Chelsea 1 – 0 Manchester United – Morata powers in header from Azpilicueta’s deep cross. Morata looper sees Chelsea past Man United as Morata header gives Blues deserved win. Manchester United looked desperately out of sorts as Chelsea claimed a deserved 1-0 win thanks to Alvaro Morata’s header at Stamford Bridge.
Alvaro Morata’s superb second-half header secured a deserved 1-0 Premier League win for Chelsea over an insipid Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
The Spanish striker was reportedly close to a move to Jose Mourinho’s side before his eventual switch to the Blues and he haunted United with the game’s decisive moment in the 55th minute.
The former Real Madrid man escaped the attentions of United’s three central defenders – Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones – to meet Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross with an immaculate header and secure all three points for Antonio Conte’s side.
United looked bright in the opening 20 minutes – coming close through Marcus Rashford’s looping header – but faded badly and posed little threat during a desperately poor second-half display.
The defeat means they are now eight points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, whose seemingly unstoppable march at the summit continued with a comprehensive 3-1 win over Arsenal earlier on Sunday.
Chelsea, who have now lost just once to United at Stamford Bridge in 16 league games, remain in fourth place, but are just a point behind their beaten opponents and Tottenham.
No player has scored more headed goals in the big five European leagues since the start of last season than Alvaro Morata.
Alvaro Morata scored his first goal since September as Chelsea deservedly beat Manchester United to move a point behind the Red Devils in the Premier League.
Morata powerfully headed in his eighth goal for the club 10 minutes after the break as the Blues recorded a third consecutive league win.
David de Gea kept out further efforts from Morata and Eden Hazard as Chelsea looked to add to their lead.
United forward Marcus Rashford flashed an effort wide in the closing stages before substitute Marouane Fellaini’s close-range strike was saved by Thibaut Courtois.
Chelsea remain fourth while second-placed United trail leaders Manchester City, who beat Arsenal 3-1 earlier, by eight points.
Chelsea 1 – 0 Manchester United | English Premier League – Match Highlights
- 55′ 1 – 0 Álvaro Morata scores and makes a breakthrough. It was coming. Cesar Azpilicueta looks up and puts the ball on a plate for Alvaro Morata to loop in a header to the far post, past the reach of David de Gea. The Spaniard ends his run of six games without a goal. Where was the marking though? Morata had the freedom of London there.
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