Spanish goalkeeper ‘David de Gea had another day to forget as Manchester United’s top-four push suffered a major blow following a 1-1 draw with rivals Chelsea at Old Trafford.
The Spanish goal stopper, so often the Red Devils’ saviour in recent years, continued his wretched recent form as he spilt Antonio Rudiger’s speculative drive to allow Marcos Alonso to level just prior to the break.
Birthday boy Juan Mata had rewarded the hosts for a high tempo start with a well-taken opener from Luke Shaw’s cut back to end United’s run of 538 minutes without a goal in open play.
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However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men couldn’t pick up the victory their much-improved first-half display was suggesting, and their bid to end the season in the Champions League places now looks a tall order with just two games to play.
Chelsea stay fourth, two points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal. United are a point further back in sixth spot, with a significantly inferior goal difference.
Next up, Maurizio Sarri’s Blues will turn their attention to Thursday’s Europa League semi-final, first leg at Eintracht Frankfurt while United face bottom of the table Huddersfield Town on Sunday.