TL;DR news on Man United vs Chelsea at February 19, 2023

Forward Kai Havertz, who has often been Chelsea's best attacking player across several matches this season, is one of the players who could have done more with his chances. We were very, very good today, but we did not take what we deserved." Man United are in a transition period as Dutchman Erik ten Hag prepares to take over from interim German manager Ralf Rangnick. United fans could have been forgiven for wondering what the year was when Juan Mata and Phil Jones, teammates under David Moyes eight years ago, were introduced in the 80th minute. Chelsea had five attempts on target to United's one and Bruno Fernandes's headed effort was caught by Edouard Mendy, rather than saved. United were as much grateful for the toothless Kai Havertz as De Gea. Rangnick beckoned United's players back as Chelsea worked the ball to Reece James to cross for Alonso to volley in the inevitable opening goal on the hour. Many will have also stayed away as they have had their fill of United this season and the final session of the snooker on a Bank Holiday Monday is maybe more appealing than Brentford at home. Moments later, he was through and struck indecisively, irking Tuchel and the Chelsea analyst, who tossed a drinks bottle, cursing in German. Three added minutes! 88' Rudiger catches Elanga and Man United players want referee Mike Dean to show the second yellow. Where would Man United be without him? 31' De Gea saves another shot by Werner but this time, it wouldn't have counted as the assistant had raised his flag for offside. So Chelsea, who have won their past 10 games away from Stamford Bridge in all competitions, including the FIFA Club World Cup, will fancy their chances of making it 11 in a row on Thursday. It was another night of mediocrity from Ralf Rangnick's United side as their troubled season, which began with such high expectations, peters out. After Chelsea had failed to make the most of a series of chances in the first half, with United goalkeeper David De Gea three times denying Kai Havertz, they finally got ahead on the hour. Within two minutes, though, United was back on level terms when Nemanja Matic scooped the ball over the top and Ronaldo took one touch before slotting past keeper Edouard Mendy. However, during his short stint in Manchester so far, the players have struggled to take his style on board somewhat, and that has translated to poor results. A goal from Juan Mata, who, of course, now plays for United, was enough to slump his current employers back in May 2013. With Chelsea are now six points clear of Arsenal, some can make the argument that the door is somewhat slightly ajar for the Gunners to finish third. For a complete ESPN.com experience, please upgrade or use a supported browser ESPN 195d Is Man City vs. Manchester City is the "greatest, most intense and highest quality rivalry in English football history." "There is a uniqueness to it. "Many will claim that the fixtures overseen by Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger at their peak were of similar quality and packed just as much of an emotional punch. Is there a religious, socioeconomic or political layer to this, like, say, Bobby Fischer vs. Remember when Liverpool employees hacked into Manchester City's scouting database? That could have been a very public flashpoint, right? Well, it wasn't. United won the treble in 1999, but neither reached another Champions League final until Arsenal lost to Barcelona in 2005. It's why people are still watching highlights of United midfielder Roy Keane and Arsenal's Patrick Vieira squaring up in the Highbury tunnel more than 15 years later. Arsenal wey dey play for home fit increase Man United problem as di Red Devils don continue to struggle for di league. Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba go miss di rest of di season wit di calf injury wey e sustain during di club defeat to Liverpool on Tuesday. This put a freeze on all of his assets in the UK, with Chelsea forced to operate under a special sporting licence until a new owner takes charge. Chelsea's final six games could go a long way in setting the tone for the direction of the careers of Kante and Jorginho, particularly with Mateo Kovacic's current injury absence. However, that leaves Chelsea still unable to progress and prepare with their transfer business, putting Tuchel behind where the club would usually be at this stage. It will be a stiff task for the Blues, with Tuchel knowing that the foundation provided by Marina Granovskaia and Petr Cech could look different in the coming months. As you know, I was so happy with the structure the club provides and the mentality Chelsea provides because that was, for me, the foundation to strongly believe we could keep on pushing. The Reds have been in imperious form, winning nine of their last ten, the other being a draw against leaders Man City. United thought it was impressive they first spotted Telles at Galatasaray in 2014 and claimed he was tracked ever since. READ MORE: UK Government make huge decision that will impact Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham However, his reasoning for staying may give Chelsea hope that they could complete a deal this summer. I can't help but wonder whether Tuchel could have revived his Chelsea career if we had just waited that extra week or so. Chelsea's new owners and Marina Granovskaia can prevent this sort of issue from happening if they stick with a long term manager with a long term plan, but that's a discussion for another day.