By 90Min
October 20, 2018

A dramatic late equaliser from Ross Barkley maintained Chelsea's unbeaten start to the Premier League season after securing a 2-2 draw against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

An evenly contested opening to proceedings gave little in the way of clear cut chances for either team at a sun laden Stamford Bridge. 

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But Chelsea needed just one opening to land themselves in front on the 20 minute mark after Antonio Rüdiger lost Paul Pogba at a corner kick to power the ball into the net.


However, while Chelsea had the rub of the green in the first half it was all United in the second, as a brace from Anthony Martial looked to have handed the Red Devils a memorable comeback victory, before Barkley pulled one back in the dying stages. 

Check out our breakdown of the game below: 


CHELSEA

Key Talking Point


Chelsea have had very few tests at the start of the season, and although United appeared there for the taking prior to the game, the Red Devils forced the Blues into a corner.

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The home side looked to have the game under control in the first half and then fell away in the second as United piled on the pressure, causing a host of poor decisions to be made across the park from the hosts. 

Although Maurizio Sarri's side walked away with a point, it will prove a valuable lesson in managing games moving forward, as they continue to adjust to the demands of their new brand of football. 


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Kepa (6), Azpilicueta (6), Luiz (6), Rudiger (7), Alonso (6), Jorginho (7), Kante (6), Kovacic (6), Willian (6), Morata (5), Hazard (7).

Substitutes: Barkley (7), Pedro (6), Giroud (N/A). 


STAR MAN - Ross Barkley was in the right place at the right time and capitalised on chaos in the six yard box to maintain his side's unbeaten start to the season; an impact substitution if there ever was one. 

WORST PLAYER - Álvaro Morata coasted through the encounter and failed to make an impact. The Spaniard lacked the instinct and desire to capitalise on the runs made from midfield and as the focal point of the attack he struggled to be an effective outlet. 


MANCHESTER UNITED

Key Talking Point


Despite Jose Mourhino sides being typically revered for their defensive organisation, this current United side are an exception to the rule, and with the talent they possess in the forward half, it does not come as a surprise. 

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The Red Devils came alive after the break, playing on the front foot, which has to be the way forward for them this season considering their struggles to settle on a first choice back four. 

It was akin to the Newcastle game, United came into life when under the cosh and were forced to press the oppositions midfield - and, again, it paid off. They have talent in abundance and despite the late equaliser, it should still come as a confidence boost moving forward. 


Player Ratings

Starting XI: De Gea (6), Young (6), Lindelof (6), Smalling (6), Shaw (6), Pogba (6), Matic (6), Mata (6), Rashford (6), Lukaku (5), Martial (8*).  

Substitutes: Herrera (6), Pereira (6), Sanchez (6). 


STAR MAN - Who else but Anthony Martial? The Frenchman came into his own in the second half and thrived as United swarmed forward and piled the pressure on the Blues.

Despite suggestions of a lack of confidence, his two instinctive finishes were something to behold. 

WORST PLAYER - Romelu Lukaku had little chance to shine for much of the game, but the Belgium international takes the fall this time round.

An improved second half saw him feature more prominently, but the striker collected just nine touches in the opening half and failed to make his presence known when the Red Devils were struggling. 


Looking Ahead

Chelsea will now turn their attention to the Europa League with Bate Borisov making the trip to Stamford Bridge on Thursday before a return to Premier League action takes them to Turf Moor to meet Burnley.

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United, meanwhile, face a stern test in the Champions League with Juventus heading to Old Trafford, where Everton await the following Sunday.

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