After David de Gea had tormented Chelsea with numerous brilliant saves, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 17th goal of the season to give Manchester United a point. The visitors dominated the first half at Old Trafford, but were unable to get through De Gea, who saved goals from Kai Havertz and N’Golo Kante. Midway through the second half, Chelsea eventually broke the stalemate when Marcos Alonso volleyed home from an angle. Manchester United reacted inside a minute, with Nemanja Matic delivering a wonderful cross into the area for Cristiano Ronaldo to take a touch before smashing a shot into the net.That jolted Old Trafford to life, as there had been a tepid atmosphere inside the stadium up to that point, while unhappiness with the club’s owners was still visible outside for the second home game in a row, with demonstrations. Reece James struck the outside of the post, while Ronaldo might have given the hosts all three points but Edouard Mendy saved his effort from a tricky angle. However, the game finished in a draw, as Chelsea moved closer to a top-four finish. With five games remaining, Thomas Tuchel’s team is in third position, eight points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham. Manchester United sit in sixth place, five points behind fourth-placed Arsenal despite having played two more games. Ronaldo comes back to life once more.
Following last Saturday’s 3-1 setback at Arsenal, interim manager Ralf Rangnick pushed his team to complete the season as strongly as possible, but suggesting a top-four finish was “unrealistic”. However, for the first hour of this game, it appeared as though that plea had gone unheeded, as the home team turned forth yet another poor performance.They were sluggish and lacked the passion that Chelsea’s players displayed, and the visitors should have been out of sight in the first half as they battered De Gea’s net with attempts. Havertz, who burst through half through the first half to then be stopped by De Gea, then sent a close-range header straight so at goalie, was the finest of those. When Chelsea scored, it appeared that an away win was a certain conclusion – but, for the second time this season, Ronaldo came to his team’s rescue.Since his return to Old Trafford, his value to the team has been questioned, but at the age of 37, he remains to defy the odds, as he moved joint-second on the Premier League goalscorers list with 17 goals.

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