Manchester United secured a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Chelsea in the Premier League. Scott McTominay emerged as the hero for the Red Devils, netting a crucial brace and extending Chelsea’s winless streak at Old Trafford to 11 matches, dating back to May 2013.
Despite the recent criticism aimed at Manchester United, the decision to ban four news outlets from the pre-game press conference seemed to have little impact on their performance. Erik ten Hag’s side started brightly, earning an early penalty after Enzo Fernández fouled Antony. However, Robert Sánchez’s brilliance denied Bruno Fernandes from the spot.
The breakthrough for Manchester United came in the 19th minute when McTominay, seizing an opportunity after Marc Cucurella blocked Harry Maguire’s effort, clinically finished to open the scoring. The match showcased an all-action nature, with a brief stoppage due to a technical issue for linesman Simon Bennett.
Cole Palmer, a boyhood United fan, silenced Old Trafford just before halftime, equalizing for Chelsea by sliding the ball into the bottom corner. Both teams made defensive changes at halftime, leading to a more disciplined second half, but the intensity remained.
McTominay continued to shine, heading home from Alejandro Garnacho’s cross to secure his fifth goal in eight Premier League matches. Despite missing a chance for a hat-trick, McTominay’s performance proved decisive. Manchester United ended their two-game winless streak, securing a significant victory over a top-10 side this season.
On the other hand, Chelsea suffered their second loss in three matches and failed to secure back-to-back league wins this season.
Elsewhere, Leon Bailey’s 74th-minute deflected strike secured a 1-0 victory for Aston Villa over reigning champions Manchester City. This win marked Villa’s 14th consecutive home victory, equaling a club record, and propelled them into third place in the Premier League, surpassing City.
Unai Emery celebrated his first career win over Pep Guardiola in his 50th match in charge of Villa, showcasing the remarkable transformation of the team from relegation battlers to top-four contenders within a year.
City, missing key players Rodri, Jack Grealish, and Jeremy Doku due to suspension and injury, struggled to find their rhythm. Villa took advantage of City’s imbalanced lineup, dominating the first half with 13 shots on goal. Despite early saves from Ederson denying Bailey and Pau Torres, City failed to assert themselves offensively.
Villa’s John McGinn and Bailey threatened City’s defense, and the breakthrough came when Bailey’s right-footed shot deflected off Ruben Dias, leaving Ederson helpless. The jubilant celebrations at Villa Park reflected the significance of this unexpected victory.
City’s attempts to recover were thwarted by Emiliano Martinez’s saves, including a notable denial of Douglas Luiz’s rebound attempt. Despite introducing midfield reinforcements, City’s winless league run extended to four matches, highlighting their struggles in the absence of key players.
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