Manchester United held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Stanford Bridge on match day 13. United employed a 4-3-1-2 formation, that defends with seven players and breaks on the counter with atleast three, which was brilliant on Michael Carrick’s part. Manchester United could not match Chelsea’s attacking prowess, so they sat back and formed a very rigid defensive shape around the box, such that Chelsea’s wing-backs and wing-forwards could not find even the slightest of space to create chances.
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Chelsea were very much inhibited by United in the first half, which was an excellent game plan from Michael Carrick to sit back and tire Chelsea’s efforts out. United’s breakthrough came from a mistake by Chelsea’s acting skipper, Jorginho after he misjudged his actions as the last man on the ball, releasing Jadon Sancho who had Rashford running along with him.
After the first goal, Manchester United went into full defense mode as they had atleast nine players behind the ball at all times, blocking Chelsea’s advances and giving away a lot of corner kicks in the process.
Chelsea kept pressing and doing what they do best, trying to force a mistake out of United which eventually came as Aaron Wan-Bissaka tripped Thiago Silva in the box.
Manchester United were smart enough not to play Chelsea out in the midfield as that would leave too many openings in the middle and wings for Chelsea to exploit