Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United: Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire seal win amid VAR controversy.
Manchester United blew the race for the top four wide open with a 2-0 win at Chelsea amid more VAR controversy at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
Anthony Martial struck just before half-time and Harry Maguire doubled the visitors’ lead on 66 minutes to send United on their way to victory, as they moved up the table to seventh – just three points behind Chelsea in fourth.
There was yet more VAR controversy in the Premier League encounter, however, and Chelsea will feel aggrieved that Maguire didn’t see red when the game was still goalless after an incident with Michy Batshuayi, while substitute Kurt Zouma was denied an equaliser early in the second half.
More frustration was to come for Chelsea as another substitute, this time Olivier Giroud, appeared to pull a goal back after 77 minutes, but it was ruled out for a fractional offside by VAR.
Chelsea: Caballero (6), James (6), Rudiger (6), Christensen (5), Azpilicueta (5), Jorginho (6), Kante (n/a), Kovacic (6), Pedro (5), Willian (4), Batshuayi (4)
Subs: Zouma (6), Mount (6), Giroud (6)
Subs: Pereira (n/a), Ighalo (n/a), Dalot (n/a)
Man of the match: Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set United up in a 3-4-1-2 to try and stifle Chelsea and play on the counter, but it was the home side that started the brighter. Twice they went close in the first 10 minutes as Reece James and Willian hit shots just wide and over respectively from the edge of the area.
And later, United would double their advantage from their own corner. Maguire – who could easily have been sent off by VAR in the first half for appearing to kick out at Batshuayi in an off-the-ball incident following a coming together in the Chelsea dugout – was given the freedom of the 18-yard box to charge in and head home a Bruno Fernandes corner.