Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United: Premier League match report, player ratings, fan reaction and more

Erik ten Hag’s Red Devils snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat after Casemiro’s stoppage time header squeaked over the line to deny Graham Potter’s Blues their fifth win in their last sex Premier League fixtures

It was honors even at Stamford Bridge tonight as last-gasp goalscoring efforts by both Chelsea and Manchester United sees the pair of Premier League giants each pick off a share of the spoils in the English capital in a 1-1 draw.

Both Graham Potter and Erik ten Hag can feel equally aggrieved at the result in west London after United were unable to turn their early dominance away from Old Trafford into a goal, with Potter then making a badly-needed tactical change that allowed the Blues to work themselves into proceedings in credible fashion.

But Chelsea justifiably thought three points were in the bag in front of home support after second-half substitute Scott McTominay dragged down Armando Broja and gifted the Blues a penalty, which Italian international and Euro 2020 hero Jorginho cooly converted while sending David de Gea the wrong way.

United was not to be denied something on the night, however, when Luke Shaw’s well-placed ball into the area found the head of Casemiro for the Brazilian to expertly send a looping header back across the face of goal for Kepa Arrizabalaga to only get his outstretched fingers on but still watch as the ball bounced off the post and trickle across the line.

Chelsea and United fans alike can both levy a cadre of questions at certain performances across the night, chiefly at Raheem Sterling, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Jadon Sancho, and Marcus Rashford.

It is not all doom and gloom for either side, however, with Chelsea undefeated in their last six Premier League fixtures (4-2-0) while United continue their improved run of form (3-2-1) as both sides put a little more distance between them and a surging Newcastle United while they both gained a point on Tottenham before the two aforementioned clubs lock horns in London tomorrow evening.

Tonight was not an ideal result for either side, but both can still look at the bigger picture and credit the progress shown.

Chelsea Player Ratings

GK: Kepa Arrizabalaga (7) - Another good performance from the Spaniard who is one of the most in-form shot-stoppers for his country of late. So unlucky to watch Casemiro’s header cross the line.

RCB: Trevoh Chalobah (7) - Chelsea’s record when Chalobah starts a PL match is an impressive 16-6-0 and he was good again here in a deputy role for the absent Wesley Fofana. Rattled the bar with a header as well in a strong outing.

CB: Thiago Silva (6.5) - Decent overall but probably below the overall standard that Thiago Silva has continued to set at Chelsea despite his advancing years.

LCB: Marc Cucurella (6.5) - An okay outing from the Spanish fullback, whose removal in the first half was strictly tactical as Chelsea needed more options in midfield to try to stem the tide of United’s dominance.

RWB: César Azpilicueta (6) - The reduction in the effectiveness of the Spanish veteran is one of the reasons why Chelsea was not standing in his way if he left this summer. Nothing more than average on the night overall.

LWB: Ben Chilwell (6.5) - Chilwell may be keeping Marc Cucurella out of the starting left wing-back birth but he may struggle to outstrip Luke Shaw for the England job in Qatar. Decent tonight but showing a bit of inconsistency.

CM: Ruben Loftus-Cheek (6.5) - Loftus-Cheek has shown an ability to pop up in a number of roles for both Thomas Tuchel and now Graham Potter, but that versatility may be his undoing as he remains a depth option with his performance proving why.

CM: Jorginho (7) - A customary goal from the penalty spot for the Italian international helped his club to a credible point at home but perhaps it masked his overall performance. Still, he was just about what you’d expect.

CAM: Mason Mount (7) - Was, as usual, one of the only threats for Chelsea from start to finish as he remains the standard bearer for his boyhood club despite the acquisition of some big-name attacking additions.

RF: Raheem Sterling (6) - Patchy at best from the England star on a night that showed while he still can tap into killer instincts, he suffered today overall and offered little. A big off day for the versatile forward.

LF: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (6.5) - The Gabonese star was effective on a small handful of occasions but overall he did not do enough when Chelsea finally worked their way into proceedings.

Sub: Mateo Kovačić (7) - The Croatian international helped change the dynamic of proceedings when he was brought on in the first half to give Chelsea a fighting chance in midfield. That could see him reinstated in the XI in short order.

Sub: Christian Pulisic (6) - Calls for the United States international to make his way into Potter’s XI more regularly continue to be heard, but his inconsistency, when called upon in a substitute role, will do him no favors.

Sub: Armando Broja (6.5) - Though he doesn’t bring the same pace that Aubameyang does, Broja’s movement and central threat are considerable, especially on set pieces. That came to the fore when he was brought down for the Blues’ penalty.

Sub: Carney Chukwuemeka (6) - Brought on in the final ten minutes before stoppage but was unable to have a real influence on the match. Highly thought of internally but still lacking in real opportunities.

Manchester United Player Ratings

GK: David de Gea (6.5) - Nothing can be done about giving up a goal from the penalty spot for the Spanish international. Decent enough today when called into action.

RB: Diogo Dalot (6.5) - The Portuguese international has done well to nail down the starting birth and right-back, and though he showed flashes on the night, his influence in the final third lacked.

CB: Raphaël Varane (7) - Solid once again before being removed thirty minutes before full-time due to injury amid the Frenchman walking off in tears. United and France fans will be sweating it out over the severity of his potential injury.

CB: Lisandro Martínez (8) - An outstanding performance from the summer signing as he has fully moved away from the notion that he was too small to feature prominently as a center-back in the Premier League. Key once again.

LB: Luke Shaw (7.5) - A great ball in from Shaw for Casemiro to head home for the equalizer highlighted another good performance from England’s likely first-choice left wing-back in Qatar.

CM: Casemiro (8) - Fully settled at the club after his summer arrival from Real Madrid, Casemiro has expectedly become a vital cog in the wheel for Ten Hag and his header in stoppage time provided he can be relied on when it matters most.

CM: Christian Eriksen (6.5) - Brought back into the XI by Erik ten Hag after missing out on the midweek win and though he provided the standard command and control he possesses, he was unable to pull enough strings before being removed.

CAM: Bruno Fernandes (6.5) - Brilliant against Tottenham the Portuguese star was but he was unable to hit the same level of performance today against Chelsea. Remained an offensive threat but lacked the final few percentage points.

RW: Antony (6.5) - Always a real danger when on the ball with his ability to beat his man or stretch play out wide, Antony was nevertheless a little bit muted a bit on the night against a decent Chelsea defense when they settled down.

LW: Jadon Sancho (6) - Yet another sub-standard performance from the England international who was often isolated on the left flank and unable to influence proceedings with any regularity.

CF: Marcus Rashford (6.5) - Continues to be lively with his movement as he was against Tottenham but once again he can perhaps be judged on not doing enough when presented with a scoring opportunity.

Sub: Fred (6) - A booking on the night as a sub was all that the Brazilian could muster in the wake of what was a fantastic outing against Spurs in midweek.

Sub: Victor Lindelöf (6) - A rare chance for the Swedish international in the Premier League but with Harry Maguire on ice at Old Trafford, he may see more time if Varane’s injury is serious.

Sub: Anthony Elanga (6) - Always lively when he finds space or room to maneuver when on the ball, but the young Swede remains nothing more than an impact sub. Potential remains there without an avenue to tap into it.

Sub: Scott McTominay (5.5) - Came off the bench to shore up the midfield land instead gave away a silly penalty in the dying minutes of proceedings. Owes Casemiro in a big way.

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Andrew Thompson

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