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Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea: Cristiano Ronaldo scores 17th goal of the season in draw

Cristiano Ronaldo 17 Premier League goals have come in 28 games for Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 17th goal of the season to earn Manchester United a point after David de Gea had frustrated Chelsea with several superb saves.

The visitors were thoroughly dominant in the first half at Old Trafford but were unable to find a way past De Gea, who made saves from Kai Havertz and N’Golo Kante.

But Chelsea finally broke the deadlock midway through the second half when Marcos Alonso volleyed home from an angle.

The Blues’ celebrations had barely finished as Manchester United responded within a minute, Nemanja Matic playing a brilliant ball into the box and Ronaldo taking a touch before thumping a shot into the net.

That brought Old Trafford to life – there had been a subdued atmosphere inside the ground up to that point, while discontent against the club’s owners was still clear as protests were held outside for the second home game in succession.

Ronaldo could have secured all three points for the hosts but his effort from a difficult angle was saved by Edouard Mendy.

But the game ended all square as Chelsea edged closer to securing a top-four finish. Thomas Tuchel’s side are third, eight points ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham with five games remaining.

Manchester United are sixth, five points behind Arsenal in fourth but having played two games more.

Ronaldo to the rescue again

Interim manager Ralf Rangnick had challenged his side to finish the season as strongly as possible, even though he had suggested a top-four finish was “unrealistic” following last Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Arsenal.

But for an hour of this game, it looked as if that call had gone unheard as the home side put in yet another disappointing display.

David De Gea
David de Gea kept Manchester United in the game in the first half

They were lethargic and lacked the drive that Chelsea’s players showed, and the visitors should have been out of sight as they peppered De Gea’s goal with first-half efforts.

The best of those were by Havertz, who broke clear midway through the first half only to be denied by De Gea, before putting a close-range header straight at the goalkeeper.

When Chelsea scored, an away win seemed inevitable – but not for the first time this season, Ronaldo came to his side’s rescue.

His value to the team has often been questioned since his return to Old Trafford but, at the age of 37, he continues to defy the odds as he moved joint-second on the Premier League top scorers list with 17 goals.

A missed opportunity for Chelsea

Chelsea had won their past eight games on the road in all competitions – and they will wonder how they failed to make it nine as this draw ended that club record run.

Taking their chances has been an issue throughout this season and although De Gea was in incredible form the Blues will no doubt feel frustrated they could not score more than once.

In the end, it was a missed opportunity for the visitors but one that shouldn’t dent their chances of finishing in the top four, with seven points needed from their five remaining games to guarantee that.

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Line-ups

Man United

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • oneof Gea
  • twentyDalot
  • twoLindelof
  • 19Varana
  • 27Telles
  • 39McTominay
  • 31maticSubstituted forjonesat 79′minutes
  • 36ElangaSubstituted forGarnacho Ferreyraat 90+1′minutes
  • 18Bruno Fernandes
  • 10RashfordSubstituted forBushat 79′minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

substitutes

  • 3baily
  • 4jones
  • 8Bush
  • 22Heaton
  • 26Henderson
  • 46Mejbri
  • 47Shoretire
  • 74Fernandez
  • 75Garnacho Ferreyra

Chelsea

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 16Mendy
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • twoRudigerBooked at 87mins
  • 24James
  • 5Jorginho
  • 7KanteSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 82′minutes
  • 3Alonso
  • 19Mount
  • elevenwernerSubstituted forPulisicat 71′minutes
  • 29HavertzSubstituted forLukakuat 70′minutes

substitutes

  • oneArrizabalaga
  • 9Lukaku
  • 10Pulisic
  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 14Chalobah
  • 17Saul
  • 22Ziyech
  • 23Kennedy
  • 31Sarr

Referee:
mike dean

attendance:
73,564

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