Manchester United have four improving players but three concerns after Chelsea draw

Manchester United avoided defeat for a second game in a row under Michael Carrick after drawing 1-1 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Jadon Sancho found the net again for the Red Devils, coolly slotting home after good work from Jorginho. Yet the Italy international made amends from the penalty spot to earn a draw for Thomas Tuchel’s side.

Manchester United went into their game with Chelsea on a high after beating Villarreal in midweek.

And though the Red Devils weren’t able to leave Stamford Bridge with all three points, it was a job well done.

Chelsea are primed to win the Premier League this term, with Tuchel’s side currently sitting above Manchester City at the summit.

So United, by leaving the home of last season’s Champions League winners with a point, can be satisfied with the result.

It was a day where, once again, there were positives under Carrick. Sancho was arguably the biggest of the bunch.

Certainly, the England international has struggled in the short time since his huge £73million move from Borussia Dortmund. Until Villarreal, he’d failed to score or register a single assist.

However, this was another bright occasion for the 21-year-old. His goal was well taken, especially given how he panicked Jorginho with his searing speed.

Sancho now has two in two under Carrick and United will be hopeful this purple patch can last as they look to turn their season around.

Scott McTominay also deserves credit.

The Scotland international was dire during the final weeks of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign, failing to stamp his authority on matches.

But McTominay was significantly improved against Chelsea, building on his solid showing in the Champions League in midweek with an energetic display.

While he lacks the wow factor of Paul Pogba or the finesse of Donny van de Beek, McTominay’s willingness to dig in and put in a shift makes him a useful asset for the club to have.

David De Gea, too, was another positive.

Many had expected the Spain international to be demoted this term, especially after being dislodged by Dean Henderson for some matches at the end of last season.

But De Gea is now clearly back to his best.

He topped United’s official player ratings voted by fans after making great saves to deny Callum Hudson-Odoi and Antonio Rudiger, tipping the latter’s thunderbolt shot onto the bar.

If De Gea can keep this form up, there’s definitely a chance he’ll be in the running for the Sir Matt Busby award once the season draws to a close in May.

A fourth positive for United was the display of Alex Telles, too.

However, this was another bright occasion for the 21-year-old. His goal was well taken, especially given how he panicked Jorginho with his searing speed.

Sancho now has two in two under Carrick and United will be hopeful this purple patch can last as they look to turn their season around.

Scott McTominay also deserves credit.

The Scotland international was dire during the final weeks of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign, failing to stamp his authority on matches.

But McTominay was significantly improved against Chelsea, building on his solid showing in the Champions League in midweek with an energetic display.

While he lacks the wow factor of Paul Pogba or the finesse of Donny van de Beek, McTominay’s willingness to dig in and put in a shift makes him a useful asset for the club to have.

The Brazil international has struggled for action since joining from Porto last term, often being below Luke Shaw in Solskjaer’s pecking order.

However, he offers United plenty in both attack and defence and, with Shaw out of sorts, Telles may now be in line for a regular run in the team.

While there were plenty of positives, though, there were also two negatives.

Cristiano Ronaldo being one of them.

The Portugal international’s talent is obvious but there’s trouble brewing. He was left on the bench for this fixture, with many believing Ralf Rangnick had made the call from behind the scenes.

It speaks volumes that, on a day where United wanted to win, Ronaldo was left out. He didn’t seem happy, either, storming off the pitch at the end without acknowledging the travelling support.

Bruno Fernandes did the same, with the Portugal international choosing to snub fans a week after he’d clashed with them against Watford.

He’s out of sorts these days, allowing his temper to get the better of him and regularly giving the ball away.

His erratic display was in stark contrast to Donny van de Beek’s against Villarreal and it’s feasible the Dutchman will be reinstated for the match against Arsenal on Thursday.

And another worry is Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Not for the first time, the former Crystal Palace star misjudged a tackle that led to a goal – with Jorginho netting following a foul in the box.

It’s no wonder United remain interested in Kieran Trippier, despite missing out on him back in the summer.

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