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Lingard's sensational strike secures Manchester United a point at Chelsea

Manchester United started Sunday's game against Chelsea the way they finished Tuesday's 3-0 win over Stoke: by attacking. For the first 25 minutes, the home side were unable to maintain possession, while United came forward time and again. The visitors won five corners in the opening 10 minutes, with Chelsea desperately defending the onslaught. However, as the half went on, Chelsea seemed to wake up and put together a good few attacks.

The second half started in much the same way, with United dominating again, and then taking the lead through one of their academy lads, Jesse Lingard. He showed great composure and left Thibaut Courtois with no chance.

As a repeat of the first half, Chelsea then came back in to it, and dominated possession for long periods, but just couldn't find a way past David De Gea. But once injury time started, with six minutes added on for the nasty injury to Kurt Zouma, Chelsea stepped it up a gear and Diego Costa was happy to exploit mistakes at the back from United to make it 1-1.

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Player ratings (1-10; 10=best; players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating):

GK David De Gea, 8 -- The goalkeeper had to be at his best on Sunday and he was for most of the match. He made fantastic saves from Nemanja Matic, Branislav Ivanovic and Cesc Fabregas, but he left his goal open for the equaliser.

DF Matteo Darmian, 7 -- After a period of poor form, the right-back is doing well of late, and this game was no different. He made important blocks and tackles on the likes of Oscar and Costa when they were on the break. He also played in a few decent crosses, particularly with one that went across the face of goal that Wayne Rooney couldn't quite reach.

DF Chris Smalling, 7 -- A fairly solid performance from Smalling, who had a lot to deal with in Costa. He made some important interceptions and did well in the air. He was unlucky to be booked for handball late on.

DF Daley Blind, 6 -- Blind won the ball back for United on plenty of occasions, and for most of the game was able to keep Chelsea's attackers out. He also was fairly creative too, with Juan Mata the only United player to make more chances for his team. It's hard to understand why he charged out away from Costa in injury time though, slipping, and allowing the striker in. He also lost Fabregas in the box in the second half but thankfully De Gea was there to save United.

DF Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, 7 -- The youngster had United's first shot on target and did well going forward. It was his ball in to the box that led to Lingard's goal. Defensively, he was fairly solid too, although he sat too deep to play Costa onside for Chelsea's equaliser.

MF Marouane Fellaini, 7 -- It was a decent performance from the midfielder, particularly during United's dominant period in the first 25 minutes. Fabregas struggled to get a sniff with Fellaini on him. The Belgian had a good chance to score before half-time, but the ball from the corner came off his shoulder and went wide. He was replaced by Morgan Schneiderlin with 10 minutes to play.

MF Michael Carrick, 7 -- A standard Carrick performance, and his experience for games like this was probably appreciated. He had a shot on target from distance, but it didn't trouble Courtois too much. He was fairly wasteful in possession at times, though.

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Jesse Lingard struggled in the first half but delivered Manchester United's only goal with a sensational strike.

MF Jesse Lingard, 7 -- At half-time, plenty of United fans were calling for Lingard to be taken off, as he struggled to beat his man. However, he managed to force a top save from Courtois, when his shot was creeping just inside the post, before scoring the opening goal. It was a finish that any player would be proud of, and there was nothing the Chelsea goalkeeper could have done about it.

MF Juan Mata, 8 -- Having struggled when returning to Stamford Bridge in the past, Mata was United's man of the match against his former team. So many of the visitors' attacking moves went through him. He kept the ball brilliantly, dictating the direction of the game and was given a standing ovation from all stands when he was substituted off.

MF Anthony Martial, 7 -- Ivanovic looked fairly nervous whenever the Frenchman got on the ball, with him cutting inside into the box time and again. He forced a great save from Courtois with a chance he created for himself, then later dragged his shot wide at the goalkeeper's near post.

FW Wayne Rooney, 7 -- Another hardworking performance for the captain, who looks much sharper than he has for much of the season. He had a good effort in the second half, which Courtois could only palm away, and needed someone following up on. He also came close with an overhead kick.


MF Morgan Schneiderlin, NR -- He didn't offer any more than Fellaini had done in the first 80 minutes.

MF Memphis Depay, NR -- His decision-making was poor, as was his execution, when failing to play in a simple ball to Schneiderlin who was in acres of space in the box. He then didn't track back, and Chelsea scored from the resulting attack seconds later.

MF Ander Herrera, NR -- Brought on with seconds left to play. No time to make any impact.

Scott is one of ESPN FC's Manchester United bloggers. Follow him on Twitter: @R_o_M.


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