2022-23 English Premier League
  • Jorginho (87' PEN)
  • Casemiro (90'+4')

Man United save late draw at Chelsea amid Cristiano Ronaldo absence

A last-minute header from Casemiro helped Manchester United salvage a 1-1 draw away to Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday amid the absence of forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho calmly slotted home from the penalty spot on 85 minutes, but Casemiro arrived with a header four minutes into added time as he scored his first United goal and helped claim a share of the points at Stamford Bridge.

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United were much the better side in the first half and heaped pressure on Chelsea, but they proved toothless as home goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga performed well to keep the scores level. The best chances fell to Marcus Rashford and Antony, who forced Kepa into a fingertip save in the 13th minute and put a shot wide just before halftime with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a series of near misses in the second half, while Trevoh Chalobah hit the bar.

"The boys gave everything but you can see that we can improve a lot in terms of our attacking play," Chelsea boss Graham Potter said.

"I thought we could have attacked a little bit better than we did. Create a few more opportunities. But it was an intense hard-fought game, two teams going at each other.

"I was really happy with the response from the team after the first half an hour. I think it's about right a point."

Potter's side looked to have sealed victory when United substitute Scott McTominay manhandled opposing striker Armando Broja to the ground, with Jorginho converting the resulting penalty.

But United were not to be denied. Casemiro showed his quality and popped up in the box in the final moments and provided a fierce header.

The visitors were without Ronaldo, who was dropped by manager Erik ten Hag for Saturday's fixture as punishment for refusing to play as a substitute against Tottenham on Wednesday. Sources have told ESPN that Ronaldo has been available on a free transfer since the summer but they have received no interest.

The result means Chelsea and United remain in fourth and fifth, respectively, after 11 games in the Premier League.

"I would have been disappointed if we had gone without a point because we didn't deserve that. At the end of a tough week to come here, you bring the point home," Ten Hag told the BBC.

United and France's World Cup squad will be concerned for defender Raphael Varane, who went over on his ankle midway through the second half and limped away looking distraught.

"It is difficult to say how it is now because it is so soon after the game. We have to wait 24 hours and then we will know what it is," Ten Hag said.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

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2 Arsenal 38 +45 84
3 Manchester United 38 +15 75
4 Newcastle United 38 +35 71
5 Liverpool 38 +28 67
6 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 +19 62
7 Aston Villa 38 +5 61
8 Tottenham Hotspur 38 +7 60
9 Brentford 38 +12 59
10 Fulham 38 +2 52
11 Crystal Palace 38 -9 45
12 Chelsea 38 -9 44
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14 West Ham United 38 -13 40
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16 Nottingham Forest 38 -30 38
17 Everton 38 -23 36
18 Leicester City 38 -17 34
19 Leeds United 38 -30 31
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