Man United vs Chelsea score, result, highlights from Premier League as Red Devils seal top-four spot in style
Manchester’s Old Trafford Manchester United defeated Chelsea 4-1 to earn a spot in the Champions League for the next season.
Casemiro’s goal after only six minutes at Stamford Bridge gave United all the momentum they needed to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League this season and a spot in the 2023–24 group stages of Europe’s premier championship.
Despite having a miserable season, Chelsea performed well in the first half, controlling possession and creating one or two chances, the best of which Conor Gallagher missed.
However, shortly before halftime, Anthony Martial scored on a pass from Jadon Sancho to put Frank Lampard’s inexperienced team down 2-0, and the outcome seemed certain.
Before Marcus Rashford scored his 30th goal of the season from close range, Bruno Fernandes, who had earlier struck the crossbar, made it 3-0 from the penalty spot. For the Blues, who are currently 12th in the standings and are eager to put this season behind them, Joao Felix scored a great consolation goal.
Man United vs Chelsea final score
|Man U||4||Casemiro, Martial, Fernandes (p), Rashford|
Man United (4-2-3-1, right to left): De Gea (GK) — Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Lindelof, Shaw (Malacia) — Casemiro, Eriksen (Fred) — Antony (Rashford), Fernandes (McTominay), Sancho — Martial (Garnacho)
Chelsea (4-3-3, right to left): Kepa (GK) — Azpilicueta, Chalobah, Fofana, Hall — Gallagher (D. Fofana), Fernandez, Chukwuemeka (Loftus-Cheek) — Madueke (Ziyech), Havertz (Felix), Mudryk (Pulisic)
Man United turn on the style in tribute to Ten Hag’s work
United have made a habit for much of this season, certainly in recent months, of winning games by a less comfortable margin than they should. While the defence is often sound — De Gea has already won the Golden Glove award for the most clean sheets, with 17 and counting — Ten Hag has often been frustrated by his side’s inability to kill matches.
Today, there was no such concern.
United ended the game with 5.14 expected goals, which is the highest such figure of any side in a single Premier League game this season (according to Opta data). They should really have scored at least two more than they managed, and several promising attacks broke down even before a shot was attempted, but this was still a promising step forward in Ten Hag’s work.
It also meant there would be no hanging on to the point they needed to secure that top-four finish. After a long and difficult race, they powered over the finish line.
Injury to Antony dampens Man United celebrations
The loss of Antony to injury in the first half was the only significant negative aspect of United’s evening. Trevoh Chalobah’s challenge was reasonable—indeed, it wasn’t even careless—but it unmistakably hurt United’s Brazilian player. Antony went back to the ground with his head in his hands after attempting to put weight on his right ankle. He was then carried away on a stretcher.
Rashford scored a well-taken goal to commemorate his earlier than anticipated comeback from illness and injury, giving him the most goals for United since Robin van Persie scored 30 in all competitions ten years ago. However, losing Antony so close to the FA Cup was disappointing.
Man United is all too aware of Chelsea’s problems.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, a former Chelsea striker, said on Sky Sports that there is “a big, big job to be done” following the Blues’ worst Premier League season ever.
They are significantly 27 points behind the top four and only 12 points above the relegation zone with one game remaining. They can only score a maximum of 46 points and cannot place in the top 10, which are both low scoring totals for the club in this competition.
Although they put in one of their better first-half displays here and had a chance to tie the score via Gallagher just before Martial extended United’s lead, their efforts in the second half occasionally bordered on the pitiful.
The raucous United supporters there may have been reminded of the situation at this time last season, when the Red Devils were slogging it out under an interim management at the conclusion of a campaign in which they broke records for all the wrong reasons.
There is quality in this Chelsea squad — so there should be, given it cost upwards of $700 million — but Mauricio Pochettino, if he is indeed to be their new manager, has got a huge task to mould it into a coherent football team.
He need only look at Ten Hag’s work to see how that can be done.
Premier League highlights and real-time updates for the Man United vs. Chelsea match
The upcoming season will include Champions League action for Manchester United! Although they are currently third heading into the final day, a ferocious offensive performance has put Chelsea to the sword and ensured they will finish at least fourth in the rankings. The visiting supporters give Lampard a warm welcome but are eager for this season to be over.
Goal at minute 89! Chelsea at least have something to celebrate! Joao Felix receives a beautiful pass from Hakim Ziyech and has a brief window of opportunity to charge the United defence. He fires a shot past De Gea and into the bottom-left corner since no one is trying to stop him. A good wager is ruined by the goal, which is scored by the man whose head is in his hands to the left of the Sporting News media chair.
Goal at minute 78! United has won four times! On the edge of the Chelsea box, Fofana loses control of the ball. Fernandes knocks it sideways to Rashford, who expertly dummies the defender. Kepa’s initial attempt is touched, but Rashford merely needs to tap in the rebound.
75th minute: Following the penalty, there was a fight in which Fernandez appeared to object to whatever Fernandes said or did. Following a brief pushing brawl involving several players, Fernandez and Malacia are both given bookings.
Goal at minute 73! Fernandes makes no mistakes, waiting for Kepa to begin moving to his right before putting the ball in the goal to the keeper’s left.
72nd min: PENALTY! Fernandes nutmegs Fofana, who hangs out a boot and clips United man’s foot. The referee has a think about it before awarding the spot-kick. Fernandes will take it…
70th min: Two changes for United as Garnacho and Fred come on for Martial and Eriksen. Chelsea fan have started a chorus of “You’re nothing special, we lose every week”.
United supporters cheer in approval as Casemiro makes an inch-perfect sliding tackle in the 67th minute after matching Fernandez stride for stride as he broke forward. The Brazilian becomes irate as Wan-Bissaka is unable to keep the ball from leaving the pitch.
In the 64th minute, USMNT standout Christian Pulisic replaces Mudryk, who fought hard but once more failed to leave a lasting impression while wearing a Chelsea jersey. The tourists will also be watching Joao Felix.
61st min: End-to-end stuff as Rashford leads a counter-attack, slips it to Fernandes, but yet another Man United cut-back is behind the intended target! Chelsea go down the other end and Madueke goes to ground as Casemiro blocks his path, but no amount of anger from the visiting fans is going to make that a penalty.
59th min: Hall exchanges a short corner with Fernandez, drives into the box and blasts a shot straight at De Gea. Mudryk tries his luck from the loose ball on the edge of the area, but it deflects up into the air and the United keeper collects.
52nd min: How has the ball stayed out?? Substitute Tyrell Malacia fizzes one across the six-yard line but Eriksen can wrap his foot around it and Kepa reacts brilliantly to claw the ball off the line. It breaks to Casemiro 18 yards out, but his shot curls inches wide.
47th min: What a chance for 3-0! Lindelof pursues Gallagher to within 30 yards of his own goal and wins possession. He plays it to Sancho, who lay it off for Fernandes, but his shot crashes off the crossbar and behind. United could have killed this game then and there.