As an exciting game comes to an end let’s look again at some of the key points of the match.
Chelsea were undoubtedly the better side in the first fifteen minutes as they were precise in their passing and were always looking to score while the Red Devils took a lot of time to settle down to the game. Alvaro Morata got an incredible chance to score in the third minute when he was just some metres away from the goal and he striked the bar. Mourinho’s men were totally out of control in the opening stage and it was a home game in name only.
A reaction was expected and that happened when Matic and McTominay showed extreme determination and committed to the game.
Manchester United were back into the game as they were pushing through the Chelsea defence but as we have seen in the midweek, Chelsea’s counter attack is brilliant when Willian made a run from the defensive half and a one two with Hazard got him one-on-one with De Gea in which he hammered the ball into the net in the 32nd minute. It was one of the worst moments for the goalkeeper as he conceded through his near post. After the goal, Chelsea remained in control for a while but it was broken after seven minutes when a superb play in the midfield got the ball into the Chelsea box, thanks to Romelu Lukaku’s physicality as he overpowered Christensen which made the young defender make a mistake. Anthony Martial got the ball and a nice short pass to Romelu Lukaku made him score his first goal against the top six Premier League opponents this season.
The home side got back in form and were looking to be the better side from the second half. David de Gea had some problems with his vision as he was unable to see the ball properly due to the sun rays. However, he did not concede a goal though he was very close to. Romelu Lukaku looked to be the best man on the pitch as he was connecting to every ball. Jesse Lingard’s introduction to the game gave a huge boost to Manchester United and just within some time the lightning wonderkid scored a header off to Lukaku’s assist. It was still ten minutes left when Eric Bailly came on for Alexis Sanchez and joined the United defence.
The controversial moment happened when Alvaro Morata’s goal was disallowed on grounds of offside but when viewed in the replay he was onside. Thus, it could have been an equaliser for the blues.
Chelsea gave their best to get the equaliser but Mourinho’s men held the scoreline tight and won the game in the end.