Sancho’s strike secures one point for Manchester United at Chelsea

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Sancho scores  his second goal for Manchester United in all competitions.

By Valentine Amanze

Jadon Sancho’s 50th minute goal was what Chelsea needed to realise that Manchester United were at Stamford Bridge to grab three points.

Chelsea played with so much confidence in the Premier League match on Sunday but were frustrated by Manchester United, who featured Bruno Fernandes as false nine, while unleashing speedy Sancho and Marcus Rashford on the flanks for the counter attack that rsulted in the 50th minute goal.

United had ventured into the Chelsea area only twice in the first half, but they broke out to snatch the lead five minutes after the interval with their first shot on target.

Fernandes’ hoofed clearance should have been easy for Jorginho, but Chelsea’s captain made a hash of dealing with the high ball and Sancho was rewarded for pressing hard as he stole possession, sprinted clear on goal and slotted past Edouard Mendy.

After going 14 games without a goal following his close-season move from Borussia Dortmund, Sancho has two in his last two matches.

Chelsea’s response was emphatic and their pressure was finally rewarded in the 69th minute after Wan-Bissaka’s challenge on Silva conceded a needless penalty.

On the performance of his boys, the Man United’s interim manager, Michael Carrick, commended them.

He told AFP, “I’m proud of the players and the group all week. It’s a difficult situation and we tried to make the best of it.

“But there is that little bitter feeling. I’m a little disappointed, I can’t lie. I don’t think it was a penalty at all.”

On the other hand, Thomas Tuchel admitted that Chelsea were frustrated as Jorginho rescued a 1-1 draw against Manchester United after the Italian’s blunder allowed Jadon Sancho to put the visitors in front on Sunday.

“I’m absolutely happy with the performance. We dominated from the first minute. We were aggressive and never stopped attacking. Unfortunately, we scored two goals, one for each side,” Tuchel said.

“United defended deep. We have to swallow the result. We feel disappointed as we think by far we did enough. It can happen in football.”

Chelsea, unbeaten in their last 11 games in all competitions, remain top of the Premier League but are now just one point ahead of second-placed Manchester City, who defeated West Ham earlier on Sunday.

United, in eighth place, are 12 points adrift of the leaders but this gritty display was something to build on after a traumatic period.

 

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