Premier League: The best Manchester United vs Chelsea matches
Premier League leaders Chelsea host Manchester United in a crunch encounter on Sunday. United are placed eighth with 17 points from 12 PL games this season. Meanwhile, league leaders Chelsea have collected 29 points. United, who have claimed just four points from their last seven matches, are in a position of bother. Chelsea have played smart football under Thomas Tuchel to fly high.
Why does this story matter?
The two sides have met 58 times in the Premier League. United have claimed 23 wins to Chelsea's 18. Notably, 17 games have ended in a draw. The rivalry between the two teams is one of the most followed and celebrated. They have been part of some intense matches at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge. Here we decode the best matches.
Rashford's brace sees United tame Chelsea 4-0
United opened the 2019-20 season in style, beating Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford. This was United's biggest Premier League win over Chelsea at home. Marcus Rashford netted a brace as Anthony Martial scored from close range. Debutant Daniel James added the fourth nine minutes from time. Chelsea played good football and were the better side in the first half but United took their chances.
Champions Chelsea down United 3-1
Jose Mourinho joined Chelsea in 2004 and handed his side the PL title in a record-breaking season. In May 2005, Ruud van Nistelrooy handed United an early lead. Tiago Mendes scored the equalizer, while his pass set up Eidur Gudjohnsen for the second. Joe Cole added the third as United couldn't break down the Blues. Chelsea scripted their record 29th win of the season.
Chelsea thrash United 4-0 at Stamford Bridge
Mourinho was humiliated on his return to Chelsea as his former club thrashed United at Stamford Bridge. Pedro gave Chelsea the lead inside the first minute. Gary Cahill smashed in the second from an Eden Hazard corner. Hazard drilled in a precise 15-yard strike to make it 3-0. N'Golo Kante added the fourth with United's defensive shape all wrong.
Van Persie hands United a dramatic late equalizer
A dramatic encounter at Old Trafford saw Robin van Persie equalize for United in the 94th minute after Didier Drogba gave Chelsea the lead in the 53rd minute. Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Angel Di Maria. The Argentine's resulting free-kick saw Thibaut Courtois save brilliantly from Marouane Fellaini but Van Persie scored on the rebound.