Didn’t expect focus on OGS, but plenty is, so let’s address:

Think “anti-Utd” & “scoreline bias” is palpable

After HT in those games:

Chelsea concede double shots-on-target of Utd, double the shots in the area, 3 more shots total, lost possession more, & made more clearances⏬
Chelsea have a superior midfield (even when McTominay is fit), & the perfect striker for playing with 10 men (Lukaku’s incomparable physical athleticism). Yet, they still had just 1 shot at goal & 1 shot blocked vs Liverpool. And also lost 5-2 to West Brom with 10 men in April…
Not to mention, Tuchel has been tactically bested twice by Solskjaer.

Over 20 months post-Bruno signing, Ole has a 60% win-ratio. That’s better than any Utd manager in history. So let’s stop the inferior coach narrative.

Subs made perfect sense last night…
1) AWB sent off. A right-back was needed, & Sancho had really struggled = Dalot

2) Dalot susceptible in a back-4, & Utd box was getting peppered with crosses = extra CB (Varane). VDB legs aren’t great for covering an open midfield. Fred/Pogba more capable & were doing it well…
3 & 4) some pressure was building at 1-1. Ronaldo & Bruno had lots of running with little reward, & are needed for West Ham on Sun. Matic/Lingard successfully stopped the pressure with fresh legs & defensive diligence. Lingard had energy to be an outlet (even if not found)…
5) Martial hold up good. Fred knackered.

Reality is, Utd simply dont have a tempo-dictating CM even when 11v11. They were also missing their strongest CM for 11v10 (McT). But still looked comfortably on course for a good point until a once-in-a-career suicide back-pass…
Had that not happened, I can only imagine the narrative would be a solid away point after playing 60+ mins with 10 men

As far as I saw, bar the 5 min period around the first goal, Utd looked relatively untroubled. While they also could have had a penalty

Just one of those days.

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