- Mata put United ahead
- Alonso equalized
- Chelsea fourth, United sixth
Manchester United were pegged back by Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday, as the Red Devils and Blues played to a 1-1 draw.
With two games of the Premier League season to go, Chelsea sit fourth on 68 points and United sit in sixth on 65 points, as the top four battle will go down to the wire.
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Lukaku had a huge chance early on as Luke Shaw sent in a wonderful pass for the Belgian forward who ran in on goal, but Kepa smothered and saved.
United didn’t have to wait too long after to take the lead, as Mata scored after 10 minutes. Lukaku’s lovely chip played in Shaw who got free in the box and passed across goal, where Mata took his time and stroked home against his former team.
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Pogba then glanced a header just wide as United pushed hard for a second, while some tasty challenges flew in from Cesar Azpilicueta and Matteo Kovacic.
Chelsea were then handed a lifeline as Antonio Rudiger‘s shot from distance was spilled by David de Gea (his poor form continues) and Alonso swept home to make it 1-1.
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At the start of the second half neither team grabbed the initiative, and some injuries disrupted the fluidity of the game. Rudiger reinjured his left knee and was replaced, while David Luiz went down, Marcus Rashford was replaced by Alexis Sanchez, Eric Bailly suffered a nasty knock and was replaced, and Kovacic also went down.
When the substitutions were made and played resumed, the speed of play never really returned.
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