Man United 2 – Chelsea 1
It was a superb Sunday for Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Taking on Chelsea in a huge battle to finish the season in the top four, Man United needed to win.
And things didn’t start well for United. Alvaro Morata hit the bar after three minutes while Willian fired Chelsea in front on the half hour with a counter attack.
Romelu Lukaku ended his goal drought against the top six drawing United level before the break.
With 15 minutes to go Lukaku turned provided. His cross was headed into the Chelsea net by sub Jesse Lingard.
— VOOsport (@VOOsport) February 25, 2018
Antonio Conte slammed for subbing Eden Hazard
Two minutes before Lingard scored, Antonio Conte made a strange decision.
He took of Chelsea’s best player Eden Hazard and he replaced him with Pedro.
While it’s difficult to say that substitution directly contributed to Chelsea’s demise, there didn’t seem any logic behind the change.
Hazard, of course, has been in fine scoring form in recent weeks.
See the Conte backlash below.
Chelsea have been inviting that pressure on themselves a bit there. United have been gradually gaining the initiative. Lingard is always a threat off the bench, lots of star power despite their very poor form of late. #CFC #MUFC #MUNCHE
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) February 25, 2018
— +7 (@gbengaphysayor) February 25, 2018
— Sharan Chablani (@MyFussbllTweets) February 25, 2018
This is Conte's fault. Bringing on Fabregas far too late. Why he brought Hazard off I do not understand and why he didn't start Giroud is beyond me.
— The Asian one (@etraill95) February 25, 2018
Taking off Hazard an act of self-sabotage from Conte.
— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) February 25, 2018
It seems at times that Conte wants Hazard to leave during the summer. Absolutely baffling how often he takes Hazard off in close games, with today being the latest example. Eden, unsurprisingly, is far from pleased.
— EiF (@EiFSoccer) February 25, 2018
If Jose Mourinho was subbing Eden Hazard he’d be destroyed. Conte “must have something in mind though” according to Jim Beglin. Ridiculous.
— Adam Joseph 🇦🇺 (@AdamJosephSport) February 25, 2018
— Series Abíọdún࿐ (@EngrSeries) February 25, 2018