David de Gea’s latest mistake meant Chelsea took a point against Manchester United to stay in control of the top-four race.
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Chelsea ensured the race for a place in the Premier League’s top four remains in their hands after a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Another error from David de Gea allowed Marcos Alonso to cancel out Juan Mata’s opener and claim what could be a valuable point in the quest for Champions League qualification.
United started the day knowing anything less than a win would leave them needing a few favours in the final two matches of the season, and they deservedly went ahead in the first half after producing a far better performance than they have managed in their recent run of seven defeats in nine games in all competitions.
But De Gea, who made costly mistakes against Barcelona and Manchester City in recent games, gifted Alonso a simple finish that could prove fatal to United’s top-four hopes.
Chelsea hand advantage, Arsenal and Man Utd still have chance
4′ Lukaku misses a golden chance!
Rashford does fantastically well to turn Alonso using some nifty footwork and get into the penalty area, but the one-two pass with Mata is slightly uncoordinated – leaving the striker little other option than to move the ball on quickly, which Chelsea capitalise on to get it away.
11′ GOAL! Man Utd 1-0 Chelsea (Mata)
Lukaku scoops a sensational pass over the top of Chelsea’s defence for Shaw, who gets his square pass right on this occasion – searching for Mata.
The ball takes Kepa completely out of the play, allowing the former Chelsea midfielder to tap it home!
29′ CLOSE! Bailly’s header wide out
JUST WIDE OF THE GOAL! Bailly gets the better of Alonso as he rises to meet the corner, but his accuracy is just off as he misses the bottom-right corner.
44′ GOAL! Man Utd 1-1 Chelsea (Alonso)
It’s another poor attempt at a save from De Gea, who bobbles Rudiger’s long-range shot.
The goalkeeper is unable to keep the bouncing ball under his grasp as Alonso storms in and taps the rebound past the Spain international!
50′ NICE TRY! Rashford’s free kick saved
Rashford takes a free-kick – located just outside the penalty area – towards goal, sending his bouncing effort towards the far corner, but Kepa gets across well and manages to make the save without bobbling.
72′ INJURY! Rojo replaces Bailly
It’s Rojo – not Darmian – who replaces Bailly in defence as the centre-back is unable to continue following that knock.