Football, Premier League

Chelsea vs Man United: Epic heroics from Cole Palmer sees Blues get one over United

Chelsea defeated Manchester United 4-3 thanks to goals from Cole Palmer in the 100th and 101st minutes. It was an incredible and remarkable victory.

Man Utd was up at 99 minutes and 17 seconds in this match, which is the latest a team has ever led in a Premier League game that they ultimately lost. Additionally, Man Utd has surrendered a lead in additional time for the second time in less than a week.

With just three days to recover from the crushing loss, Erik ten Hag’s team will take on arch rivals Liverpool on Super Sunday.

In an incredible match that will go down as another Premier League thriller this year, Chelsea took the lead through a goal from Conor Gallagher (4).

Not long later, Palmer (19) doubled the lead. Marc Cucurella, a former Manchester City attacker, was taken down by an inept foul by Antony, and he went on to score his eighth penalty of the year.

However, as Chelsea has far too frequently demonstrated this season, they allowed a lead to evaporate. Alejandro Garnacho (34) scored the first goal after Moises Caicedo made a bad mistake, and Fernandes (39) levelled with a free header.

Man Utd produced a brilliant play that put them ahead for the first time. Garnacho nodded in Antony’s incredible curling ball (67).

However, Diogo Dalot’s foul on Noni Madueke gave Chelsea another spot-kick as the clock approached the eighth minute of extra time—the minimum allowed by the fourth official. After a tense VAR check, it was verified that Palmer was the only person capable of scoring in a nearly identical manner to his first penalty (101).

Chelsea outclassed a Manchester United defence that had already lost Raphael Varane and Varane’s successor, Jonny Evans, to injury, and there was yet time for another. Palmer completed his hat-trick and the Blues’ exuberant victory was sealed when his curling attempt rebounded off Scott McTominay.

Man Utd is still in sixth place after the match, nine points behind Tottenham in fifth. Chelsea advances to the upper half.

Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino: “It was amazing. We deserved it, we were the better team. It was a fair result. If you see everything we started the game in control and we made a mistake. We suffered an emotional impact.

“In the second half again we controlled the game again. We suffered in transition. In these situations we should have been better.

“In the end, it was a fair result. For the connection with the fans it is an important day. It should be a turning point.

“We kept believing and we kept saying to the players that there were two minutes left and to keep belief that we can score the goal. It was really important for us. A must-win game.

“We are here to coach. Today football is about entertainment and a spectacle. To score goals and to build some passion.

“The team need to translate to the fans. How we started the game today is exactly what we want – whether it is Man Utd or Burnley.

“I like to score goals but I don’t like to concede goals like today. But it is a process.”

Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag: “What most frustrates me is that we started the game poor, with individual errors. But I had a feeling we were dominating.

“We brought ourselves back into the game with sometimes brilliant football. Then it was stop and start. We didn’t manage it.

“I don’t know the reason. I know you have to do your jobs. They have to make the right decisions.

“We have to make better decisions. You saw how we score from counters – you saw today how much of a threat we can be. But we have to read the game and know when to keep the ball.”

On Super Sunday, Man Utd will play their next matchup against bitter rivals Liverpool.

Chelsea is scheduled to play in the Premier League on Sunday, travelling to Sheffield United.

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