Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea: The Blues suffered defeat again from United, goals from Scott McTominay

Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea: The Blues suffered defeat again from United, goals from Scott McTominay

Manchester United need and desire respectability more than anything else before they can even consider resuming their ascension to the top of English football. There will be no more shame. There will be no more inquests. There will be no more failures.

In football, respect is really important. It provides a foundation upon which to develop. It allows you to take a breather. It allows you to think.

There hasn’t been enough of any of it recently at Old Trafford. That’s why their manager, Erik ten Hag, typically displays a tired, bewildered expression. It’s why players who aren’t on the squad have begun to speak and scheme, causing ripples on the surface. That is why United has begun informing reporters that they would be unable to attend news briefings.

Panic, dread, and overreaction thrive in the holes left by respectability. That is why nights like this one are so crucial. United did not perform flawlessly against Chelsea. When they didn’t have the ball, they were weak and not always very savvy. But Ten Hag’s men gave all they had in terms of effort, and they won the game against a badly weak Chelsea squad by playing the style of forward-thinking, rapid football that has always been associated with the club.

This was an unusual game, but it was thrilling. Gary Neville complained about United being boring over the weekend, but this was everything but. At halftime, the score could, and probably should have been 4-4.

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United were the superior team early on, even with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial on the bench following their terrible performances in Saturday’s defeat at St Jame’s Park.

Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea: The Blues suffered defeat again from United, goals from Scott McTominay

In the ninth minute, Bruno Fernandes had a penalty saved by Robert Sanchez after Enzo Fernandez was observed stepping on Antony’s foot via a VAR check. Despite this, United went on to take the lead five minutes later.

Fernandes spotted Alejandro Garnacho’s move on the left overlap and when his cross reached Harry Maguire, a first-time shot deflected to Scott McTominay. United took a deserved lead after a touch to handle the ball was followed by a shot to score.

Chelsea were disorganised in the heart of the pitch. They were unable to keep the ball. Meanwhile, Garnacho was terrorising Marc Cucurella on their left flank.

Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea: The Blues suffered defeat again from United, goals from Scott McTominay

McTominay was denied twice by Sanchez – a header and a follow-up – shortly after the half hour mark, but Chelsea were also threatening. United lacks legs in the heart of the pitch, as Mauricio Pochettino’s squad demonstrated on two or three times.

After a Sofyan Amrabat error, Mykhailo Mudryk hit a post, while Nicolas Jackon was stopped point blank by Andre Onana after Raheem Sterling put an opportunity on a plate. Mudryk then missed another chance.

Old Trafford was alive as the game ebbed and flowed, and for United fans who have been served so little this season, it must have felt wonderful. Chelsea’s equaliser in the 44th minute was less welcoming. Mudryk cut into space in the heart of the pitch and supplied Cole Palmer there.

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Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea: The Blues suffered defeat again from United, goals from Scott McTominay

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