Chelsea ought to be in the lead. Gallagher’s deft ball around the corner sends Hall scurrying into space down the left. Hall rushes into the middle for Mudryk, who is six yards away and free. Mudryk extends his body and makes a feeble attempt to waft wide to the right. He needed to win. To be fair, he isn’t exactly prolific, but still.
United is awarded a free kick on the left touchline. While their teammates line up on the edge of the box, Shaw and Eriksen are standing over it. It is curled by Eriksen. He plants a header into the top left corner from six yards out, rising highest. Kepa remained still. For United, it’s Champions League time!
Chalobah gives the ball to Antony after only 20 seconds, and with a pass along the inside-right channel, Fernandes almost enters the Chelsea box. That is intercepted, but United bounce back. Casemiro gains control of the ball and initiates a play in which Fernandes almost makes a free catch for Sancho at a distance of 12 yards. The first corner of the game is conceded by Chelsea, who manage it, but the home team is off to a good start.
Chukwuemeka attempts a curler over De Gea and towards the upper-left corner after Madueke makes strong progress down the right and cuts back for him. It frequently flies above the bar.
It turns out that Peter Oh (7.41pm) isn’t the only person who wishes that United somehow fails miserably in their attempt to qualify for the Champions League. Richard Hirst begins, “The complication of being a football supporter when the two teams you hate the most are playing one other.
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