For all of Chelsea’s dominance in England and Europe in 2021, Blues fans are still frightened by one opponent regardless of the soap opera that clouds them – Manchester United.
The Red Devils made the trip to west London in what’s expected to be the last game before the Ralf Rangnick era begins.
And United fans arriving at Stamford Bridge will have been greeted with a shock – Michael Carrick had dropped Cristiano Ronaldo.
Some Ronaldo fans (what a weird concept, eh) weren’t too happy with Carrick’s decision…
While United fans were worried about Ronaldo’s absence, their Chelsea counterparts were concerned about coming up against their arch nemesis – referee Anthony Taylor.
Chelsea dominated the first half as United sat off, with Callum Hudson-Odoi and Antonio Rudiger both going close to breaking the deadlock.
The visitors were attempting to play on the counter attack but were continually undone by *checks notes* their own star player, Bruno Fernandes…
The Red Devils made it to half time without conceding a goal – a notable improvement on recent games.
And just after half time, United got the break they were looking for – Jorginho’s loose touch allowed Jadon Sancho to run through on goal, and the boyhood Chelsea fan slotted the ball under Edouard Mendy to put the visitors in front.
Sure, the run and finish by Sancho were beautiful, but surely Jorginho just has to welly it and Chelsea would have been fine, right?
Chelsea now had to find a goal with their backs against the walls. Step forward, Timo Werner…
The score remained Chelsea 0-1 Manchester United.
With just over an hour on the clock, Carrick finally introduced Ronaldo, but only minutes after his arrival, Taylor awarded Chelsea a penalty after Aaron Wan-Bissaka tripped Thiago Silva – and Jorginho made amends from the spot
Thomas Tuchel’s men piled on the pressure but nearly threw it away when Mendy passed straight to Fred – only for the Brazil international to kindly chip it back into his grateful arms.
After seven minutes of stoppage time, the ball dropped from the heavens to an unmarked Antonio Rudiger in the United penalty area…
…over. Full time: Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United.