Man United vs Chelsea – Premier League: Live score, team news and updates as Cole Palmer equalises just before half-time after Scott McTominay opener… while City look to end slump

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Man United vs Chelsea – Premier League: Live score, team news and updates as Cole Palmer equalises just before half-time after Scott McTominay opener… while City look to end slump

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21:02, 46

Cole Palmer squares it up!

It’s Cole Palmer! Agaisnt the team he supported as a child!

Space for Mudryk in the middle and Palmer moves into the middle fo the field too. He’s looking to shoot, left footed, and does so, getting away from Lindelof.

It’s not powerful but it’s absoltely perfectly place and creeps into the bottom corner. Game on!

Eight minutes added on.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Cole Palmer of Chelsea scores his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea FC at Old Trafford on December 06, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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21:01, 45

GOAL! Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea

McTominay is alright to carry on at Old Trafford.

One move and United are four on three again. Caicedo fouls Hojlund about 35 yards out. Fernandes’s free kick hits the wall.

GOALLLLLLL!

20:56, 36

Villa in control against City

A quick update on proceedings at Villa Park.

No goals yet but Villa have had 11 shots to City’s two. We know they struggle without Rodri and we’re seeing that again today.

Villa are looking to maintain their impressive home record.

Manchester City's Norwegian striker #09 Erling Haaland (2L) has this header saved by Aston Villa's Argentinian goalkeeper #01 Emiliano Martinez (R) during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on December 6, 2023. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
20:54, 38

Mudryk fires wide

Great chance for Mudryk this time! Space on the left for him and he has to chose between passing to Sterling and shooting.

It’s good defending from Maguire and Mudryk shoots from an awkward angle but it’s wide.

Scott McTominay is down and hurt.

20:49, 33

Golden chances for both sides!

I can’t get over this defending from Chelsea. Tons of space for Dalot and Garnacho now with the ball across unable to find Hojlund.

There’s a communication issue between one of the assistant referees.

We’re back and Sanchez gives an easy pass away before slicing one out for a throw. His kicking is an issue.

MY WORD! McTominay has to score!

A header from McTominay who has the freedom of Old Trafford two yards out but he heads straight at Sanchez, and the follow up is straight at him too.

At the other end Sterling is in and feeds Jackson but Onana denies the forward!

Mad, mad game.

20:43, 27

Penalty appeal for Chelsea

Raheem Sterling hits the deck in the box and the VAR will have a look but it’s either a dive or a penalty.

Check complete. A dive.

20:37, 21

McTominay fires United ahead

It comes from Palmer losing the ball on the right but United are absolutely battering their opponents and Pochettino has left it too late to change anything.

Cross comes in from the left, the first effort is blocked, and the ball comes back out to McTominay, who finally puts United ahead.

Chelsea have been awful.

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20:35, 20

GOAL! Manchester United 1-0 Chelsea

Luke Shaw is booked for kicking the ball away but United are opening Cheslea up at will here. Sanchez has to save again from Antony.

Palmer drives Cheslea forward now and feeds Fernandez, who shoots with his left and Onana saves the swerving effort.

The thing about this game is that neither side is waiting in their build-up.

A glorious chance for United again with the cross coming in and Silva having to block an effort just yards out. The corner comes in and is just about flicked away.

Chelsea can’t get out… GOALLLLL!

20:29, 14

End to end football!

A great chance for Chelsea now up the other end with Jackson breaking.

He has Palmer to his right, Mudryk his left, and plays in the latter. Mudryk breaks through and hits the post.

Then Sanchez saves again up the other end, and Mudryk breaks again, but his pass is poor.

Any defenders about?

20:28, 11

Sanchez to the rescue

It wasn’t a great penalty by Fernandes. His usual, slow run up and he waits for Sanchez to move but the Spaniard does not.

It’s tepid, heading for the bottom right, and the Cheslea ‘keeper saved before the follow up is fired over.

A huge let off for Chelsea.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Robert Sanchez of Chelsea saves a penalty kick from Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United (not pictured) during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea FC at Old Trafford on December 06, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chelsea Football Club/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
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BRUNO FERNANDES MISSES!

SANCHEZ GETS A HAND TO IT!

PENALTY TO UNITED

Chelsea are all over the place here. Antony hits the deck and then McTominay shoots but it’s blocked for another corner.

I think we might get a United penalty here… we are. Fernandez has stood on Antony.

United dominating early

Nervy save from Sanchez who saves low from Hojlund on a snapshot on the left.

Shaw’s resulting corner is met by Lindelof but it’s easy for Sanchez to gather.

Dalot gets forward now and his cross is fumbled by Cucurella, who slices the ball out for a corner. Cross in from Fernandes is headed away.

United well on top.

Fernandes fires the first effort over

Early possession for United, who have swapped their defence about too, with Shaw and left back, Lindelof back in the middle and Dalot right.

Chelsea’s defence is Colwill LB, Cucurella RB, Silva and Disasi CB.

Fernandes blazes the first shot of the game over the bar.

Kick off!

We are underway in both Manchester and Birmingham.

The last time Pochettino and Ten Hag faced off, that Champions League semi in Amsterdam.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Manager Erik ten Hag of Manchester United greets Manager Mauricio Pochettino of CHelsea ahead of the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea FC at Old Trafford on December 06, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Here come the teams!

The teams are on their ways out at Old Trafford.

Strap in for what should be another classic!

Five minutes until kick off

Not long to go then until the team will be on their way out.

Villa vs City will also be getting underway in five minutes.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 6: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United warms up wearing a beanie hat ahead of Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea FC at Old Trafford on December 6, 2023 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

Levi Colwill to captain Chelsea

There had been a bit of confusion over who would captain Chelsea tonight with skipper Reece James and vice captain Conor Gallagher both not playing, but it will indeed be Levi Colwill.

Just the academy graduate’s 17th game for the Blues.

Chelsea's Levi Colwill takes a throw in during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Brighton Hove Albion at Stamford Bridget in London, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Patrice Evra slams United

I mentioned Patrice Evra’s words on United earlier on and he’s been going again, certainly not mincing what he’s been saying.

He slammed the players – particularly Marcus Rashford – and claimed that Old Trafford has lost its fear factor.

Read more below.

Chelsea’s dressing room

And in the blue corner…

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: The shirt of Cole Palmer is displayed inside the Chelsea dressing room prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea FC at Old Trafford on December 06, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: The shirt of Raheem Sterling is displayed inside the Chelsea dressing room prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea FC at Old Trafford on December 06, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Rashford and Martial are dropped

So the main takeaway from Old Trafford is that Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have been dropped by Erik ten Hag.

We all saw Rashford’s performance against Newcastle and Martial and Ten Hag had a spat. All is obviously not well.

They will not play from the start tonight as a punishment, if you like.

Asked if they were left out due to a lack of commitment, Ten Hag said the following…

No. We played better as a team, we can’t blame individuals for it. It is part of rotation. I think we have a very good energised front line and we do it as a team and a dressing room.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Manager Erik ten Hag of Manchester United speaks during a press conference at Carrington Training Ground on September 15, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates with Anthony Martial after he had scored the second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton FC at Old Trafford on April 08, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Pochettino explains Reece James’s absence

He is not starting becuase I think we need to take care of him and build his momentum. After Newcastle he was banned, now he needs to build his confidence with us and litle by little he will be on the pitch and with the team, but for now he will be on the bench.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Chelsea, interacts with Reece James of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 06, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Lee - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Aston Villa and Manchester City teams

Here are the teams from Villa Park tonight…

The game is Unai Emery’s 50th game in charge.

Chelsea team to face Manchester United

Chelsea swap a few from their win over Brighton, but Reece James remains on the bench. Cole Palmer is in for Gallagher.

Sanchez, Disasi, Silva, Colwill, Cucurella, Caicedo, Fernandez, Sterling, Palmer, Mudryk, Jackson.

Subs: Petrovic, Gilchrist, Badiashile, James, Maatsen, Castledine, Matos, Washington, Broja.

Manchester United team to face Chelsea

So no Rashford, that’s the headline.

Onana, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw, McTominay, Amrabat, Antony, Fernandes, Garnacho, Hojlund.

Subs: Bayindir, Evans, Reguilon, Wan-Bissaka, Mainoo, Pellistri, Ven de Beek, Rashford, Martial.

‘United fans are hurting’

Patrice Evra is one of the pundits on Prime Video tonight.

Having made hundreds of appearances for Manchester United, the former full-back is as good of a fan as it gets. And he’s not happy with how it’s going right now.

Tonight is a massive game but it is about attitude. It has to be different. The game against Newcastle was a lazy attitude. All United fans are very hurt right now.

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Chelsea are here too

Chelsea players have arrived too ahead of the match.

It’s a hard one to call tonight. Both teams are a bit up and down, with the Blues beating Tottenham, then drawin with City, then getting hammered by Newcastle before getting the better of Brighton.

United come into this one on the back of a dire result and performance against Newcastle last time out.

United players arrive

Right, focusing on tonight then.

United players have arrived at Old Trafford ahead of the game, with around 80 minutes to go until kick off.

A win tonight could in theory see the Red Devils go fifth in the Premier League table, while Chelsea are aiming to move up to eighth.

Is Ten Hag losing the dressing room?

Anyway, here’s our piece on how United’s dressing room spiralled downhill when Sir Alex Ferguson left.

From Louis Van Gaal being hated by his players, to Jose Mourinho clashing with Paul Pogba and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turning on pretty much everyone, it’s starting to look like Ten Hag will suffer the same fate.

Read more below.

United turn on the media

The talk around Manchester United this week has once again been negative, with a number of high-profile media organisations being banned from the ground by Erik ten Hag.

The struggling Red Devils have taken drastic action against Sky Sports, the Mirror, ESPN and the Manchester Evening News over reports that United players are beginning to turn on manager Ten Hag.

United said the bans were issued ‘not for publishing stories we don’t like, but for doing so without contacting us first to give us the opportunity to comment, challenge or contextualise’.

Read more from Chris Wheeler below.

Plenty of games tonight

There are six matches tonight in the Premier League, so it promises to be an action-packed few hours.

Brighton vs Brentford, Crystal Palace vs Bournemouth, Fulham vs Forest and Chris Wilder’s Sheffiled United vs Liverpool all kick off at 7:30.

If you want to follow those games live, click the link below to join my colleague Ed Carruthurs for live coverage.

Hello!

Good evening one and all and welcome to Mail Sport’s live blog for Manchester United’s game against Chelsea at Old Trafford this evening.

It’s two sides that are underachieiving this season, to be honest, but a win here would be a big plus in terms of helping either side improve on what have been mixed fortunes of late.

Kick off is scheduled for 8:15, and we’ll be bringing you updates from Aston Villa versus Manchester City too, which kicks off at the same time.

File photo dated 02-12-2023 of Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag who is convinced he retains the backing of Manchester United's players after the club were angered by reports he had lost some of the dressing room. Issue date: Tuesday December 5, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.
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Key Updates

  • Cole Palmer squares it up!
  • GOAL! Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea
  • McTominay fires United ahead
  • GOAL! Manchester United 1-0 Chelsea
  • BRUNO FERNANDES MISSES!
  • PENALTY TO UNITED
  • Pochettino explains Reece James’s absence
  • Aston Villa and Manchester City teams
  • Chelsea team to face Manchester United
  • Manchester United team to face Chelsea

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