Manchester United were finally able to break their six-year-long curse of not being able to win at Stamford Bridge on Monday. The Red Devils secured a 2-0 win, with goals from Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba proving enough to end it all in the first half itself.
United showed great character throughout the game, which was in sharp contrast to the way in which Chelsea functioned.
The London Blues were troubled for much of the encounter, and Sarri’s stubborn refusal to alter their shape or bring in attacking substitutions meant that the home side was doomed from the moment Pogba’s ball touched the back of the net.
Of course, victory was never assured for the Red Devils going into the game. Fresh from their loss to PSG at Old Trafford, morale wasn’t the best, and the collateral damage from that UCL game haunted them even at the Bridge.
Both Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial received match-ending knocks against PSG. While Lingard’s injury stemmed from a hamstring problem, Martial suffered from a pulled groin. As a result, both the forwards have been ruled out for up to three weeks, missing the crucial Chelsea and Liverpool fixtures.
However, the injury didn’t stop Lingard from playing a part during the Chelsea game. The Englishman was fiercely active on social media throughout the ninety minutes. Perhaps the most memorable antic of his came in a clip on Instagram, wherein he is encouraging Rashford to ‘snuff out’ Rudiger.
Elsewhere, the forward also responded to the first-half post that the Manchester United account officially posted on to Instagram. When quizzed on which goal was the favorite, Lingard enthusiastically voiced his support for both.
It is a real pity for United that Lingard will be missing out on games, particularly in view of how well Solskjaer is able to field him tactically. He can’t return to action soon enough.