Manchester United Drew With Chelsea – Manchester United found relief against Chelsea as striker Robin van Persie found the back of the net earning the point in an encounter against EPL leaders, Chelsea.
In stoppage time, Manchester United found some relief against the high-flying Chelsea as striker Robin van Persie found the back of the net in turn earning the Red Devils a point in a pulsating encounter against EPL leaders, Chelsea.
The game had a great start written all over it with both the sides going at each other with greater tenacity and zeal. Blues’ hero Didier Drogba’s header had given Jose Mourinho’s men the lead but full-back Branislav Ivanovic was sent off late on in the game through which van Persie equalised. Chelsea are now four points clear of second-placed Southampton whereas the Old Trafford side sit in the top 10.
With a great match for the neutrals, here are 5 things that we learnt from this epic clash at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’:
Diego Costa is SORELY missed
Without key man Diego Costa in the frontline, Chelsea looked inept and out of shape. Even though Drogba filled in the shoes with a goal, without Costa’s ‘beast’ like appearance in the opposition defence might have just hurt the ‘Special One’. PS – Diego Costa is also the leading goal scorer in the EPL with 9 goals.
Angel Di Maria disappoints in the BIG game
Be it the Champions League final or the ‘El Clasico’, Argentine Angel Di Maria always stood up when it mattered with key goals and assists but on Sunday, the former had a game to forget. Besides the last free kick which served up the goal, Di Maria was way behind his best against a formidable Chelsea backline.
Manchester United have a kickstart
With a belter Manchester derby coming up, the Red Devils can kick on from this result against the big teams. With a loss looming large, in stepped van Persie to score past Courtois and draw scores level as a point proved crucial for a struggling Manchester United.
Wayne Rooney was MISSED
Influential skipper and forward Wayne Rooney was serving the three match ban that included the Chelsea clash as well. With the England hitman available for the City game, his presence, skill, workrate and calm approach was solely missed by the Manchester United midfield. The tirelessly working ‘Roo’ can provide the perfect lift when rivals City and United go head to head.
Marouane Fellaini is reviving under LVG
The Belgian midfielder had a tormenting first season at Old Trafford under former boss David Moyes but it seems the arrival of Louis Van Gaal has rekindled the Belgian’s career. A goal against West Bromwich Albion followed up with a solid performance against Chelsea proves that Manchester United need not have to look for Arturo Vidal, or do they?