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David De Gea reveals his human side with ultra rare error for Chelsea’s opening goal

Man United's No1 has been sensational for a long time but he certainly could have done better for the opening goal at Old Trafford

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A rare David De Gea shot-stopping error contributed to Chelsea taking the lead at Old Trafford in the Premier League this afternoon.

The Spanish keeper has been in immense form all season but will annoyed at himself for failing to stop Willian’s powerful effort from giving the visitors the lead.

Willian continued his excellent form with a venomous strike

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Willian continued his excellent form with a venomous strike

Chelsea broke quickly, with Willian starting the counterattack from the edge of his own box.

Eden Hazard found the in-form Brazilian with a delightful return pass although questions will be asked of United’s defence.

Scott McTominay initially tracked Willian well but was drawn to the ball a split second before Hazard released his team-mate through on goal.

Credit in the bank

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Credit in the bank

Take nothing away from the strike; Willian’s finish was struck cleanly but replays showed it went more or less straight through De Gea.

It was far from a howler but the Spaniard would have expected to save it, as are the world-class standards he sets for himself.

Deadlock, broken

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Deadlock, broken

Much to De Gea’s relief, Chelsea’s lead last just seven minutes.

Neat interplay from Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku allowed the Belgian half a yard of space to convert from close range.

The trio of United forwards display excellent composure and control to keep the ball in a congested area of the pitch.

United’s forwards displayed great teamwork for the equaliser

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United’s forwards displayed great teamwork for the equaliser

1-1 at half-time and all to play for… game on.


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