Manchester United Maintains reach at Chelsea with a win in Champions League
Manchester United almost touched the distance of the Champions League with a 2-0 Premier League Win at Chelsea on 17th February 2020.
With 38 points, the victory moved ManU into 7th place, 3 back of the 4th-placed blues after 26 matches.
The victory also denotes a rare league scope for United versus the London club, having last won both rallies between the sides in the 1987-88 season.
In a high-speed and somehow disorganized game, Manchester United made the most of their uncertainties while Chelsea, whose form at home pitch has been suspect all season, spent a strand of opportunities.
- Just before the break, Anthony Martial put the guests in from after a well-placed cross on the right from Aaron Wan-Bissaka discovered him in between the defenders to reach past Wilfredo Caballero from a close range.
Second option Kurt Zouma reasoned he’d equalized with a header of his own 11 minutes after half-time. But a VAR review resolved that Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta, supported by a shove from Fred, forced a United player after the curve kick had been taken, canceling the following goal.
United decided to take advantage of their good fortune in the 66th minute by Harry Maguire, who had been fortunate not to be sent off for a kick out on Michy Batshuayi in the first half — the recent Leicester defender stepped in front of his marker and going powerfully past Caballero to get the three points for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.
Olivier Giroud, just 10 minutes earlier, had the ball in the net about at the 80th minute but VAR again ordered it out, this time for the opposite side as the striker’s foot was crawled ahead of the last defender.
Chelsea went for more ‘bad news’ when N’Golo Kante the midfielder shuffled off early in the first play with what seemed to be a groin injury. He was then replaced by Mason Mount.
“We did not play well with the ball, it was a bit poor and slow game but defensively we think it was good,” Solskjaer informed BBC in an interview after the Match.
“We were on the edges, in football, it happens. They were unlucky with the two VAR goals — the right decisions but they were limited.”
“Was Harry Maguire fortunate? I don’t think so, he was caught first and Batshuayi was reaching to fall on top of him so he put his leg out and hit him where it hurts