Manchester United’s attacking frontier showed resilience against Chelsea to climb higher on the table
According to a tweet from OptaJoe, Manchester United delivered an impressive performance against Chelsea at Old Trafford, marking their 12th consecutive win against the Blues. The match concluded with a 2-1 victory for United.
Opta’s data reveals that United achieved the second-highest expected goals (xG) in the league this season, at 4.07, trailing only behind Chelsea’s 4.12 xG against Spurs last month.
Erik ten Hag’s decision to start Marcus Rashford on the bench was a bold move, considering Rashford’s lacklustre performance against Newcastle. Rashford has been a starter in all but one of the last fourteen Premier League matches, the exception due to injury. United managed 18 shots in the first half, with an xG of 2.78.
Alejandro Garnacho‘s continued impressive form makes a compelling case for his regular inclusion on the left wing. Garnacho set up the winning goal with a precise in-swinging cross to the far post, where three United players were poised to capitalize. His ability to carry the ball over long distances and his work rate off the ball were particularly notable.
Scott McTominay is thriving under Ten Hag, utilizing his talent for well-timed runs into the box and clinical finishing. McTominay’s first goal, demonstrating quick control and a precise finish, was reminiscent of his goal against Leeds United. His second goal highlighted his excellent positioning, being in the right place at the right time.
McTominay’s remarkable brace has exceeded his previous record of scoring 4 goals in both the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons. However, it’s worth noting that he could have added another goal, but Sanchez thwarted him on several close-range attempts. McTominay managed five shots on target from his nine touches in the opposition’s penalty box.
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This victory significantly boosts United’s chances of securing a top-four spot, essential for Champions League qualification next season. With the upcoming Liverpool match, this hard-fought win against Chelsea should instil confidence and potentially serve as a catalyst for another successful outcome.