Man United lost to Chelsea in Aldershot in the Reds last Premier League 2 fixture of 2016. An Axel Tuanzebe gave United the lead before being cancelled out by Dujon Sterling in the first half. Josimar Quintero gave the Blues the lead early in the second half before Jacob Maddox scored in 90th minute to put the result beyond doubt.
Two regulars in the back four weren’t in the squad, Joe Riley missed out following a recurrence of a hamstring injury in the last match while RoShaun Williams had been in action for the U18s at the weekend. Matthew Olosunde and Charlie Scott stepped into the team to fill their positions.
Kieran O’Hara started well in goal, using his head in all senses to deal effectively with an awkward back pass. Meanwhile down the other end of the pitch, the referee had a decision to make when Josh Harrop went down in the box. He correctly chose not to give a penalty as the Chelsea player had fairly gotten the ball.
United went close to scoring through Regan Poole. The Welsh defender pounced on the ball when Bradley Collins spilled it, however, the goalkeeper managed to save it. The ball went out for a corner which was played in beautifully by Sean Goss. Captain Axel Tuanzebe was in the box to head the ball into the back of the net. It was the defender’s first goal at this level.
From that point onwards Chelsea came more into the game and threatened United’s goal. Jay Dasilva and Fikayo Tomori linked up well on the left flank before Tomori’s shot hit the base of the inside of the post. Fortunately for United the ball bounced out and was cleared. However, just ten minutes after the Reds had taken the lead, the Blues equalised through Dujon Sterling. Mason Mount had played in Ike Ugbo and the striker pulled the ball back for Sterling to strike goalwards. The ball picked up a slight deflection off Poole which took it over O’Hara.
Matthew Willock clumsily brought down Mount in the penalty area and the referee pointed to the spot. Dasilva took the spot kick but O’Hara managed to save it. Moments later O’Hara had to be alive again as Ugbo’s shot on goal was on target but O’Hara cleared it. Mason and Josimar Quintero also came close but United held off the pressure to go into the break with things all square.
The second half didn’t start too well for Chelsea as they were forced into an early substitution after Tomori injured himself while preventing Matthew Olosunde from running forward. However, fortune soon turned in their favour when Quintero scored to give them the lead. Dasilva went on a great run through a bunch of United players. His ball found Quintero who finished neatly past O’Hara.
Demetri Mitchell was brought down in the penalty area, however, unlike with Harrop’s claim it appeared that Mitchell was indeed fouled and the penalty should have been awarded.
Chelsea kept piling on the pressure, and put the result beyond doubt after a spell of play which saw them win four consecutive corners. After the fourth corner there was a scramble in the box, but Chelsea retained possession and substitute Jacob Maddox poked past O’Hara to secure the victory for the home side.
Man United: O’Hara, Olosunde, Tuanzebe (c), Poole, Scott (Barlow 91′), Redmond, Goss, Willock (Kehinde 68′), McTominay (Doughty 81′), Harrop, Mitchell.
Unused Substitutes: M. Johnstone, Boonen.
Goal(s): Tuanzebe (20′).
Booking(s): Goss (69′), Harrop (72′).
Man of the Match: Charlie Scott.
Chelsea: Collins, Sterling, Dabo, Chalobah, Tomori (Colley 50′), Scott, Quintero (Maddox 78′), Mount, Ugbo, Van Ginkel, Dasilva.
Unused Substitutes: Muheim, Thompson, Sammut.
Goal(s): Sterling (30′), Quintero (52′), Maddox (90′).
Booking(s): Quintero (26′).