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Manchester United secured their place in subsequent season’s Champions League with a sport of the Premier League marketing campaign remaining due to Thursday’s thumping 4-1 win over Chelsea.

Though Chelsea had loads of probabilities within the opening 45 minutes, Casemiro and Anthony Martial scored at both finish of the primary half, earlier than Bruno Fernandes scored from the penalty spot and Marcus Rashford notched his thirtieth purpose of the season in all competitions. Chelsea substitute Joao Felix ultimately discovered the web late on, however the sport was already lengthy gone.

Each groups had alternatives to interrupt the impasse even earlier than the early purpose. A greater contact from Jadon Sancho may have put United in, whereas Mykhailo Mudryk fluffed his strains after a great run and cross from teenage left-back Lewis Corridor.

Chelsea might be dissatisfied with how United did rating, having allowed Casemiro to ghost by way of unchallenged in the midst of the field to fulfill an in-swinging Christian Eriksen free-kick along with his head. There was a short maintain to test it for offside, however the VAR choice let the purpose stand.

A miscommunication between Conor Gallagher and Kai Havertz noticed the latter fail to search out the previous in entrance of purpose in a promising Chelsea counter not lengthy after, whereas that piece of high quality was additionally missing for Martial when a heavy contact resulted in a three-on-one break crumbling.

An actual concern from a United perspective was the prolonged therapy for Antony, who appeared to harm his ankle in a problem by Trevoh Chalobah. The Brazilian was ultimately stretchered off and his season may effectively be over, together with subsequent month’s FA Cup last.

Chelsea’s greatest probabilities have been nonetheless coming from 18-year-old Corridor, who put one other beautiful cross into the field from the left that was inexplicably headed effectively huge by Havertz. In fact, a greater workforce than Chelsea would have revelled within the house that United have been permitting them and one other alternative for Gallagher went begging proper earlier than half-time.

The guests had been the higher workforce since United scored, but they have been made to remorse not making that dominance depend much more when Martial made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time. It was made by Casemiro’s no-look chip to Sancho, who discovered United’s quantity 9 for a tap-in.

United picked up the place they left off after the restart when Fernandes hit the angle of publish and bar. In addition they ought to have scored a 3rd when Kepa Arrizabalaga someway clawed out a goal-bound contact from Eriksen, who couldn’t get correct contact with a cross that was barely behind him. On the follow-up from the sting of the field, Casemiro despatched a measured shot simply huge.

On the different finish, two David de Gea saves in fast succession then saved Chelsea at bay, first a parry from a strong Corridor drive after which a diving catch after Mudryk’s shot had been deflected.

Chelsea’s season had type of been summed by the targets that they had already conceded already, however none extra so than the penalty conceded by Wesley Fofana. The £75m centre-back was rash when he was nutmegged by Fernandes within the field, swiping a lazy leg on the United captain, who then promptly received as much as comfortably convert from 12 yards.

These in blue had fallen aside by the closing phases. Fofana, poor for the primary purpose and woeful for the third, was atrocious for the fourth. He gave the ball away to Fernandes with a dreadful go on the sting of his personal space and was overwhelmed by Rashford, whose first shot was saved by Kepa. However the United synthetic no mistake with the rebound.

A deflected Alejandro Garnacho shot hit the bar as the house facet went for a fifth, whereas {the teenager} additionally compelled Kepa into a wise save simply because the clock ticked into stoppage time. In between, Chelsea did pull one again, and a fantastic purpose it was from Felix, who showcased the type of high quality off the bench that none of his teammates may by driving from midfield with the ball after which unleashing a low shot into the underside nook from the sting of the penalty space.

GK: David de Gea – 6/10 – A few saves one after the opposite across the hour mark have been spectacular, coming at an necessary time as United went on to construct extra of a lead.

RB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 6/10 – Received the battle with Mudryk and later Pulisic.

CB: Raphael Varane – 6/10 – Chelsea did miss loads of probabilities and fail to benefit from the house they have been afforded, however the Frenchman was nonetheless fairly comfy.

CB: Victor Lindelof – 6/10 – Did not miss a step in his passing.

LB: Luke Shaw – 6/10 – Introduced off at half-time with United cruising.

CM: Casemiro – 8/10 – Scored in opposition to Chelsea for the second time this season with one other bullet header, earlier than making the second second and going shut on one other event.

CM: Christian Eriksen – 7/10 – Registered an help for touchdown a free-kick on Casemiro’s head. This is not the proper function for him and his weak spot in a double pivot confirmed in open play.

RM: Antony – N/A – Stretchered off in what seemed to be loads of ache.

AM: Bruno Fernandes (c) – 8/10 – Hit the woodwork early within the second half and ultimately received his purpose by profitable and changing a penalty.

LM: Jadon Sancho – 7/10 – Made a extremely sensible run to arrange the essential second purpose and his cross was completely composed.

ST: Anthony Martial – 7/10 – Squandered a extremely good early likelihood, earlier than showcasing a poacher’s intuition along with his positioning to attain United’s second purpose.


SUB: Marcus Rashford (29′ for Antony) – 8/10

SUB: Tyrell Malacia (46′ for Shaw) – 7/10

SUB: Alejandro Garnacho (70′ for Martial) – 7/10

SUB: Fred (70′ for Eriksen) – 6/10

SUB: Scott McTominay (86′ for Fernandes) – N/A

Subs not used: Butland, Maguire, Dalot, Weghorst


Erik ten Hag – 8/10 – His workforce gave a significantly better all-round efficiency within the second half, suggesting no matter he stated at half-time labored.

GK: Kepa Arrizabalaga – 5/10 – Stopped United going 3-0 proper after half-time. Hadn’t achieved a lot earlier than then, regardless of conceding twice.

RB: Cesar Azpilicueta (c) – 6/10 – Did effectively within the circumstances in opposition to a lot youthful and sooner gamers on the flanks. His teammates let him down.

CB: Wesley Fofana – 2/10 – Culpable when Casemiro scored for not placing strain on and gave a away the penalty with a extremely lazy try at a sort out after being nutmegged. But his errors for the fourth purpose have been the worst of the whole thing.

CB: Trevoh Chalobah – 5/10 – Miles the higher Chelsea centre-back, however that wasn’t laborious.

LB: Lewis Corridor – 6/10 – Acquired ahead and put some actually good crosses into the field, however he confirmed an absence of expertise with poor monitoring for United’s second purpose.

CM: Carney Chukwuemeka – 6/10 – Handed effectively and put up first rate stats, but it did not really feel like he notably affected the sport.

CM: Enzo Fernandez – 6/10 – Handed the ball loads. Arguably may have achieved extra given how open United have been defensively at occasions.

CM: Conor Gallagher – 5/10 – Acquired ahead in assist of Havertz a couple of occasions, though issues by no means fairly clicked between them.

RW: Noni Madueke – 5/10 – He was on the pitch…

ST: Kai Havertz – 4/10 – Lacked high quality in essential moments.

LW: Mykhailo Mudryk – 5/10 – Quick motion, however too typically responsible of heavy touches when it actually mattered and appears tremendous low on confidence.


SUB: Joao Felix (64′ for Havertz) – 7/10

SUB: Christian Pulisic (64′ for Mudryk) – 5/10

SUB: David Datro Fofana (82′ for Gallagher) – N/A

SUB: Hakim Ziyech (82′ for Madueke) – N/A

SUB: Ruben Loftus-Cheek (82′ for Chukwuemeka) – N/A

Subs not used: Mendy, Silva, Koulibaly, Gilchrist


Frank Lampard – 4/10 – A greater supervisor will get extra from this squad. He is not it.

Participant of the match – Casemiro (Man Utd)

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