Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea
Goals: Ronaldo (62and) for the Red Devils // Alonso (60and) for the Blues
Two minutes of happiness for 88 minutes of deep boredom.
No, this is not the description of a bad erotic film, but that of a sad poster between Manchester United and Chelsea, the two teams having failed to decide between themselves at Old Trafford (1-1), this Thursday in advanced match of the 37and Premier League day. 120 slightly crazy seconds during which Marcos Alonso concluded with a well-balanced volley one of the countless long streaks of the Blues (0-1, 60and)before seeing the inevitable Cristiano Ronaldo equalize in the wake of a high-class sequence and save, once again, the loaves of the Red Devils (1-1, 62and).
Otherwise, almost nothing. A dominating Chelsea (21 shots on 6, 65% possession), but undisciplined, even unlucky as on the strike of Reece James who comes to smash the post of David de Gea (80and), a Manchester United floating in the void like Marcus Rashford, more lost than ever, and a Mike Dean, the referee of the meeting, generous towards Nemanja Matić (66and), who wiped his crampons on James, and Antonio Rüdiger, author of a very high foot on Anthony Elanga (88and). Result, a disappointing draw for the Blues who nevertheless consolidate their third place in the standings (66 points against 60 for Arsenal, fourth) while MU remain within shooting range of West Ham (55 units to 52) in the battle for sixth place, the last qualifier for the Europa League .
Cristiano Ronaldo in the Europa League Conference? It’s a big yes.
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea – Dalot, Lindelöf, Varane, Telles – McTominay, Matić (Jones, 79and) – Elanga (Garnacho, 90and+1), Fernandes, Rashford (Mata, 79and) – Ronaldo. Coach : Ralf Rannick.
Chelsea (3-4-1-2): Mendy – Azpilicueta, Silva, Rüdiger – James, Jorginho, Kanté (Loftus-Cheek, 82and), Alonso-Mount-Werner (Pulisic, 70and), Havertz (Lukaku, 70and). Coach : Thomas Tuchel.