Six things we learned from Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea
Manchester United looked like they were already on their holidays at times in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Old Trafford.
Ralf Rangnick side’s winless run extended to three games in the penultimate home game of the season.
Here are six things we learned from the Premier League clash…
Alex Telles endures tough night
Reece James was given the freedom of the Theatre of Dreams down Chelsea’s right and Telles didn’t know whether to stick or twist all night.
On far too many occasions the Brazilian international was caught out of position and James had one of the easiest nights of his career.
With incoming boss Erik ten Hag taking over the reins at the end of the season, the former Porto man could be one of many United players who face an uncertain future.
Cristiano Ronaldo scores first Premier League goal vs Chelsea
Manchester United’s players looked crestfallen when Marcus Alonso broke the deadlock with a left-footed volley which flew passed David de Gea.
But the Red Devils hit back immediately and it was inevitably Cristiano Ronaldo who drew United level.
It was the 37-year-old’s first Premier League goal against the Blues and it was yet another clinical finish by the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
United’s number seven has scored eight of the Reds’ last nine Premier League goals and his strike took his top-flight tally for the season to 17 goals.
Romelu Lukaku gets frosty reception
On his first appearance back at Old Trafford since leaving United, Lukaku wasn’t given a warm reception by the home fans.
Unlike Ronaldo, the Belgian international hasn’t been able to transfer his goalscoring form in the Serie A to the Premier League.
After being signed by Jose Mourinho from Everton for £75m, Lukaku only spent two seasons in Manchester before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sanctioned his sale to Inter Milan.
N’Golo Kante shows United what they are missing
Oh how Manchester United would love to have Kante screening our defence, he’s exactly the type of player we so desperately need.
Ability to sniff out danger, a great professional and technically gifted – what isn’t there to like.
Having Kante in United’s midfield could have helped unlock Paul Pogba like the pair do to devastating effect for France.
The former Leicester City ace put on a midfield clinic at Old Trafford and he’s still one of the best midfielders in the world.
Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic get to say farewells to Chelsea
With both Mata and Matic set to leave Manchester United when their contracts expire at the end of June, the pair were given the opportunity to play against their former club for potentially the last time.
Matic started the game in midfield alongside Scott McTominay and it was the Serbian’s lofted through ball that gave Ronaldo the opportunity to smash home United’s equaliser.
Mata came off the bench in the latter stages to replace Marcus Rashford.
The United wonderkid came off the bench to replace Anthony Elanga in injury time and make his senior Manchester United debut.
After training alongside Lionel Messi during the international break, the 17-year-old came onto the pitch to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.