Chelsea vs Manchester United analysis: David De Gea steps up yet again for Red Devils at Stamford Bridge

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Sunday 07 February 2016 19:24
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David de Gea speaks with Diego Costa after the 1-1 draw with Chelsea
David de Gea speaks with Diego Costa after the 1-1 draw with Chelsea

STAR PLAYER

David de Gea. Made a number of fine saves to keep Chelsea out, until Diego Costa breached the defence late on.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Not one moment, but a series of moments relating to John Terry, who is out of contract at the end of the season. The usual fan banners at either end of the ground were peeled back so one remained. It read: "JT Captain, Leader, Legend". "Sign him up," the fans sang. And the captain thanked the supporters at the end.

VIEW FROM THE BENCH

Guus Hiddink named the same starting XI for three successive Premier League games, with Eden Hazard again kept in reserve. United were also unchanged following their convincing win over Stoke. Hazard was thrown into the fray with 35 minutes remaining and Pedro followed after the enforced replacement of Kurt Zouma by Gary Cahill. Neither Hazard nor Pedro could inspire Chelsea, but Costa capitalised on a mistake. United looked the more dangerous, with Louis van Gaal opting for directness, but the visitors could not find a second and were punished.

MOAN OF THE MATCH

Another penalty debate. Does there need to be a clarification over when handball is handball? When Daley Blind's arm was in a natural position, tucked into his body, and was struck at point-blank range there should surely not even be a debate.

WHO'S UP NEXT

Chelsea v Newcastle (Barclays Premier League, Saturday, February 13)

Sunderland v Manchester United (Barclays Premier League, Saturday, February 13)

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