Manchester United held Chelsea to a point at Old Trafford in another uninspiring performance from the hosts, with Cristiano Ronaldo rescuing his team from a defeat yet again.
Despite taking a point from the game, Ralf Rangnick’s side had far less possession than Chelsea with just 35% of the ball, fewer shots on targets and less than half the amount of accurate passes in a submissive display.
The first half was completely uneventful with no goals despite the visitors bringing the game to their opponents throughout, and it wasn’t until the beginning of the final third of the game when the stalemate was broken with Marco Alonso finding the back of the net with the assistance of Kai Havertz.
However, the ever inevitable Ronaldo was quick to respond taking control of the team despite his teammate’s lacklustre efforts by taking his opportunity to equalise two minutes later when Nemanja Matic put the ball past Thiago Silva serving it up for the Portuguese super striker.
Although Manchester United got themselves back into the game they were unable to impose themselves creatively or effectively to steal all three points, with Marcus Rashford yet again putting on an anonymous performance that was part of setting the dull tone of the game.
The 24-year-old was given the chance to show his new manager Erik ten Hag that he has what it takes to start in this team next season following Jadon Sancho’s absence through illness and to say he squandered his opportunity to prove himself as an attacking threat is an understatement.
Rashford made just 12 passes in total, lost the ball in every 2.5 touches of his 25 touches, which was fewer than David de Gea this evening, had no shots on or off target, only won one of his duels (1/5) and didn’t make a single tackle, interception or dribble attempt throughout his entire 79-minute performance.
After reportedly being interested in a move away from his boyhood club it could be time for the winger to leave Old Trafford and look for a new challenge because when you look at his performances as of late it’s less to do with his obvious quality and more to do with a clear lack of desire and passion to make any effort in the team.
With that being said, Manchester United have picked up a point and will be hoping that both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur can drop points when they play this weekend to give them a better chance of chasing down a position in the top four at the end of the season, with just three games to go.