A late Robin Van Persie strike helped Manchester United to a 1-1 draw against Chelsea in their English Premier League encounter at Old Trafford on Sunday. Both sides were happy to build from the back and wait for an opportunity on the counter attack early in the half however the tempo of the game picked up and some errors began to creep in as well as a few early yellow cards for Didier Drogba and Rafael. The home side had a great chance to take the lead when Luke Shaw played in Van Persie on goal but the skipper’s attempt was saved by Thibaut Courtois.
The Blues had a decent chance of their own when Drogba found Oscar’s pass however, his shot was superbly saved by David De Gea before the half-time break. In the second half the tempo of the game was very much the same as the first half with both sides looking for a breakthrough. United came close once more when Van Persie found Marouane Fellaini whose shot went wide.
The breakthrough finally came for the visitors when Drogba headed one in from close range to take the lead. The men from London had the bulk of the possession from then on and looked promising on attack. They were dealt a blow in added time when they were reduced to ten men when Branislav Ivanovic received a second yellow.
Louis Van Gaal’s men were not giving up that easily and it was their skipper who found the back of the net to equalise as they shared the points with the log leaders.