The Sunday fixture in Stamford Bridge kicked off with huge expectation but the ninety minutes ended up in mere desperation without a goal for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Thomas Tuchel. Denying three points for both Manchester United and Chelsea considered a futile action that ended up without a beneficiary.
Thomas Tuchel lined up the Blues aiming the return to the top four in the table. The happy results from previous games gave Chelsea one mark ahead of United but failed to monetize it in the match. Champions League star Olivier Giroud led the attacking line of Chelsea.
The controversy in the 15th minute:
Calum Hudson-Odoi featured another big game under the German boss Thomas Tuchel on Sunday. The striker caught in an unwanted scene in the 15th minute which triggered the first drama of the night. Manchester got a free-kick in the 13th minute of the game just outside the box.
Marcus Rashford was the man on charge of the set-piece and hit on the target. Edouardo Mendy denied the goal with a decent save. The Frenchmen punched the shot into the attackers of United and the incident claimed a handball from Hudson-Odoi in his attempt to clear the danger from the box.
Referee Stuart Atwell continued the play despite the appeal. But took it to VAR after two minutes. The decision from the visuals denied the appeal of United players and the game resumed. Later, the camera captured the reaction from both managers from the sideline. That was enough for a headline in the post-match coverage of the match.
Shoutout from Tuchel wasn’t attractive for Solskjaer
The VAR decision wasn’t triggered the United boss. But, Tuchel reacted with fury on the sideline claiming the unwanted appeal. The reaction of Chelsea boss went viral on social media and fans came up with multiple opinions.
According to Independent, Solskjaer was trying not to laugh at Tuchel after the reaction. The Norwegian wasn’t interested in a verbal clash as he returned to the game with more focus. This annoyed Tuchel as per the reports and attracted more eyes to the sideline.
The goalless draw kept Chelsea out of top four and United in the same second spot without much difference. Tuchel’s boys dominated the game with position and shots but failed to find a breakthrough in the ninety.
On the other side, United created more chances with accuracy but the three men defense of Tuchel was able to counter the build-up from the attacking line of United. The forward runs from Daniel James and Mason Greenwood were highly threatening for the United backline.
Thomas Tuchel kept his record of undefeated run in his Chelsea camp while United’s title dreams took another hit on the table. The next stop is Anfield for the Blues. The Friday fixture against Champions Liverpool is also the toughest fixture for Tuchel.
Tuchel recollected the past memories with United in the European competition on the same day. He knocked out of the competition by United in his PSG career.
The Premier League is approaching its climax and the table outfit is getting its clarity. Chelsea and United are expecting a better finish this season as a title would be a bonus for both sides.