger, in the 21st minute.
After a closely matched tactical first half from both teams, an improvement for either siden would be to possibly produce a higher rate of attacking chances. It's clearly evident to see that the midfield trio of Kante, Kovacic & Jorginho dominated the first 45 minutes of the match. With Chelsea ending the first half with 63.1% possession to United's 36.9%, and the Blues reaching a total of 343 passes to United's 196.
After a total of only 1 shot from the away side in the entire first half, it was difficult to see any form of a comeback if this was to continue. With Antonio Rudiger's 21st minute header being the only factor separating each side.
A goal is what the away side needed to lift the spirits of the travelling fans, and a goal is what they provided in the 54th minute. With United applying pressure in the first 7-8 minutes of the second half. The ball bobbled and bounced in a pinball-like fashion landing in front of Anthony Martial. A good first touch, with a comfortable finish brought the scores level to 1-1.
An unlikely turn of events followed with a quick counterattack in the 72nd minute, as Juan Mata evaded a tackle from David Luiz to play the ball inside to Marcus Rashford. Followed by an excellent pass from Rashford to Martial who caressed the ball into the bottom right corner in the 73rd minute to claim his 2nd goal of the game.
Tension and desperation for the home team and their supporters filled the air in the final 10 minutes of the game.
The away side were seconds from clinching an away win. However, the late arrival of second half substitute Ross Barkley into the box, who produced a soul destroying strike past David De Gea resulted in the game ending 2-2.
Man United fans and the squad as a whole may feel robbed with the final outcome of the game. On the contrary, a clear lesson for the rest of the Premier League teams would be that this Chelsea side can easily be dishevelled or flustered, through a constant injection of aggression. While this performance from Manchester United proved that there is plenty of fuel in the tank to still have an effective season.