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U21s: Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United – Keane scores penalty in stalemate

by Tracey Germaine

Manchester United picked up a decent point on the road drawing 1-1 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge while missing a few key players.

Will Keane gave United the lead from the penalty spot but Christensen equalised for the Blues in what was a fair result for both sides.

Chelsea had more clear-cut chances in the opening half and Tom Thorpe and Marnick Vermijl were on hand on several occasions to make necessary interceptions.

Fortunately, the times that Chelsea players did make their way through either Ben Amos made the save or the shots went wide. Reece James almost gave away a penalty but the referee felt that he got the ball.

Coming up to half time, Will Keane had probably the best opening, going through one-on-one with Mitchell Beeney in the Chelsea goal but the assistant referee incorrectly flagged for offside. Ruben Loftus-Cheek also saw a free header go wide just before half-time and the teams went into the break goalless.

However, within 20 seconds of the second half starting, United were awarded a penalty when Aina was judged to have handled the ball. Replays showed the the initial contact with the hand happened outside the box but as the player was mostly inside the box it was a difficult call for the referee.

Keane stepped up to take the penalty and slotted it into the left hand side of the net with Beeney’s fingertips not able to get enough of a touch to make the save.

Chelsea then had a goal ruled out for offside which was lucky for the Reds as the defending for the free-kick was awful. Tyler Blackett went on a surging run from the middle, passed to Donald Love who gave the ball back to Blackett.

Unfortunately the shot went well wide of the net. Shortly afterwards, United fans were left wondering what might have been if Blackett had scored, as Christensen, scored from a corner to equalise for Chelsea.

There were chances late on for both teams. Will Keane got the ball played into his feet in the penalty area but his control wasn’t great and that gave two Chelsea defenders time to get across to him. Meanwhile at the other end, Vermijl was called upon to make a clearance over the crossbar.

The draw was a fair result, especially given that United were without Ben Pearson, Josh Harrop and Joe Rothwell. The point returns United to the top of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League Division 1 table, with 14 points from seven games, level with Manchester City but ahead on goal difference.

Manchester United: Amos, Janko, Thorpe (c), Blackett, R. James, Love, Vermijl, Grimshaw, A. Pereira, Weir, W. Keane.

Unused Substitutes: O’Hara, Goss, Willock, C. Evans, A. Fletcher.

Yellow Cards: Janko, A. Pereira.

Man of the Match: Tom Thorpe/Marnick Vermijl.

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