Don’t miss out on the full playback and highlights of the exhilarating match between Manchester United and Chelsea. The game kicked off at 20:15 (GMT) on the 6th of December 2023. The referee for this intense match was C. Kavanagh, and the game took place at the iconic Old Trafford stadium. This thrilling showdown was part of the English Premier League, Week 15, in the 2023/2024 season. Available now for your viewing pleasure!
Manchester United vs Chelsea Full Match Reports
Scott McTominay’s double propelled Manchester United to a 2-1 triumph over Chelsea in the Premier League (PL), extending the Blues’ winless streak at Old Trafford to 11 matches, a drought that dates back to May 2013.
In response to recent criticism, Manchester United took a bold step by barring four news outlets from their pre-game press conference. Despite this, Erik ten Hag’s side initiated the proceedings brightly, earning an early penalty when Enzo Fernández fouled Antony. Robert Sánchez thwarted Bruno Fernandes from the spot, but the Red Devils eventually broke the deadlock in the 19th minute. After Harry Maguire’s initial attempt was blocked by Marc Cucurella, Scott McTominay displayed clinical prowess to score.
A brief stoppage ensued due to a technical issue for linesman Simon Bennett, yet the action-packed nature of the match persisted upon resumption. Sánchez pulled off an instinctive double save to deny McTominay, while André Onana thwarted Nicolas Jackson, and Mudryk fired wide from a promising position. The first half concluded with a twist as Cole Palmer, a lifelong United fan, silenced Old Trafford by slotting the ball into the bottom corner.
Both managers made defensive adjustments at halftime, ushering in a more disciplined phase. Despite this, opportunities emerged, with Jackson heading over from close range and Alejandro Garnacho curling a shot wide. Manchester United pressed Chelsea from corners around the hour mark, with Luke Shaw’s strike blocked by Levi Colwill and Sánchez denying McTominay once again. The relentless McTominay secured his second goal, heading home from Garnacho’s delivery for his fifth goal in eight PL matches, a feat he hadn’t previously achieved in an entire league campaign.
Although McTominay missed a chance for a hat-trick and Garnacho narrowly missed the target, Armando Broja struck the woodwork as Manchester United ended their two-game winless streak across all competitions, securing their first victory against a top-10 side in the PL this season. Meanwhile, Chelsea suffered their second defeat in three matches and are yet to secure back-to-back league victories this season.
Man of the Match: Scott McTominay (Manchester United).