If it wasn’t for Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United’s winless run would have extended to three games but the Portuguese salvaged a 1-1 draw against Chelsea.
Marcus Alonso broke the deadlock at Old Trafford on the hour mark with a left-footed volley which gave his compatriot David de Gea no chance.
But it only took Ronaldo two minutes to bring Ralf Rangnick’s side level with a clinical finish in what was his first sniff of goal all game.
However, aside from Ronaldo’s heroics once again, United produced yet another flat performance.
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While Reece James was marauding forward at will for Chelsea and offering himself as a constant outlet for Thomas Tuchel’s side, United’s right-back struggled to get beyond the halfway line.
United’s number 20 was pinned back against the reigning European and World champions, but when Alonso smashed home the game’s opener, Dalot wasn’t tight enough to Chelsea’s number three.
In order for United to get closer to the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool, then we are going to need a right-back who carries the same attacking threat as the likes of James, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joao Cancelo.
Erik ten Hag may feel he can mould Dalot but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Dutchman sign a right-back of his own which spells bad news for both Dalot and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Reece James’ task was made that much easier given how Telles couldn’t lay a glove on the England international.
The Brazilian international’s defensive vulnerabilities have been exposed in recent weeks and the pace and physicality of the Premier League looks to have caught the South American off guard.
Similar to Dalot and Wan-Bissaka, it’s hard to envisage the former Porto man becoming a regular under Ten Hag unless the 52-year-old can significantly improve United’s number 27 Telles on the training ground.
Out of all the Manchester United players that started the game, Rashford (25) had the fewest touches.
It was yet another difficult evening for the forlorn England international who came back into the starting line-up with Jadon Sancho ruled out with tonsillitis.
Rashford is yet to score a Premier League goal this season when starting a game and he looks like a player who desperately needs the summer holidays to get away, clear his head and recharge the batteries.
Hopefully Ten Hag can galvanise the 24-year-old, but it promises to be a pivotal summer for the Manchester United Academy graduate.