Both sides need points for their respective issues. Manchester United hampered the absence of Jadon Sancho and Harry Maguire. Chelsea had no such concern in terms of personnel.
The far side was the one that started out brightly. Rhys James was such a serious threat that he was bombed on a regular basis. David de Gea tested my palms once while Bruno Fernandes stopped an easy header by Edward Mendy. N’Golo Kante hit the next shot directly at De Gea.
A well-worked move ends with N’Golo shooting directly at De Gea.
Strong opening of the boys! 💪
👹 0-0 💙 [21′] #MunChe pic.twitter.com/NUZnlit48G
– Chelsea (ChelseaFC) April 28, 2022
Kai Havertz had the best chance in the opening half hour but fired his shot straight at De Gea from a one-on-one position. Havertz had another big chance minutes later when he saved her header from close range
United were struggling to achieve anything concrete because Chelsea did not allow them time. It was obvious that they were counting on a moment of sudden inspiration. Thomas Tuchel will know that his team could and should have been ahead in the first half.
We’ve had a lot of chances but still we all have even! ⚖️#MunChe pic.twitter.com/grSQqQ3KM0
– Chelsea (ChelseaFC) April 28, 2022
The second half was similar with Chelsea controlling the ball. The opening finally arrived just before the hour mark. James’ cross was passed over by Havertz straight into the path of Marcos Alonso who fired home. However, this expected advance held out less than two minutes. Kante gave the ball sloppy to Nemanja Matic, whose broken pass allowed Cristiano Ronaldo to touch the ball and shoot it into the net.
immediate response. #MUFC | #MUNCHE pic.twitter.com/5BVUeK597K
– Manchester United (ManUtd) April 28, 2022
James was always a danger, hitting the post with his left foot when the clock hit 80 minutes. They had other chances but kept messing about in the final third. Alejandro Garnacho made his debut in the Premier League but it didn’t make much of a difference. He ended it all with Chelsea less happy. The result looks even more terrifying for United, given their precarious position.
Here are the three main points from the match:
United stuck to get the point
Once again, this was not a great performance from United. It wasn’t fun to watch. However, they did what they tried to do and they tied. For most of the match, it seemed like only a matter of time before Chelsea scored. The Blues came a few times but De Gea had a brick wall. Once again, it was Ronaldo who saved the Red Devils. It was his expert finish that kept United so close to the Champions League venues. However, the support was poor. Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford have been quite calm lately. The defense suffered especially Alex Telles. Ralf Rangnick has spoken candidly about what to do in the summer but the problem is that there are still three matches left.
Chelsea scammer loses
It really should have been three points on the road to the Blues. They beat United a lot. Havertz, Mount, James were all guilty of missing out on powerful opportunities. Tuchel was cutting a very frustrated figure on the sidelines. The right-back was the most dangerous man on the field, regularly beating Telles. In the end, the goal was reached by Alonso and it was just bonuses. However, Chelsea will be disappointed with how easily they can surrender within seconds. The always dependable Kante was wrong with two bad touches in clearing his lines. Mendy had no chance of Ronaldo’s shot and wasted more chances to regain the top spot.
Same age as the table
Chelsea remained in third place, and United remained in sixth place. The Red Devils are now five points ahead of Arsenal who have two games in hand. In the meantime, Chelsea are sure to take third place. They have the next FA Cup Final.