Manchester United’s six-game winning run came undone at Stamford Bridge, as Eden Hazard’s goal put Chelsea one step closer to the Premier League title.
United have not won against Chelsea in their last eight meetings in all competitions but, despite a lengthy injured list, they gave a good account of themselves and were unlucky to leave West London empty handed.
Here’s five talking points from Saturday.
Louis Van Gaal has urged his Manchester United side to control the game for the whole 90 minutes, claiming that despite their recent run of form United can still improve.
Van Gaal’s men travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday to face league leaders Chelsea having won their last six league games, which has seen them consolidate their third spot on the table.
Right, after Van Gaal’s press conference it is looking more desperate than Piers Morgan’s Tinder profile. And although recent news today has revealed United’s backline to be more decimated than the homes of Iraqis after 2003, there absolutely is reason for hope this weekend.
Tomorrow’s trip to Stamford Bridge has had United fans flip flopping more than Nick Clegg on whether to let David Cameron use his mouth or his backside. But United fans have plenty of reasons to be hopeful for this weekend’s trip to London.
David De Gea has been shortlisted for the this year’s Professional Footballers’ Association’s Players’ Player of the Year award.
The Manchester United goalkeeper has been arguably the best interpreter of the role this season, appearing in all 32 league games they’ve played so far and conceding a mere 30 goals, a record bettered only by Chelsea and Southampton.
The other nominees are Diego Costa, Philippe Coutinho, Eden Hazard, Harry Kane and Alexis Sánchez.
Wayne Rooney has said he decided to deliver team talks as he felt the responsibility of captaining Manchester United and had to galvanise the team.
Louis van Gaal said Rooney’s team talk helped helped his side on to beat Tottenham last month, while Daley Blind said the 29-year-old rallied the troops ahead of last Sunday’s derby by speaking with them about previous derby defeats.
Luke Shaw has described Manchester United has the “biggest club around” but has admitted that his first season at Old Trafford has been frustrating.
Shaw joined United following a superb season with Southampton, which earned the 19-year-old a place in the England squad for the World Cup in Brazil, but has been plagued by injuries throughout this campaign.
Gary Neville has described Louis Van Gaal’s transformation of Wayne Rooney as a “fantastic achievement”, adding the Dutchman’s influence on the England captain was tangible.
After a spell as central midfielder this season, Rooney has been restored as centre-forward and he has been instrumental to United’s turnaround in fortunes over the last month.
Sergio Aguero slots the ball past David De Gea, adding to his seventh minute opener and quashing Manchester United’s slender hopes of leaving the 169th Manchester derby with a point.
As City fans celebrate a fourth consecutive win at Old Trafford, David Moyes slumps back in the dug-out, defiance caving in under the realisation that his two-season spell is about to come to an end.