Manchester United may have lost to Chelsea 1-0 on Saturday, but there are many positives to take out of their performance.
United dominated possession and created more opportunities than Chelsea, but failed to find the back of the net and were forced to leave Stamford Bridge empty-handed.
While the loss hurts United’s hopes of a second-place finish in the league, the performance shows how far the side has come over the course of the season.
Chelsea is nearly unbeatable at Stamford Bridge, and Manchester United brought the match to the Blues, even with a makeshift lineup. United was without Michael Carrick in the midfield, and had three regular defenders in Phil Jones, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo miss out with injury.
The injury to Carrick was possibly the biggest blow for United, as Wayne Rooney was forced to play in a holding midfield role rather than at striker. Rooney played in the midfield earlier in the season, but had been a force up top since moving back to the forward position.
All things considered, Robbie Earle believes Louis van Gaal’s men have closed the gap on Chelsea and will be looking forward to the title chase in 2015-16. Considering United’s patchy start to the season and where they stand now, LVG has transformed this team in a short amount of time.
With the Premier League title all but Chelsea’s this season, the Blues will likely enter next year the favorites to win the title again. But with Manchester United closing the gap and Arsenal improving as well, we should be in for an exciting title chase in 2016.