Report: Lukaku and Lingard beat Chelsea as Manchester United return to second in the league


Manchester United beat Chelsea 2-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. Willian opened the scoring for Chelsea in the 32nd minute with United equalising through Romelu Lukaku seven minutes later. Jesse Lingard came off the bench to win the game for United, scoring in the 75th minute which was set up by Lukaku.

Jose Mourinho made two changes to the team which drew 0-0 with Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday evening. Paul Pogba replaced the injured Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial replaced Juan Mata in the team. Sergio Romero was missing from the bench with Joel Pereira coming in for the Argentinian.

United did not have the best of starts with Chelsea winning a corner inside the first minute of the match, which came to nothing for the visitors. Chelsea seemed more fluid on the attack and in the second minute, Paul Pogba tackled Willian, winning the ball with the Brazilian looking for a free-kick for a foul. Nothing was giving in Chelsea’s favour.

Chelsea had a shot on target in the fourth minute of the match with Alvaro Morata hitting the crossbar, United struggling to make the clearance and then another shot coming in with David De Gea helping it over the crossbar for a Chelsea corner, the second of the game for them. United broke forward from the clearance with Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez bursting forward, nothing gained.

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In the tenth minute of the match, with United enjoying more possession, United won a corner at the edge of the box after Pogba was fouled. The resulting free-kick ended up in the box but with Thibaut Courtois catching it and sending his team up field on the attack. The game continued end to end with no real chances coming through for a period of time.

In the 24th minute, Paul Pogba put an inviting cross into the box by Courtois claimed it. United then had a period in Chelsea’s half but were unable to get anything from the attacks other than putting pressure on the reigning Premier League champions. In the 28th minute, United launched a counter-attack with Martial finding Sanchez but Courtois gathered the ball. United were playing well.

That didn’t last for long though with Chelsea counter-attacking and Willian leaving United defence well out of position and firing Chelsea into the lead in the 32nd minute of the match. United needed an equaliser before the end of the half. Romelu Lukaku found the equaliser in the 39th minute after Sanchez found Martial who set up the Belgian to score his first goal against Chelsea.

There were two minutes added at the end of the first half. United broke forward after Chelsea were in United’s half, the ball was passed into the box to Martial with Chelsea getting a deflection before the Frenchman was flagged for offside. The game was all even at the end of the first half with all to play for in the second half. Both teams could win this.

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There were no changes for either side at the start of the second half. Both United and Chelsea had broken forward in the early stages of the half with United having more opportunities to break forward but Chelsea were regaining possession and creating attacks of their own. Nemanja Matic was playing well, twice snuffing out attacking play by his former club.

Just before the hour mark of the match, Chelsea had another chance to take the lead through Danny Drinkwater but De Gea made the stop but was unable to keep hold of the ball. United did well to avert the danger to stop the London club capitalising. Just after the hour mark, it looked like Jesse Lingard was being readied by Jose Mourinho to play a part in the match.

In the 64th minute of the match, Anthony Martial was replaced by Jesse Lingard. After the change United started to look better again, gaining ground and looking to attack. In the 68th minute, Sanchez put a cross into the box for Lukaku, the Belgian firing towards goal by Courtois making an important save to deny the home side from taking the lead for the first time in the match.

United took the lead in the 75th minute of the match, the first time they have led during this game. Jesse Lingard was the scorer of the goal – perhaps he will be criticised by those who despise him, despite him scoring his eighth goal in the Premier League this season, his 13th in all competitions this season.

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Jose Mourinho made his second change of the game in the 81st minute with Alexis Sanchez being replaced by Eric Bailly. United won a free-kick deep in Chelsea’s half after N’Golo Kante fouled Valencia but nothing came from the slight advantage United had. Chelsea were looking to find something from this mate in the late stages of the game. Alvaro Morata did score but was ruled offside.

United won another free-kick in the late stages of the game after Morata fouled Chris Smalling, bringing him down from behind and earning himself a yellow card. United were still in the driving seat thanks to Lingard’s goal. United were still trying to win the match, which should satisfy the fans as United were the better team for large spells in the game.

There were four minutes added on at the end of the match. Nemanja Matic was down, which would add more stoppage time to the game. The player left the pitch for treatment but was soon back on to help his side. There was a bit of excitement at the end of the game with Lukaku running forwards, getting the ball into the box on his own before Chelsea put the ball out for a throw-in.

United won the match, which was a great result for Jose Mourinho and his players. It should also appease the fans who want to sack the manager but I doubt it. You only ever hear from them after a defeat anyway, which is funny as it really does make them look like part-time Manchester United supporters. United have restored second place in the Premier League.

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Key Moments:

32′ United were on the attack, Chelsea won possession and launched a counter-attack with Willian leaving United’s defence out of position before firing past David De Gea to take the lead in the match.

39′ Romelu Lukaku found the equaliser for Manchester United after Alexis Sanchez found Anthony Martial with the Frenchman doing brilliantly to find the Belgian, who scored his first goal against former club Chelsea, also his first goal against a top-eight Premier League club this season.

64′ Alexis Sanchez put a sublime ball into the box for Romelu Lukaku, who shot towards goal. It could have been the goal to put United ahead for the first time but Thibaut Courtois made an important save to stop United taking the lead.

75′ Manchester United took the lead for the first time in the match after Jesse Lingard found the back of the net which was assisted by Romelu Lukaku making it a goal and an assist against his former club on the day.

Man of the Match: Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian striker has been criticised in recent weeks but today against his former club he showed his class. United has moments before Chelsea scored that they should have maybe capitalised from. After Willian’s strike, Lukaku seemed more determined to find an equaliser, which he did seven minutes later with the help of Alexis Sanchez.

Lukaku then continued to fight for his team, who needed the victory more than ever. Jesse Lingard scored what turned into the winner in the 75th minute of the match, which was assisted by the Belgian. In the final minute of the game, Lukaku still never gave up, pushed forward and got the ball into the box on his own, with no support, earning a throw-in. Great game by Lukaku.

Match Statistics: Chelsea dominated the statistics but still lost the game…

Goals: Romelu Lukaku 39′, Jesse Lingard 75′

Assists: Anthony Martial 39′, Romelu Lukaku 75′

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young; McTominay, Matic, Pogba; Sanchez (Bailly 81′), Lukaku, Martial (Lingard 64′)

Substitutes Not Used: Pereira; Shaw; Mata, Carrick; Rashford

Bookings: Antonio Valencia 69′, Nemanja Matic 85′

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