Report: Chelsea 1 United 1
Manchester United snatched a deserved point at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening as Casemiro rose to head home his first goal for the club in injury-time and claim a 1-1 draw for the Reds against Chelsea.
The visitors dominated the clash but we went behind three minutes from time when Jorginho fired home from the penalty spot after Scott McTominay had pulled Chelsea substitute Armando Broja to the ground inside the box.
It would have been a harsh result on the Reds, but the drama didn't end there as United fought back to grab a deserved point in injury time. Casemiro got on the end of a Luke Shaw cross from the left, and the Brazilian's superb header crept past Kepa Arrizabalaga - via the post - and just over the line to secure the draw.
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FIRST HALF - DOMINANT BUT NO GOALS
United quickly set the tempo in the opening minutes, dominating possession in the centre of the pitch whilst pressing the opposition whenever we lost the ball. And it nearly paid off when Shaw picked the ball up from a Christian Eriksen pass. The left-back travelled deep inside the Chelsea half and fired the ball towards goal, but was narrowly wide of the far post.
From there, United’s attacking force would not relent. Antony forced Kepa to make the first save of the match, cutting in from the right and curling the ball with his left foot but the Spaniard got down low to make the stop.
By the 30-minute mark, the Reds had 62 per cent of the possession and had total control over the game, with Chelsea not registering a single shot on target. However, despite the impressive stats, Erik ten Hag's men were struggling to have a significant attempt on goal.
But that nearly changed when Marcus Rashford sprinted into the box from a counterattack and thundered the ball from a tight angle, which was saved by Kepa. Moments later, Antony switched the ball across the pitch towards Jadon Sancho, but his attempt was collected easily by the goalkeeper.
Against the run of play, Chelsea nearly took the lead just before the end of the half. Mason Mount found Raheem Sterling in a big amount of space, but a combination of Casemiro getting tight to him and Dalot putting pressure on Aubameyang squandered the chance for the Blues.
United responded instantly, with Bruno Fernandes beating his man and finding a great pass to Antony, but the Brazilian winger failed to take the chance, hitting the ball on his weaker right foot just wide of the near post.
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SECOND HALF - THE LATE LATE SHOW
Graham Potter’s side came out at the start of the half with more intensity and took back a bit more possession of the game, but clear-cut chances were still few and far between for both sides.
There was a blow for United on the hour-mark when Rafael Varane picked up a serious-looking injury which forced the Frenchman off. Our no.19 was clearly distressed and even though he was able to walk off, he did so in tears as he was replaced by Victor Lindelof.
On 72 minutes the Blues went close when Trevoh Chalobah rose to head the ball onto the bar.
It looked like the hosts had snatched the victory three minutes from time when McTominay brought down fellow substitute Broja inside the area. Jorginho, Chelsea’s main penalty-taker, stepped up to send De Gea the wrong way.
United would not be denied, however. With six minutes of added time given, Shaw drove down the left-hand side and floated a ball into the area. Casemiro leaped up to meet it and while Kepa got a touch to it, the ball bounced off the post and over the line as the Brazilian wheeled away in a euphoric celebration to celebrate his first Reds goal.
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Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta (c), Chalobah, Silva, Cucurella (Kovacic 35), Loftus-Cheek (Chukwuemeka 79), Jorginho, Chilwell, Mount, Sterling (Broja 79), Aubameyang (Pulisic 74)
Subs not used: Mendy, Gallagher, Zakaria, Havertz, Ziyech.
Goal: Jorginho 87 (pen)
United: De Gea; Dalot, Varane (Lindelof 59), Martinez, Shaw; Casemiro, Eriksen (McTominay 80), Antony, Fernandes (c), Sancho (Fred 52); Rashford (Elanga 80).
Subs not used: Heaton, Malacia, Iqbal, Pellistri, Garnacho.
Goal: Casemiro 90+4
Booked: Antony, Fred, Shaw, Martinez