Manchester United picked up a much-needed three points with a win over Chelsea on Wednesday evening. Scott McTominay was at the double to extend his lead at the top of Manchester United’s scoring charts this season. Chelsea leveled the game just before halftime through Cole Palmer. Regardless, United was certainly the better team on the night at Old Trafford.
Erik ten Hag’s United makes a slight climb in the Premier League to sixth, while Chelsea maintains its spot of 10th in the table. However, there are now eight points of separation between the two. United shrunk the gap with the Champions League spots to just three points. Newcastle and Tottenham are yet to play, which could have ramifications for where United sits in the table by the end of tomorrow.
By the end of the game, United had sent 28 shots toward the Chelsea net. Nine of those were on target. That includes a penalty from Bruno Fernandes in the first half that Robert Sanchez saved. Scott McTominay pounced not long after to give United a deserved lead. Then, in the second half, a lofted cross from Alejandro Garnacho, who had a terrific game, met the head of McTominay on the back post.
One Manchester club wins, the other loses
Manchester United was an underdog at home against Chelsea. However, it was not as big of an underdog as Aston Villa. Despite Unai Emery’s side’s form in the league, Manchester City posed a major challenge. A 1-0 win, courtesy of a Leon Bailey deflected goal, allowed Villa to jump City in the table.
Bournemouth won its third out of its last four games to continue climbing up the table. At the same time, a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Fulham continues to pile pressure on Steve Cooper at Nottingham Forest.
FULL TIME: Manchester United 2, Chelsea 1
It is a massive three points for Manchester United. Two goals from Scott McTominay bump United up to sixth in the league table, even though Newcastle will play tomorrow.
Chelsea loses again to Manchester United. It has not won at Old Trafford in the Premier League since 2013 when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge of the Red Devils. The Blues remain 10th in the league table.
We are now in stoppage time of stoppage time. Boos ring out around Old Trafford with the time expired, but Chelsea has a corner in the dying moments.
90' FOUR minutes of stoppage time
Chelsea will have four minutes to pull level in this game, and Manchester United looks like it will hold on for the three points. Jonny Evans is coming on for Alejandro Garnacho.
89' Chelsea still trying for an equalizer
Reece James fires a shot high on the volley. While off target, it shows that Chelsea can still push forward in search of its second goal.
85' Chances for Chelsea!
Chelsea has two excellent chances in quick succession. The first comes on a cross where Enzo Fernandez is in the middle. He tries to backheel the ball between his legs, and the ball scurries away. Then, on the other side, Levi Colwill fields a pass and his shot goes just wide of Onana's net.
84' Rashford enters for United
Erik ten Hag makes a change as Marcus Rashford comes on to provide fresh legs at the top of the formation. He replaces Rasmus Hojlund.
82' Dalot's tactical foul
Diogo Dalot picks up a yellow card to stop a promising Chelsea attack. Raheem Sterling is marauding toward the United net, and the Portuguese defender trips up the Englishman.
80' Inches away from a third
Reece James is caught in possession again, and that starts another United attack. Reguilon plays a pass that Garnacho takes on first time. The Argentine drags the shot wide by no more than the width of the ball.
74' Another super chance for United
A spell of Chelsea possession pulls its outfield players into the United half. Andre Onana claims a loose cross, and he instantly blasts a punt toward Garnacho. At first, Reece James loses the 50/50. Fortunately for Chelsea, James recovers to block Garnacho's shot.
72' McTominay makes a mess of the hat trick attempt
A dreadful giveaway from Robert Sanchez provides an instant chance for Manchester United. Antony plays it through to McTominay, whose left-footed shot bounces into the ground and scuttles away for a goal kick.
69' MCTOMINAY AGAIN
It is the Scot again! Scott McTominay is one of three United players waiting at the back post for Alejandro Garnacho's floated cross.
Colwill is the defender responsible, but he goes down too easily, which allows McTominay to bundle the ball into the back of the net. VAR is reviewing a potential foul on Colwill, though.
United leads, 2-1, after VAR confirms the goal.
62' Penalty shout for United
Luke Shaw drives a shot on the half volley on goal. Levi Colwill is in the way, and the ball hits his arm. The referee does not blow for a penalty, and VAR agrees that Colwill was in a natural position. No penalty.
The game remains 1-1 after the hour mark.
61' United goes close
Antony's outside-of-the-foot shot takes a massive deflection off Thiago Silva. Robert Sanchez scrambles back across the face of goal and he sees it trickle out of play for a corner.
58' A sloppy second half
Neither side looks overly comfortable on the ball in this second period. Errant passes and loose touches from both teams are conceding possession regularly.
55' Spritely Garnacho goes close
Alejandro Garnacho scored a wonder-goal against Everton over a week ago. He tried something similar after the offside flag went up. Yet, not long after, he does nearly curl a shot into the top corner, but the ball goes out for a goal kick.
52' United exposed on the counter-attack
A Manchester United corner goes nowhere, and Chelsea is quick to spring the other way. Mudryk forces a shot that yields a corner for the Blues.
49' Chelsea chance!
Nicolas Jackson has missed several chances in his first season at Stamford Bridge, despite the fact that he leads Chelsea in goals this season. A header at the back post over Diogo Dalot is a major opportunity that he skies over the net.
46' Back underway at Old Trafford
The second half begins in the same way the first half did, level. These teams have played out draws in five of the last six meetings in the Premier League, so this may be par for the course.
Both sides had chances left available in the first half, so there may be goals to come in this one.
One halftime change for each team
Manchester United is brining on Sergio Reguilon to replace Victor Lindelof. That will put Luke Shaw as a center-back.
Chelsea is taking off Marc Cucurella for Reece James. It was a surprise for Cucurella to start the game, but now Reece James returns to the field.
HALFTIME: Man United 1, Chelsea 1
The game enters the halftime break level Manchester United has dominated in every statistical category. The most important one is the scoreline, which level after Cole Palmer's ball slid home.
Bruno Fernandes did have a penalty saved, which could be the difference in this game.
As we enter eight minutes of stoppage time, Chelsea looks more threatening and comfortable on the ball. It is beating the press of Manchester United and drawing fouls from the United midfield.
45' GOAL CHELSEA
All of those chances for Manchester United are now looking even more costly. Former Manchester City talent Cole Palmer places a perfect shot just inside the post to draw Chelsea level.
1-1 just before the halftime break.
38' McTominay down with injury
Scott McTominay is down on the pitch after another calamitous sequence of play. He eventually returns after getting attention.
36' Mudryk misses a chance
Manchester United's defense has been poor, and Chelsea has come close again. Mudryk is one-on-one against Harry Maguire. The Ukrainian takes the shot and he pulls it narrowly wide of Onana's post.
33' Chelsea's best chance goes begging!
While the broadcast is still showing replays of McTominay's missed effort, Raheem Sterling springs forward beyond United's high line. He sqaures the ball to Jackson, but Andre Onana does brilliantly to come out and deny the Chelsea striker.
United still leads, 1-0.
32' How have United not scored again?
Scott McTominay has an uncontested header inside the six-yard box, but his effort is denied by Sanchez. The rebound slams back off McTominay and into a grateful Sanchez's arms.
30' Referee repairs take steam out of game
A frantic game for Manchester United takes a slight halt as one of the assistant referees repairs his microphone. That could be the reset Chelsea needs to establish some stability in this game.
24' Chelsea wants a penalty
Raheem Sterling goes to the ground after neat work from Nicolas Jackson. The England international wants a penalty, but the referee waves it off. VAR also chimed in to say there was no error in his no-call.
23' Silly yellow cards for United
Despite the positive start, it has not been perfect for Manchester United. Luke Shaw and Alejandro Garnacho, both down the left side of the field, are both on yellows for reactions to calls.
19' GOAL MANCHESTER UNITED
It has been coming, and it is Scott McTominay AGAIN! The central midfielder has been a frequent name on the scoresheet this season for Manchester United.
Alejandro Garnacho squares the ball to Harry Maguire, whose attempt is blocked by Chelsea's defense. McTominay claims the rebound, and passes it beyond Sanchez.
19' Chances coming at both ends
Chelsea finally fired its first shot of the game. Enzo Fernandez tested Andre Onana from distance, and the Cameroonian made a good stop. At the other end, United keeps pressing.
13' Hosts keeping Sanchez busy
Robert Sanchez has been by far the busier of the two goalkeepers early on. This time, Garnacho gets a shot on target, but Sanchez is able to close the gap between his legs to avoid the opening goal.
9' PENALTY SAVED
Bruno Fernandes is saved by Robert Sanchez! A weak penalty from the Portuguese is not hit hard or into a good position. The Spaniard gets a strong hand to the ball, and Alejandro Garnacho's rebound attempt sails over the crossbar.
8' Penalty given!
United will have a penalty after just eight minutes. The referee deemed Fernandez's action was enough to warrant the spot kick.
7' VAR review underway
The center referee is looking at a challenge from Enzo Fernandez in the box on Antony. The Argentine stepped on Antony after he released the ball.
6' Multiple United chances
Manchester United is looking lively early on in this game. Careless play at the back from Chelsea is leading to opportunities for the Red Devils.
3' Manchester United chance
The build-up play starts from Andre Onana, who lobs it out to Luke Shaw. The England left-back plays through Rasmus Hojlund, whose low shot meets the palm of a diving Robert Sanchez. United earns the first corner of the game.
2' Chelsea already pressing forward
The first controversy of the game comes early. Nicolas Jackson skins Harry Maguire, and the Chelsea forward goes to the ground. The referee sees no problem just outside the box despite complaints from the Chelsea players and bench.
A meeting of two of the season's 'crisis clubs' is the headline lead commentator Mark Scott gives this game. Perhaps some desperation will come because of that.
United vs. Chelsea: Who needs points more?
Much of the pregame debate surrounds which of these out-of-form teams needs a result more. Many say United, which looked dismal against Newcastle, needs a result as the home team. However, Chelsea slumped into the bottom half of the table on Wednesday because of results elsewhere.
15 minutes to kickoff
While most fans are focusing on the other games going on in the Premier League, the action is about to get underway at Old Trafford. Those interested in what bookies have to say can note that United is an underdog at home against Chelsea.
Chelsea's struggles against Manchester United
Even if Chelsea's run of form over the last two seasons is poor, it has been especially weak against Manchester United. Last season, the Red Devils picked up four points from its two games against Chelsea.
Still, the last time Chelsea defeated Manchester United in Premier League play was November 2017. Alvaro Morata scored the winning goal for Antonio Conte's side.
Importance of this game
Even though neither United nor Chelsea is in a strong spot in the table, that only adds to the need for points in this game.
United is five points back of Aston Villa in fourth. With Villa playing City today, there is a good chance Unai Emery's side drops points.
Chelsea is still figuring itself out after a massive rebuild. With so many new faces, there have been moments where Chelsea has shown potential. United should provide a good test for a team that previously won on the road at Tottenham.
Team news is in for both clubs
Both Chelsea and Manchester United unveiled the starting XIs to battle at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
- GK: Andre Onana
- RB: Diogo Dalot
- CB: Harry Maguire
- CB: Victor Lindelof
- LB: Luke Shaw
- CDM: Sofyan Amrabat
- CM: Scott McTominay
- CM: Bruno Fernandes
- RW: Antony
- ST: Rasmus Hojlund
- LW: Alejandro Garnacho
- GK: Robert Sanchez
- RB: Axel Disasi
- CB: Thiago Silva
- CB: Levi Colwill
- LB: Marc Cucurella
- CM: Enzo Fernandez
- CM: Moises Caicedo
- CAM: Cole Palmer
- RW: Raheem Sterling
- ST: Nicolas Jackson
- LW: Mykhailo Mudryk
Chelsea travels to Man United for midweek action
In a traditional big-six matchup in the Premier League, two struggling clubs battle in need of points.
Mauricio Pochettino is on the hunt for a second straight win with the Blues. United wants to bounce back from defeat against Newcastle to stay in the hunt for European qualification.
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