Sancho helps Man United draw at Chelsea

LONDON (AP) — The mindful tactical plan, with Cristiano Ronaldo dropped to the bench, worked for Manchester United.

Striking Chelsea on the counterattack, with Jadon Sancho scoring his very first Premier League objective, and getting a point is the kind of damage limitation-mode United remains in this season.

Taking a 1-1 make use of Sunday — after house embarrassments to Liverpool and Manchester City in the fading ashes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign — offers Ralf Rangnick a platform to develop on.

The German is yet to formally take charge — with a post-Brexit work allow still to be protected — however this might well be Michael Carrick’s last serve as interim caretaker supervisor.

The frustration for United will be not keeping the lead after Aaron Wan-Bissaka captured the back of Thiago Silva’s heel when clearing the ball. Jorginho matched from a charge in the 69th minute — a day prior to the Italian finds if he has actually won the Ballon d’Or.

Jorginho had actually been at fault for the United objective in the 50th minute. Mis-controlling a clearance from United midfielder Bruno Fernandes’ connected long ball enabled Jadon Sancho to take ownership. The 21-year-old forward had the area to race through on objective prior to slipping a shot previous goalkeeper Edouard Mendy that sneaked inside the ideal post.

Sancho, who took part July for 85 million euros (then $100 million), likewise netted in the Champions League on Tuesday in a win at Villarreal.

Now another favorable outcome — after losing 5 of its last 7 league video games under Solskjaer — has actually taken United to within 5 points of West Ham in the 4th Champions League certification location.

“It’s not enough to draw, but at the moment, the way we are it’s a big point,” United goalkeeper David de Gea stated. “In the last games we were conceding three or four goals, now we conceded one from a penalty and got a clean sheet against Villarreal, so I think we are improving.

“But this is two games, we need to show in the games that are coming, like Arsenal — a big game again. Let’s keep going, keep focused.”

CHELSEA’S LEAD CUT

Manchester City beat West Ham 2-1 as the defending champions trimmed Chelsea’s lead at the top to a single point.

Ilkay Gundogan tapped in City’s opener in the 33rd minute from Riyad Mahrez’s deflected crossfield ball. Fernandinho’s strike in the 90th meant Manuel Lanzini’s dipping shot in stoppage time would only be a consolation.

Snow was falling at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester but it was a heavier storm about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north at Turf Moor that forced the postponement of Burnley’s home game against Tottenham less than an hour before kickoff.

EVERTON STRUGGLES

Ahead of the Merseyside derby reunion with former club Liverpool, Rafa Benitez has gone a seventh match without a win as Everton manager.

Ivan Toney, who played under Benitez at Newcastle but struggled for playing time, scored the goal that gave Brentford a 1-0 win over Everton.

Brentford claimed a first home league win since the opening day of the season against Arsenal in August to move up to 12th. Everton is two places lower in the 20-team standings.

RANIERI’S MISERABLE RETURN

Five years after so unexpectedly winning the Premier League title with Leicester, Claudio Ranieri’s mission now is avoiding relegation with Watford.

Losing 4-2 at Leicester, though, leaves Watford two places above the relegation zone with a four-point cushion. James Maddison scored a goal and provided two assists for Jamie Vardy. Ademola Lookman also netted as Leicester celebrated only a third win in 10 league games to move up to 10th place.

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