Cristiano Ronaldo rescues Premier League point as Manchester United hold Chelsea

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Cristiano Ronaldo secured absentee-hit Manchester United a scarcely-deserved Premier League gully against Chelsea arsenic Old Trafford witnessed much protests against the Glazer family.

With Champions League qualification each but beyond them pursuing defeats astatine Liverpool and Arsenal, interim brag Ralf Rangnick’s broadside escaped with a constituent connected a nighttime dominated for the astir portion by Thomas Tuchel’s Blues.

Marcos Alonso’s volley was the lone extremity wasteful Chelsea managed against United’s porous defence and that was cancelled retired 2 minutes aboriginal arsenic prima antheral Ronaldo struck to seal a 1-1 draw.

The build-up was dominated by quality that Rangnick was considering taking implicit arsenic Austria manager and protests against the Glazer family’s ownership astatine a second-straight location match.

‘Glazers out’ work a banner supra the passageway earlier kick-off astatine Old Trafford, wherever a substance of David De Gea’s saves and poor-decision making meant Chelsea failed to crook their 11 shots into a deserved lead.

Tuchel’s men yet broke the deadlock erstwhile Alonso volleyed location successful the 60th infinitesimal but it did not footwear unfastened the floodgates. Instead, erstwhile Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic’s clipped shot enactment Ronaldo done to equalise.

Outstanding Reece James struck the station successful the closing stages but United, without 8 players connected Thursday, someway ended Chelsea’s nine grounds tally of eight-successive distant wins successful each competitions.

Manchester United fans protestation  against the Glazer family

Manchester United fans protested against the Glazer household (Martin Rickett/PA)

It was one-way postulation successful the archetypal half, with James stinging De Gea’s palms from 20 yards earlier slipping successful Timo Werner to get distant a debased changeable connected goal.

United managed to debar conceding wrong the opening 5 minutes successful a third-successive match, but the abstraction Chelsea continued to find was alarming.

Kai Havertz directed the shot wide aft stand-in United skipper Bruno Fernandes saw a tame header saved astatine the different end, with Ronaldo clobbering a hopeful overhead footwear disconnected target.

They were uncommon voyages forwards by United arsenic Chelsea each excessively easy recovered abstraction and created chances.

De Gea raged astatine his defence erstwhile N’Golo Kante got a changeable connected people arsenic protesters entered the ground, having missed a infinitesimal for each of the Glazers’ 17 years successful charge.

There were continued chants against United’s owners arsenic the squad struggled, with Havertz lashing an effort into the side-netting aft Chelsea broke done the giants gaps near by the location broadside connected a accelerated counter.

Next it was De Gea denying the Germany international, who was played done by Kante but could not bushed the outstretched goalkeeper. Tuchel looked furious connected the touchline.

A wicked James transverse conscionable evaded chap wing-back Alonso astatine the acold station arsenic the Chelsea onslaught continued, with De Gea denying Havertz arsenic helium stretched to scope a close-range header.

Somehow United managed to spell into half-time with the lucifer inactive scoreless.

Mason Mount dragged a accidental wide 34 seconds into the 2nd fractional arsenic Chelsea continued to artifact with the location side, who had Fernandes to convey for getting backmost and forestall Havertz putting Kante free.

Marcos Alonso celebrates with his team-mates

Marcos Alonso enactment Chelsea up connected the hr (Martin Rickett/PA)

Werner conscionable failed to get a stud connected a whipped Mount transverse but United’s extremity would yet beryllium breached successful the 60th minute.

James was fixed clip to interval implicit a transverse from the close that Havertz flicked connected for Alonso to deed a crashing volley astatine the acold post.

But United are a peculiar broadside and person an unrelenting large starring the line.

Some sloppy possession allowed Matic to enactment Ronaldo down with a clever pass, with the seasoned lashing location a 62nd-minute equaliser successful beforehand of the Stretford End.

Matic and James tangled and De Gea shoved Mount arsenic things became heated betwixt 2 frustrated teams.

Boos greeted erstwhile United striker Romelu Lukaku’s instauration arsenic helium came connected with Christian Pulisic successful a bid to plaything the lucifer backmost Chelsea’s way.

James came agonisingly adjacent to putting the visitors backmost up successful the 80th minute, but his beauteous left-footed effort curled onto the post.

Victor Lindelof saw a stoppage-time header denied and the item of the closing stages the instauration of breathtaking 17-year-old endowment Alejandro Garnacho for his United debut.