Manchester United was 2-1 winners over Chelsea as goals from Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard gave the host a 2-1 inn at home.
The match was a highly entertaining contest as Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte stood in the touchline orchestrating the rhythm of the match from a tactical point of view.
The United/Chelsea clash lived up to the billing as the (two) Managers in view exchanged pleasantries (shook hands) after the match before departing from the touchline at the end of the match.
With United claiming a 2-1 home win over the visitors Chelsea, we evaluate the three (3) talking points from the Super Sunday clash.
Lukaku makes his mark
The Belgian forward showed what he is capable of doing as he starred his side to a crucial win against his former side Chelsea. Lukaku got on the score sheet to bring the scores at 1-1 after being set-up by strike partner Anthony Martial.
This was made possible following United’s swift attacking move in the final third that saw new signing Alexis Sanchez involved in the build-up to the goal. Lukaku rounded-up a convincing display with a superb cross into the box which substitute Jesse Lingard nodded in for United’s winner in the match.
What a performance from the big forward as Lukaku made his mark thus threatening the Chelsea defence for most of the contest.
Impressive performance from Willian
The Brazilian gave Chelsea some reasons to smile despite the 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford. The playmaker scored for Chelsea in the 32nd minute of the tie to set up a frenetic contest at the Theatre of Dreams.
Fresh from his goal against Spanish giants FC Barcelona, he added to his goal tally (his 12th goal of the season) thus leaving United with the response to upturn his (goal) contribution in the game.
Willian was the architect of Chelsea display alongside Belgian superstar Eden Hazard as both players combined to give Chelsea 0-1 lead on the road.
His flair and touches were delightful as the Chelsea playmaker offered some hope to his side fading season with a trip to the Nou Camp still to come in the next few days.
Jose edge Conte
What can you say about the contest as both managers tried to live up to the expectation in a high profile game of this magnitude? Mourinho read his match script well as he introduced Jesse Lingard for the tiring Anthony Marital with the match tied at 1-1.
He made another intelligent substitution in bringing on Eric Baily to annul the aerial presence of Olivier Giroud in the box after Conte had sent the French man on in place of right back Victor Moses.
It was really a tactical battle between both (top) Managers but Jose made the most of it as he came from a goal down (0-1) to beat Antonio Conte Chelsea side 2-1 on the day.
Conte needed to do better from his tactical spectrum as Fabregas should have come on earlier to spread play (passes) for Chelsea.
The Italian’s hesitation to make the substitution early on saw Jose’s side steal the show from his tactical room as United recorded a 2-1 home win.