Casemiro earns Manchester United a well-deserved point at Chelsea

LONDON – Chelsea and Manchester United tied 1-1 in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Jorginho About a penalty kick to put the hosts ahead, only for Casemiro To put a head above the line and finish the clean sheet line over 10 hours Kepa ArizabalagaWe give the Red Devils a due share of the spoils.

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It was the same for the two teams in the table, with the Blues finishing fourth, one point behind United in fifth.

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1. Casemiro grabs a point for United in a thrilling finish at Chelsea

Casemiro scored his first goal for Manchester United with a dramatic header after four minutes of stoppage time against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Jorginho scored a penalty kick in the 87th minute after an unnecessary foul Scott McTominay on me Armando BrugaHe seemed to give Chelsea a win that their performance barely deserved. But Brazilian international Casemiro, a summer deal worth 70 million pounds from Real Madrid, saved a point for United by beating McTominay with a header past goalkeeper Kepa, who pushed it to the post.

Kepa scrambled to try to clear the ball off the goal, but the goal was scored after Hawk-Eye’s system confirmed he narrowly crossed the goal line.

United dominated chances and took possession of Stamford Bridge at Marcus Rashford And the Anthony Clear missed opportunities to score, but Jorginho seemed to send them to a fourth league defeat this season when he sent goalkeeper David de Gea in the wrong direction. McTominay had foolishly wrestled Brugge to the ground in front of referee Stuart Attwell, leaving the referee with no choice but to award a penalty.

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Double that from a bad day for Manchester United, who lost the defender Raphael Varane What seemed to be a worrying injury in the second half. United also traveled to Stamford Bridge without Cristiano Ronaldowho was resigned by coach Eric Ten Hag for refusing to go on as a substitute in Wednesday’s 2-0 home win against Tottenham.

Just as the match looked lost, Casemiro earned a deserved point with a late header.

2. Ten Hag strengthened Man United

There is an old saying that football teams are a reflection of their manager’s personality, and although he has only been in charge of Manchester United since the summer, Tin Hag’s toughness and abrasiveness is already starting to take its toll on his players.

Last season, again and again since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, United had a soft touch on the pitch as opponents often won the physical battle over the 90 minutes. But Tin Hag is clearly a prickly personality and the players he has added to the squad since taking charge have given United the physical edge they have lacked for so long. Casemiro, Anthony and Lisandro Martinez They all showed a difficult supremacy against Chelsea, at times going too far in challenges against their opponents.

Anthony, who played for Ten Haag at Ajax Amsterdam, was booked for a foul on Jorginho in the first half, while Martinez was involved in a fight with Mason Mount After a late challenge by the Chelsea player. Casemiro showed his experience with a series of tactical errors that helped fend off Chelsea’s attacks.

It’s not the aspect of the game that many fans celebrate, but United have lacked steel for years and have brought Ten Hag back into the squad.

3. Chelsea’s midfield lacks legs and flair

Confirmation this week that N’Golo Kante’s hamstring injury will now lead to a sideline France An international for four months was a huge blow to Chelsea due to their lack of depth in midfield.

Against United, Jorginho and Ruben Loftus-Cheek He struggled to make any impact in midfield. Manager Graham Potter had to adjust his squad in the first half, replacing him Mark Cucurella with Mateo Kovacic After just 36 minutes, trying to give his team the extra legs needed to stem the red tide.

Shutting down the World Cup for six weeks will help Chelsea as it will reduce the time they will spend in midfield, but their problems will not go away without signing new players.

Kante and Jorginho were in their thirties and Kovacic, 28, is arguably past the peak of his career. The lack of energy in Chelsea’s midfield is the result of the workload the three have endured throughout their careers. Conor Gallagher He was brought back to Stamford Bridge after an impressive stint on loan at Crystal Palace last season, but he is not the solution to Chelsea’s midfield problems, so they will need to find a solution outside the club.

Player ratings

Chelsea: Kepa Arrizabalaga 7; Trevoh Shlobeh 8, Thiago Silva 6, Mark Cucurella 6; Cesar Azpilicueta 7, Jorginho 6, Ruben Loftus-Cheek 6, Ben Chilwell 6; Mason Mount 6, Raheem Sterling 5; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 5
Subs: Mateo Kovacic 6, Christian Pulisic 6, Armando Bruja 6, Carne Chokwimica 6

Manchester United: David De Gea 6; Diogo Dalot 6, Rafael Varane 7, Lisandro Martinez 7, Look Show 7; Casemiro 7 Anthony 6 Bruno Fernandez 6, Christian Eriksen 7, Jadon Sancho 5; Marcus Rashford 5
Subs: Unique 6, Victor Lindelof 6, Scott McTominay 5, Anthony Elanga 6

Best and worst performer

Best: Trevoh Chalobah from Chelsea. The Chelsea defender was tasked with keeping Rashford cool and he did so well that United replaced the England striker midway through the second half. Rashford was ineffective, but Shalluba was a big reason for it.

Worst: Raheem Sterling, Chelsea. The star’s signing of Chelsea in the summer has been hot and cold since his arrival from Manchester City, and it was pretty much below zero against United. Sterling has excelled around him at City, but he finds it difficult to shine as the main man at Chelsea.

Highlights and Highlights

Much of this cannot be categorized as “highlighting”. There was this dim light, though.

After the match: What the managers said, the players said

Fernandez on the penalty awarded to Chelsea: “I told the referee that this kind of connection in the Premier League is every game. I haven’t watched it, I can’t say if it’s true or not. [McTominay] He said he was not holding him. I don’t know.”

Potter: “I can’t stand here and say we deserved to win. Both teams were gone and one point was fine.”

Key Statistics (Provided by ESPN Statistics and Information)

– Before Casemiro’s goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time in the second half, 623 minutes have passed since Kepa conceded a goal.

At the other end of the field, Jorginho’s penalty was the first conceded by David de Gea in 442 minutes.

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Chelsea: Chelsea next play on Tuesday in a Champions League group stage match in Austria against FC Salzburg, before returning to the Premier League football on Saturday in Brighton and Hove Albion.

Manchester United: United will welcome the Sheriff of Tiraspol at Old Trafford on Thursday for a Europa League group stage match, with another match at home on Sunday, when they host West Ham United in the Premier League.

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