Manchester United defeated Chelsea 2-1 on Wednesday night at Old Trafford, thanks to two goals from Scott McTominay. The midfielder was the main man, scoring before and after Cole Palmer’s goal for Chelsea, thus negating the missed penalty from Bruno Fernandes just nine minutes into the game. Here is what we learned from this affair.
McTominay The Main Man Again
This was the second time in the last two months Scott McTominay has scored a breace in a Premier League match, directly contributing to a 2-1 win. He scored once last week against Galatasaray in a 3-3 draw, and also against Sheffield United in October in a 2-1 win. Last season he had mere two goals, in wins against Aston Villa and Everton, but this campaign he is proving his critics wrong, after he was mentioned as a possible departee in the summer transfer window. Both of this goals were smart finishes, first being in the right place to slot in the opener with his foot, and then knowing where to run on the far post to head in the winning goal. It almost seems sometimes that McTominay would know how to far even if his playing far further up the pitch.
Meek Lindelof Hurts United
It has often been the case that Victor Lindelof was criticised for his lack of sturdiness and often being a meek defender which can hurt his teams. And that was the case at Old Trafford once again last night, when the Swede’s indecisiveness led to Chelsea’s only goal.
After McTominay’s opener, which came following Bruno Fernandes’ missed penalty, Chelsea got back into game just before half-time with Cole Palmer’s goal. United did not do their job well enough to stop Mudryk from progressing the ball and finding Palmer in the danger zone in front of the box, but it was Lindelof who was there and did not do much. United centre-back was close to Palmer, but did not apply any pressure, was unsure what exactly to do and only followed the player without actually trying to stop him from shooting on goal. And that is exactly what Chelsea’s playmaker got the most out of to put the ball into the net.
Garnacho Shows Why He Is The Choice
In recent weeks, there were comments from time to time why is Alejandro Garnacho starting on the left wing and not Marcus Rashford, with the Englishman never really enjoying playing on the right. This time, Rashford’s poor form even led to him starting on the bench, watching Garnacho play a great match on the left. The Argentine was a threat to Chelsea throughout. It is not only that he made a lovely assist for McTominay’s second goal, dinking the ball across the entire Chelsea defence and finding his teammate on the far post. That was the icing on the cake in a match in which Garnacho knew how to get himself into dangerous areas to shoot on goal, missing a couple of decent opportunities, but he also created two more chances for his teammates, capping off a strong performance.
Premier League Standings Are Confusing
Man United lost six of their first 14 Premier League matches. Their goal difference after 15 games is 18-18. Their performances often felt even worse, conceding three goals in matches against Man City, Arsenal and Brighton. The Devils have not won away from home against a top eight side in the past two years and the rumours of the team not liking Erik Ten Hag’s methods are already surfacing in media. But then, a look at the Premier League standings shows United in sixth place, just three points behind champions City, who are in fourth place, thus in a Champions League spot. Things could get much more interesting after the festive period…