Not many people had given Manchester United a chance of coming away with a point in their clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, but now most United fans might feel they were unlucky for not picking up the full three points over Maurizio Sarri’s side.
What’s the situation?
José Mourinho’s men gave their fans something to be positive about for the first time in a while by fronting up to the Chelsea challenge on Saturday. One win from their previous five matches wasn’t the best record heading into an encounter with a team that hasn’t lost a match so far this season and when defender Antonio Rudiger gave the Blues the lead before half-time many might have thought this could be the last time Mourinho is seen as the manager of United.
But an inspired second half-half performance by the Red Devils provided some much-needed relief for the Portuguese manager. Two goals by winger Anthony Martial gave United a surprising lead and it looked as if the team was going to hang on for a famous win, but an equalising goal by Ross Barkley deep into extra-time meant Chelsea walked away with their unbeaten record still intact, while United certainly gave their fans something to proud about for a change.
This could turn United’s season around
The fixtures don’t get much easier for United this week with Italian giants Juventus paying them a Champions League visit at Old Trafford on Tuesday, before they host Everton in the Premier League on Sunday. However, Saturday’s result at Chelsea could blast new life into the United squad.
The performance against Sarri’s men showed that Mourinho and United aren’t as down and out as many would’ve thought a few weeks ago. The fans’ chanting of the manager’s name throughout the game at a place where he won three league titles, emphasised the loyalty and backing they still have in him. For them, Mourinho is still the man to take them forward and picking up points at Chelsea this season is something many teams and managers will only dream about.
United should now use that confidence to put up even more of a fight against Juventus, as well as against Everton, while the courage that was on display should be their key ingredient to continue to deliver positive performances for the rest of the season.