Man City vs Chelsea LIVE: Premier League result and final score as De Bruyne scores brilliant winner

Follow the reaction as City moved 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League table thanks to a 1-0 win over Chelsea

Michael Jones
Saturday 15 January 2022 19:58
<p>Kevin De Bruyne scores a wonderful curling finish</p>

Kevin De Bruyne scores a wonderful curling finish

Follow live reaction after Manchester City increased their lead at the top of the Premier League table to 13 points as Kevin De Bruyne’s sublime strike earned the defending champions a 1-0 win over second-placed Chelsea.

De Bruyne curled an excellent strike past Kepa Arrizabalaga from outside of the box in the 70th minute to hand the hosts a victory they thoroughly deserved after a commanding performance against the European champions.

City dominated possession in the first half but Jack Grealish was denied an opening goal when Kepa blocked his shot with an outstretched leg. Romelu Lukaku, who had a poor game for the visitors, went close after the break but saw a curling effort saved by Ederson.

Chelsea continued to struggle to create chances, despite the introduction of Mason Mount and Timo Werner from the bench, and the defeat is a significant blow to their hopes of challenging for the title.

Follow all the reaction to Man City vs Chelsea below:


Philippe Coutinho leads Aston Villa comeback against Manchester United on dream Premier League return

Manchester United were still in celebratory mode when the switch finally happened. Philippe Coutinho had been on the touchline waiting to make his Aston Villa bow, but had to watch Bruno Fernandes score a second before then replacing Morgan Sanson.

The game felt lost at the point of his introduction: the hosts best period had preceded the Portugal international’s thundered finish on 67 minutes, moments before the change was made. Villa faced a steep climb, after Emi Martinez’s howler in the opening stages.

Villa were cooked at 2-0, but Coutinho - desperate to remind the world, and vitally himself - of his gifts delivered an altogether different recipe.

Philippe Coutinho leads Aston Villa comeback against Man United on dream return

Aston Villa 2-2 Manchester United: The Brazilian changed the game on his return to English football as he set up Jacob Ramsey before scoring a late equaliser

Michael Jones15 January 2022 19:58

Reaction from Philippe Coutinho

Super sub Philippe Coutinho spoke to Sky Sports after the game about the result and returning to the Premier League. He said:

I missed these games and the Premier League. I’m very happy to be here with my new teammates. It was a good start, we kept believing until the end, but we didn’t lose.

“There have been many ups and downs. It is in the past, I’m here and I’m focussed on the objectives of the club and the manager and I want to a good job to help my teammates and the club.”

Michael Jones15 January 2022 19:50

Philippe Coutinho seals stirring Aston Villa comeback in Manchester United draw

Superb sub Philippe Coutinho sealed a stirring Aston Villa comeback as Steven Gerrard’s men fought back to claim a 2-2 Premier League draw with Manchester United

Having started the week by edging through to the FA Cup third round with a somewhat fortuitous win, Ralf Rangnick’s side looked on course for another hard-fought victory against Villa on Saturday evening.

A howler from Emiliano Martinez gifted Bruno Fernandes an early opener and the stand-in captain fired United further ahead at Villa Park, only for new boy Coutinho’s introduction to spark a fightback.

Philippe Coutinho seals stirring Aston Villa comeback in Manchester United draw

Ralf Rangnick’s side looked on course for another hard-fought victory against Villa on Saturday evening.

Michael Jones15 January 2022 19:44

Aston Villa vs Man Utd player ratings: Philippe Coutinho rescues draw on Premier League return

Aston Villa rescued a 2-2 draw in the Premier League against Manchester United after mistakes led to both of the visitors goals. Here are the player ratings from Villa Park:

Player ratings as Philippe Coutinho rescues Aston Villa draw on Premier League return

Aston Villa 2-2 Manchester United: Coutinho and Ramsey rescued a draw for the home side after mistakes led to United goals

Michael Jones15 January 2022 19:41

Aston Villa 2 - 2 Man Utd

A remarkable comeback from Aston Villa means Manchester United squander the chance to get back into the top six. They remain in seventh place and are five points behind West Ham (4th) in the race for the top four.

Aston Villa stop their run of defeats with that draw. A point takes them above Brentford into 13th with the Bees set to play Liverpool tomorrow.

Michael Jones15 January 2022 19:38

Aston Villa 2 - 2 Man Utd

Philippe Coutinho didn’t manage a goal or assist in any of his seven Premier League appearances against Manchester United while playing for Liverpool (480 minutes), but netted Villa’s equaliser just 14 minutes into his debut for the club.

Michael Jones15 January 2022 19:35

Aston Villa 2 - 2 Man Utd

A dream debut for Philippe Coutinho.

Michael Jones15 January 2022 19:32

Full-time: Aston Villa 2 - 2 Man Utd

90+5 mins: Great work from Hause! A diagonal ball comes over to the far side of the box to Sancho. He picks out Van de Beek in the box and the substitute weaves into space and drills one at goal only for Hause to block it!

The final whistle goes and Aston Villa rescue a point. Jacob Ramsey was brilliant throughout and Philippe Coutinho’s cameo set up the first goal and scored the second. Villa Park has a new hero.

Michael Jones15 January 2022 19:29

Aston Villa 2 - 2 Man Utd

90+2 mins: There’s a couple of minutes taken out of the game as Buendia lands awkwardly and stays on the deck. He does look in a bit of pain as he talks to the medics and gets helped off the pitch.

Villa win a free kick that Douglas Luiz flicks into the box. Hause gets to the header but softly knocks it to De Gea.

Michael Jones15 January 2022 19:26

Aston Villa 2 - 2 Man Utd

90 mins: Donny van de Beek and Jesse Lingard replace Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood. There’s four minutes of added time to play, that’s plenty of time for a winning goal. This game deserves one.

Michael Jones15 January 2022 19:22

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