As it happened: Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United
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As it happened: Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United

Follow live minute-by-minute commentary of Chelsea vs Manchester United from London, United Kingdom. Kick-off is set for 12:30PM at Stamford Bridge, London. Live football scores, stream, commentary from VAVEL UK for Chelsea vs Manchester United in the Premier League.

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Harry Robinson
Chelsea FCArrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso, Jorginho, Kovacic, Kante, Willian, Morata, Hazard
Manchester UnitedDe Gea, Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw, Mata, Matic, Pogba, Rashford, Lukaku, Martial.
SCORE1-0, min. 21, Rudiger. 1-1, min. 55, Martial. 1-2, min. , Martial.
INCIDENTSN/A.
Amazing end to an amazing second half. It’ll feel like a win for Chelsea who maintain their unbeaten Premier League record. It won’t quite feel like a defeat for United, but it’s absolutely gutting for the Reds who were a minute away from their first win at Stamford Bridge since October 2012. 
It;s all kicked off on the touch line as a Chelsea coach runs across to Mourinho and says something. The Portuguese is furious and has to be sat down by a steward. 
GOAL! ROSS BARKLEY EQUALISES FOR CHELSEA! 95th minute and Barkley taps home after a shot strikes off the post and De Gea makes a couple of saves. 
​90' Set to be six minutes of added time, and it's not surprising. Mourinho has gone into full Mourinho mode. United timewasting, winning free-kicks, getting it as far away from the goal as possible. Still time for Chelsea, though.
United wasting time in true Mourinho fashion as they make two substitutions in the space of two minutes. The first one took about five minutes alone, though. Martial has come off with Andreas Pereira on. Alexis Sanchez has also come on, for Rashford.
76'  Mata has been taken off for Ander Herrera by United. Chelsea need a quick response. United have already sat back slightly. A counter-attack option from the Reds could be ruthless, though.
GOAL! Martial turns it around for United! Another comeback! A fantastic curled shot into the bottom right corner after good play on the right flank from Mata and Rashford.
70' Good save from David de Gea with a strong outstretched left hand to deny a sweetly struck N'Golo Kante shot from outside the box.
69' A few minutes ago, Juan Mata was booked for a Scholes-esque clattering challenge on Azpilicueta. It was after a lovely bit of play from Pogba and Mata just outside the Chelsea penalty area.
68' Substitution for Chelsea: Ross Barkley replaces Mateo Kovacic.
67' Nice cross from Lukaku from the left flank, inside the penalty area. Chelsea deal with it. United look so different to their first-half selves.
65' David Luiz escapes the attention of United's defence just as Rudiger did for Chelsea's goal. A nice free-kick cross comes in and Luiz glances his header wide.
63' United far improved since the goal. Romelu Lukaku is less static and everyone else is more confident.

But still, when Chelsea attack, they look vulnerable. It's shaping up to be a fantastic last half an hour.

55' Marcos Alonso was on the floor injured for that United goal. That distracted the Chelsea players, but it was clear from quite early on that referee Mike Dean wasn't going to stop play for him.
GOAL! Anthony Martial levels it up for Manchester United. Intense pressure from United and the Frenchman nets his first ever goal against Chelsea. Sustained attack from United and Chelsea can't handle it. Great finish from Martial as the ball bounces up. Mata had started the crazy spell in the box with a fierce shot that Kepa parried.
50' Another wonderful moment from Hazard. Lovely backheel flick to feed David Luiz through. No United player reads it, and no one was expecting it. Those little moments of genius are what make the best players so brilliant to watch.
45' Back underway at Stamford Bridge for the second half. No changes from either side.
HALF-TIME Chelsea lead Manchester United through Antonio Rudiger's header. The visitors have been poor, but it's only one individual mistake that separates the sides. Chelsea have looked good in moments but are also unimpressive as things stand.
44' Antonio Rudiger's header was the first time Chelsea have scored from a corner since Boxing Day 2017. That speaks volumes about United's defending.
42' Nearing the end of the first half now and United fans will be questioning how a front three of Rashford, Martial and Lukaku with great pace can be so static. They'll also be questioning why their side commits mistakes so frequently. Pogba's failure to mark Rudiger was not the first time this season that United's good work has been undone by an individual error.
34' After numerous fouls on himself, Eden Hazard goes into the book for bringing down a rampaging Rashford down the right-hand side. 
31' Rudiger plays a lovely ball in behind towards Alonso who is somehow onside with no defenders near him. However, his touch just evades him. A close call for Manchester United. 
27' Hazard is fouled yet again. Surprise, surprise. This time it's Ashley Young again who goes cautioned by referee Mike Dean. 
21' Pogba was quite literally jumping with frustration after losing his man for the goal. Criminal marking. 
GOAL CHELSEA - RUDIGER
21' Chelsea have the lead! Willian's corner finds the head of Antonio Rudiger who powers the ball home. Paul Pogba left him unmarked and as a result Mourinho's men are behind again. 
13' First yellow card of the day as Matic goes into the book for fouling Hazard again. 
11' It's a woeful set piece from Willian who fails to get any curl or dip and fires the free-kick into the crowd. 
10' As I say that Hazard is fouled again. This time he runs at Matic who then brings him down right on the edge of the area. A brilliant free-kick opportunity here for Chelsea. 
9' For the first time in the match Eden Hazard is floored. Ashley Young goes up for the header but connects with the Belgian. That won't be the first time he hits the deck today. 
3' First real sight of goal as Willian gets to the byline for the hosts and then cuts the ball back towards Kovacic but a United body is in the way to block. 
2' Early corner for United after Alonso flicks Mata's cross behind. Chelsea are then able to clear.
KICK OFF
1' Underway at the Bridge. 
Moments away from kick off at Stamford Bridge, the players are in the tunnel. 
Jose Mourinho has chosen a surprisingly attacking line-up for his return to Stamford Bridge. Rashford and Martial both start alongside Lukaku whilst there is a rare place in the side for Mata. Alexis Sanchez is among the substitutes. 
The Chelsea side has a familiar look to it. Eden Hazard will be looking to continue his sensational start to the season from the flanks, whilst Morata has been preferred to Giroud in attack. Ross Barkley is only a substitute despite being impressive recently. 
Manchester United team
De Gea, Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw, Mata, Matic, Pogba, Rashford, Lukaku, Martial. 


Subs: Romero, Bailly, Darmian, Pereira, Herrera, Fred, Sanchez. 

Chelsea team
Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso, Jorginho, Kovacic, Kante, Willian, Morata, Hazard.


Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Barkley, Pedro, Giroud. 

Kick-off is at 12:30PM which means team news at 11:30AM so stick with VAVEL UK for all the build-up until then.
Sarri will likely set up in the same way as he has most games this season. Chelsea will see no reason to fear United’s attack or defence, no matter what they say in the media.
However, Mourinho has seen how poor his United defence is. The worry for the Reds will be how they do score if they go behind. Too often this season, three times to be precise, United have lost their heads after conceding once and conceded another immediately after.
It seems inconceivable to imagine that Mourinho will do anything but try and defend his way to a counter-attacking victory or a draw against Sarri’s impressive attacking side. But most would agree that Chelsea are too good an attacking team to last the full 90 minutes against. Of course, it’s possible.
Luke Shaw and Diogo Dalot, United’s two exciting young full-backs, will undergo fitness tests before the game. Jesse Lingard looks unlikely to be picked by Mourinho as he still battles to recover from a groin injury.
For United, Mourinho will welcome back Ander Herrera, but not necessarily into his starting line-up. He may be forced to, though, if United cannot start with Marouane Fellaini or Nemanja Matic, both of whom have spent the international break with injuries. Scott McTominay, too, could be unavailable. Those three absentees may leave Mourinho with no option but to start with a midfield of Herrera, Pogba and Fred, although Andreas Pereira is another choice.
Chelsea will, therefore, be expected to line-up like this: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; William, Giroud, Hazard.
Defender Antonio Rudiger is expected to be available after recovering from a groin issue. Welsh midfielder Ethan Ampadu won’t be in action after suffering a knee injury during international duty with his country in a defeat to Wales. Ross Barkley, though, is fit.
That may be down to such an inconsistent starting line-up from Mourinho. No United player really looks settled in the side. Sanchez is one of a few. Chelsea, on the other hand, have a regular starting XI and it's unlikely there'll be many, if there are any at all, changes to their team on Saturday.
However, that was still against relegation favourites Newcastle. The positives were the team's second-half attitude and the fact that Alexis Sanchez scored the winner. The Chilean and Hazard were seen in the same category before Sanchez's move up north to Manchester from Arsenal, but he now looks a different player. His goalscoring ability is poor, having scored only three times since January, and he doesn't seem to fit in.
Chelsea are yet to lose this campaign, whereas Mourinho has led Man United to their third-worst start to a Premier League season ever. The Reds lost three of their opening seven fixtures, but could have kickstarted a turnaround with an epic 3-2 comeback win against Newcastle United just before the international break.
Eden Hazard has looked refreshed, rejuvenated and unstoppable under Sarri. The Belgian has netted seven goals in six Premier League starts for Chelsea, assisting thrice as well.
Maurizio Sarri’s side are the overwhelming favourites for today’s game. The Blues are joint-top of the Premier League table coming out of the second international break of the season. Any early season suggestions that Sarri’s quick change in the team’s fortunes have been disproved and even if Chelsea aren’t involved in the title race by May, they’ll be close.
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Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute coverage of the biggest fixture in the Premier League this weekend. Jose Mourinho returns to his former club as Manchester United travel to in-form Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Kick-off is set for 12:30PM in the lunchtime kick-off, but stay with us until then for build-up and team news.
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