Stamford Bridge : Chelsea 2 (Rudiger 21′, Barkley 90+6′) Manchester United 2 (Martial 55′, 73′)
Ross Barkley scored a last-gasp equalizer to break the hearts of the Red Devils as Chelsea played out a 2-2 draw against Manchester United in an epic encounter on a sunny afternoon in London, and Chelsea’s unbeaten streak continues.
Chelsea were dominant in possession throughout the game but were never really commanding as they usually have been this season, which was mainly because of Eden Hazard’s poor day at the office. Even though he won the corner through which Chelsea took the lead, The Belgian superstar looked rather off-color. He was kept quiet by Chris Smalling and Ashley Young, who, fair to say, went a bit harsh on him, fouling him twice each in the first half only.
Chelsea took the lead on the 21st minute when Rudiger thumped home a powerful header from a Willian corner. He was left completely unmarked and the defending from the players in red was shocking. This was followed by a change in style of Manchester United who finally equalized through Anthony Martial – who was impressive throughout the 84 minutes he played – on the 55th minute, with a nice finish. Martial scored again on the 77th minute, when he cut inside and took a wonderful shot right into the bottom right corner to give his team the lead. Martial’s performance earned him a hug from Mourinho after he was substituted. Manchester United sat back and soaked in the enormous pressure that Chelsea applied on them constantly, until the 96th minute, when hell broke loose.
Ross Barkley scored through a rebound after Chelsea were denied by the post and De Gea. This is when the drama took place that made this game such a heated encounter. Sarri’s assistant manager went and started celebrating right in front of Jose Mourinho, which sparked the touchline chaos and the Portuguese Tactician lost it. Even though he cooled down and shook hands with his counterpart, Maurizio Sarri, the Football Association isn’t going to take this lightly as Mourinho saw red in the dying seconds.
The drama continued as Chelsea supporters started booing him.
“Respect.” That’s the one thing Mourinho, and perhaps, any other manager would demand from the opponent fans in an away game. He didn’t receive that and he lifted up 3 fingers as an indication to the three Premier League titles ‘The Special One’ provided Chelsea with, in his two stints as Chelsea’s boss. He’s yet to win one with Manchester United, but it is still disheartening to see a great manager getting booed. All’s not really well at the moment, for the Manchester United coach. And for his counterpart, Sarri, everything is still pretty good.