Manchester United once again paid the price for David de Gea’s blunders as Chelsea managed to draw the Red Devils at Old Trafford 1-1 on Sunday. While Juan Mata opened the scoring for the hosts early in the 11th minute, the lead was cancelled out by Marco Alonso, after defender Rudiger struck a shot from outside the box, which came of De Gea and a chance for Alonso to tap in and give the visitors a fighting chance.
Making five changes to the XI, coach Ole Gunnar Solksjaer brought in Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku, Ander Herera, Nemanja Matic and Eric Baily after the previous defeat to their noisy neighbours, Manchester City.
The race for the top four is now getting dicey as ever as both clubs sit at their respective places at 4th (CHE) and 6th (MUN). The draw sees Red Devils now one point behind Arsenal at 65 points and Chelsea sit at fourth with 68 points.
Despite the draw, the main focus is on keeper De Gea, who has now made an error in his last four games. His form has taken a serious dip recently and may play on Solksjaer’s mind as the new manager is already looking at replacements.
Despite the errors, there is no denying that De Gea is one of the best keepers in the world but the Spaniard will have to prove himself to the Red Devils coach as the summer transfer window is not too far away. De Gea’s teammate and country mate Juan Mata, who struck United’s first goal, is also poised to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season on a free transfer.
Lukaku also put on an impressive display against his old club as his time at Old Trafford might be coming to an end as the twin Milan’s in Serie A have an eye on the Belgian.
In other Premier League matches, Manchester City beat Burnley 1-0 to reclaim the top spot while Leicester City stunned 10-man Arsenal 3-0 to move up to 8th on the points table.