De Gea Error Helps Chelsea Maintain Man United In Battle For High 4
One other excessive profile error for David De Gea helped Chelsea earn a degree in opposition to Manchester United at Previous Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
After each Spurs and Arsenal had been defeated within the battle for the highest 4, Chelsea and United knew that victory would give them an edge over their Champions League rivals.
The house facet, seeking to bounce again from their current poor run of type, began the sport on the entrance foot and took the lead within the 11th minute via Juan Mata who was restored to the beginning XI by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Romelu Lukaku picked the ball up simply exterior the realm and lifted a phenomenal move excessive to the onrushing Luke Shaw whose move throughout the field was met by the Spaniard Mata to present United a well-deserved lead.
Lukaku had come underneath criticism over the previous few weeks however seemed energetic and harmful all through the primary half as the house facet dominated proceedings.
Chelsea, nonetheless, discovered the equaliser simply earlier than half-time and it once more got here from a David De Gea error, the United primary failed to carry a strike from Antonio Rudiger as Marcos Alonso adopted as much as end from a good angle.
The objective arguably got here in opposition to the run of play and can do nothing for De Gea’s confidence after numerous excessive profile errors in opposition to the likes of Barcelona and Manchester Metropolis in current weeks.
Within the early phases of the second half United continued to look the higher facet, with Eden Hazard moderately predictably trying like Chelsea’s finest likelihood at taking the lead within the recreation.
Neither facet managed to threaten the opposing keepers within the first 20 minutes of the second half as Chelsea misplaced Antonio Rudiger via damage and arguably might have misplaced Mateo Kovacic to a second bookable offence as United’s Eric Bailly left the sphere with a worrying knee subject.
The second half in reality was a microcosm of the race for the Champions League spots as a complete, with each side missing urgency and positivity as possibilities proved few and much between.
United did, nonetheless, have an opportunity to grab victory within the 92nd minute when Marcos Rojo’s header was excellently cleared off the road from Pedro after he seemed to have crushed Kepa Arrizabalaga.
On the different finish, De Gea made up for his earlier error with a sensible save from Gonzalo Higuain in what turned out to be the final kick of the sport.
The purpose leaves Chelsea two factors away from Arsenal in fifth and crucially three away from United in sixth with simply two video games to go within the season.