The experts are in no doubt: Chelsea were cheated for a penalty kick in the match against Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Manchester United.
MANCHESTER UNITED-CHELSEA 0–0
It ended goalless at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Chelsea on Saturday night. Despite several good chances, neither team was able to score in Manchester.
– All in all, it was a good defensive performance, and we created at least two great chances that could have given us the victory. We were a bit sloppy in the opening, but gradually we put more pressure on them, Solskjær told Sky Sports.
It took about half an hour before anything happened at Old Trafford. Chelsea’s new signing, goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, was playing the ball in his own goal in a strange way.
Before that, neither team had managed to play to any good goal chances.
Shortly afterwards, Bruno Fernandes broke the right of the goalkeeper on a long shot.
Then Chelsea woke up. Christian Pulisic was dangerous up front on two occasions, but both finishes were not entirely top class.
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Rashford close 1-0
Then United hit on a counterattack. Jorginho lost the ball in midfield. Juan Mata played the ball through to Marcus Rashford, who advanced towards the goalkeeper. Mendy kept up with a brilliant leg parade, and prevented Rashford from sending Solskjær’s men into the lead.
Five minutes before the break, Mendy showed class once again.
Rashford dribbled into the field and released the ball to Mata at 18 meters. The Spaniard tried to poke the ball into the corner, but Mendy knocked the ball out to a corner kick.
Believes Chelsea should have had a penalty kick
The teams went to 0-0 after an unimpressive first half. But just before the break we got two penalty situations, one for each of the teams.
First, Frank Lampard and Chelsea thought they should have been penalized when Harry Maguire held around César Azpilicueta when United’s midfielder headed away a free kick by the away team.
A few minutes later, on Juan Matas’ mentioned goal chance, Thiago Silva kicked in Rashford’s foot when the Englishman played the ball on to Mata.
In none of the situations did referee Martin Atkinson award a penalty.
– For me, this is a clear penalty kick. He keeps around him, and you can not do that in your own field, said TV 2 expert Erik Thorstvedt.
According to host Jan-Henrik Børslid, the reason why no punishment was imposed is because the VAR judges did not think it was a clear referee error by Martin Atkinson
– It is a total tearful mistake, said expert Simen Stamsø-Møller upset in the studio.
One of United’s most exciting summer signings, Edinson Cavani, made his debut against Chelsea. The 33-year-old was substituted after 58 minutes, and was close to scoring on his first touch. The Uruguayan flicked the ball further towards goal after a cross by Bruno Fernandes, but the finish went on the wrong side of the post seen through United eyes.
When the hour was played, it was Kai Havertz’s turn to be dangerous up front. Chelsea’s offensive midfielder got his head on the ball after a good cross by Reece James, but the German failed to control the finish on goal.
The second half was very exciting, where both Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Frank Lampard made offensive exchanges to secure three points.
Cavani had a chance to decide the match one minute before the end, but former teammate at PSG, Thiago Silva, blocked in a masterful way.
In overtime, Rashford tried to put the ball up in the longest cross, but another tiger leap from Mendy prevented United’s victory.
But the big goal chances did not come. The match at Old Trafford thus ended 0-0 in the end.
Chelsea are in sixth place, and stand with nine points after six games. United is down to a very disappointing 15th place, where the result is seven points in five games.