Casemiro’s stoppage-time looping header gave Manchester United a deserved run in a dramatic final against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Jorginho’s late penalty looked to have given Chelsea a narrow victory when he sent goalkeeper David de Gea the wrong way after substitutes Scott McTominay and Armando Broja got tangled up in a corner three minutes from time.
Defeat would have been tough for United, but they got the reward their performance deserved when Casemiro rose to meet Luke Shaw’s cross in six minutes of stoppage time, with Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga receiving a throw-in from the fingertips but unable to prevent the ball from crossing the line as it bounced inside the post.
United, with Cristiano Ronaldo ruled out of the squad as a disciplinary measure for refusing to substitute in the win over Tottenham, had the best chance of dominating the first half.
Erik ten Hag’s side were way above and much more dangerous, with Kepa saving Marcus Rashford and Antony well, the latter also missing a big chance when clean.
The second half was closer and ended with that frantic end, but United’s main concern now is an injury to defender Raphael Varane, who left the pitch in tears as he clearly fears for his Cup chances of the world with France.
Disappointment for Chelsea & Potter
Chelsea manager Graham Potter must have thought he was close to securing his second victory against United this season after Jorginho calmly returned home late.
Potter, who won at Old Trafford with Brighton on the opening weekend, was also expected to see his side claim a sixth successive clean sheet in all competitions until this late intervention from Casemiro.
In reality, however, Chelsea would have been lucky to win. Indeed, they were so outplayed in the first half that Potter was forced into a tactical reshuffle to bolster his struggling midfield after just 36 minutes, with Mateo Kovacic replacing Marc Cucurella.
Chelsea were grateful to goalkeeper Kepa during that spell but they improved after the break – although they were still unable to force De Gea to do any serious work, the only anxiety-inducing moment for the visitors when Trevoh Chalobah’s head ricocheted off the top of the bar.
The hosts were ultimately only able to manage two shots on target in a game that didn’t live up to their billing – but there will be real disappointment they couldn’t wrap up the win after taking the lead so late .
Potter was at least able to maintain his unbeaten record as Chelsea manager, but it could have been so much more satisfying.
Man Utd boss Ten Hag can be pleased
Ten Hag will settle for one point after almost leaving with nothing. When the dust settles, however, he will know that was a missed opportunity.
Rashford and Antony should each have done better when clean and it looked like they would pay for their splurge before Casemiro’s outstanding first goal for the club provided the sting in the tail.
Ten Hag was reportedly bitterly frustrated by McTominay’s reckless tangle with Broja to concede the penalty and it was no surprise the Scotland midfielder embraced Casemiro in pure relief at the end.
The United manager has made significant improvements to the team, who now press more effectively and play with more intensity.
He also dealt firmly and firmly with Ronaldo’s insubordination, leaving him out of the squad here to deliver a clear message that there will be only one man making the decisions at Old Trafford.
However, United will be worried about Varane, who collapsed with what looked like a muscle injury on his way to challenge Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The defender’s tearful reaction clearly suggests this is an issue that threatens his World Cup chances.
player of the match
squad number1player nameArrizabalaga
squad number14player nameChalobah
squad number6player nameThiago Silva
squad number8player nameKovacic
squad number19player nameTo go up
squad number5player namejorginho
squad number21player nameChilwell
squad number28player nameAzpilicueta
squad number12player nameLoftus-cheek
squad number18player nameNumbers
squad numbertenplayer namePulisic
squad number30player nameChukwuemeka
squad number32player namecucurelle
squad number17player nameSterling
squad number9player nameAubameyang
- 6Thiago Silva
- 32cucurelleReplaced byKovacicat 36′minutes
- 5jorginhoBooked at 90 minutes
- 12Loftus-cheekReplaced byChukwuemekaat 79′minutes
- 19To go up
- 17SterlingReplaced byNumbersat 79′minutes
- 9AubameyangReplaced byPulisicat 74′minutes
- 1by Gea
- 19EarlyReplaced byLindelofat 60′minutes
- 6MartinezBooked at 90 minutes
- 23ShawBooked at 90 minutes
- 14EriksenReplaced byMcTominayat 80′minutes
- 21dos santosBooked at 32 mins
- 8Bruno Fernandes
- 25sanchoReplaced byFredat 52′minutesBooked at 86 mins
- tenRashfordReplaced byFieldat 81′minutes
Match ends, Chelsea 1, Manchester United 1.
Second Half ends, Chelsea 1, Manchester United 1.
Offside, Chelsea. Christian Pulisic tries a through ball, but Armando Broja is caught offside.
Lisandro Martínez (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.
Objective! Chelsea 1, Manchester United 1. Casemiro (Manchester United) header from the center of the penalty area is shot in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke Shaw with a cross.
Jorginho (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for dangerous fouls.
Anthony Elanga (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Jorginho (Chelsea).
Anthony Elanga (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mason Mount (Chelsea).
Foul by Lisandro Martinez (Manchester United).
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Luke Shaw (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for dangerous fouls.
Failed attempt. Scott McTominay (Manchester United) header from the center of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Diogo Dalot from a cross.
Objective! Chelsea 1, Manchester United 0. Jorginho (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a right footed shot close to the right post.
Fred (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card.
Penalty conceded by Scott McTominay (Manchester United) after a foul in the penalty area.
PenaltyChelsea. Armando Broja fouls in the penalty area.
Corner, Chelsea. Corner conceded by Luke Shaw.
Replacement, Manchester United. Anthony Elanga replaces Marcus Rashford.
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