Monday, 8 February 2016
Manchester United and Chelsea much the major talking points
A stunning Lingard strike looked to have won Manchester United all three points but after a flurry of chances at either end a climatic finish saw Diego costa snatch a points for the host Chelsea.
In this article we take a look at major talking points from the game and what the result mean for both sides.
united top four hopes dented
''It is unbelievable that we don't reward ourselves,'' said the frustrated Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal after watching his side pegged back in the final moments against Chelsea.
Victory would have moved United to within four points of the Champions league qualifying spot but instead Van Gaal was left blasting his side's wastefulness in defense after Diego Costa's late equalizer.
United had 17 shots on goal and really should have added to lingard's superb opener, but instead they are facing a six-point gap to fourth place Manchester City and a surely insurmountable 12-point deficit on leader Leicester.
''When you are playing well and not making the gap on top four smaller, it's frustrating'' says Louis Van Gaal.
John Terry denied penalty and contract talks.
On his first return to Stamford Bridge since announcing he may be leaving the club this coming summer, Terry was given hero's welcome by Chelsea supporters. They would have lifted the roof off had his first-half strike flashed into the net, rather than cannot off Darey Blind's arm.
In the end United escaped without a penalty awarded against them and Terry was denied his moment.
After the game, John Terry revealed he has''no communication '' with the Club at the moment but. typically, remains focused on the team's performances on the field. Chelsea's reluctance to open negotiations with their soon-to-be-out-of-contract skipper has left Graeme sourness bemused.
''I cannot believe John Terry won't be there next year'' says the Sky sports pundit. ''I can't think of one reason why they wouldn't want him here. If it's solely down to football reasons he has to be here. It would be a mistake at every level If you get rid of John Terry.''
Costa does it again for Guus.
Diego Costa's transformation under Guus Hiddink has been quite remarkable. The Spain striker's injury time goal against united was his sixth goal in his last seven Barclays Premier League games. He'd managed just three in his previous 14 this season.
No dout the simultaneous return to form of Cesc Fabregas has helped. The international team-mates combined for Costa's goal on sunday, just as they had for the striker's goal against Everton in the previous home game.
Fabregas return back to form
Cesc Fabregas made more passes than any other player(65) with an 87.7 percent passing accuracy.
How ever, much like Chelsea's unbeaten run under Guus Hiddink which has now stretched to 11 games-it's winning that counts. The Dutchman is still to oversee a home win in his second stint in charge and the Blues remain in the bottom half, after recording a fourth home draw in a row for the first time in Premier League history.
Both goalies impress
For all of the problems Chelsea and Manchester United face, they can at least rely on their world-class goalkeepers.
Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois made six saves during the match, including a stunner to deny Anthony Martial and a couple of impressive stops from Rooney and Lingard efforts.
At the other hand, De Gea parried powerful efforts from Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and Cesc Fabregas before stopping Diego Costa's near-post effort at the death.
''We saw some fantastic saves today'' said Alan Smith . ''Courtois pulled off a stunner in the first-half, while David De Gea knows he's one of the best and his reactions are second to none.''
Kurt Zouma injury opens a spot for Cahill
A nasty-looking injury to Kurt Zouma marred and entertaining game. Only Cesar Azpilicueta and William have started more games for Chelsea in the Premier League this season, but the France international seems set for a significant spell out after landing awkwardly on his right leg.
''on Monday we will know more,'' Hiddink said after the game. ''But if you have this injury then it's bad. Let's see, it's a hyper extension and that's always bad. I had the same problem once and it hurts a lot. We will see tomorrow.''
Kurt Zouma's absence may hand Gary Cahill an opportunity, though. The England international was awarded a four- year contract in December but has only started one Premier League Game since Hiddink tool charge.
He had only been on the field for two minutes when Lingard scored for Manchester United with England boss Roy Hodgson watching on - but is now likely to be presented with a run of games in which to convince his managers for both club and country that he still has plenty to offer.