Chelsea and Manchester United played out an entertaining 1-1 draw in their English Premier League (EPL) encounter at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Jadon Sancho gave United the lead ten minutes into the second half following a mistake from Jorginho. The Italian midfielder made amends on 69 minutes, converting a penalty won after Aaron Wan Bissaka fouled Thiago Silva in the penalty area.
It was Man United’s first league match since the sack of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following the heavy defeat at Watford and the Red Devils were lucky to go back to Manchester with a draw.
Michael Carrick’s side improved to eighth on the EPL log while Chelsea remain top with 30 points from 13 matches but the Blues’ lead at the top is down to one point after Manchester City recorded a 2-1 win over West Ham, moving Pep Guardiola’s side to second position with 29 points.
Moreso, Ivan Toney came back to haunt his old boss Rafael Benitez with his first-half penalty enough to give Brentford a 1-0 victory over Everton.
The result extended the Toffees’ winless run to seven matches and increased the pressure on the new manager at Goodison Park ahead of Wednesday’s Merseyside derby with his former club Liverpool.
A cool spot-kick by Toney in the 24th minute gave the Bees a first home league win since the opening day and it felt inevitable the forward would have a say on the game after Benitez had been his manager for the majority of his time at Newcastle where he was given limited opportunities.
The Toffees’ travelling faithful made their feelings known at full-time when the away side went over to thank them for their support but it was Brentford’s day, with Thomas Frank’s team securing a first league victory since October 3.
Elsewhere, James Maddison inspired Leicester to a swashbuckling 4-2 win over Watford to ruin Claudio Ranieri’s return.
The England international grabbed a goal and two assists for Jamie Vardy as the Foxes closed the gap to the top six.
Maddison, fresh from starring in Thursday’s Europa League win over Legia Warsaw, shone again while Ademola Lookman’s strike also helped Leicester claim just a third win in 10 Premier League games in blizzard conditions.
Ranieri was axed by Leicester in 2017, nine months after winning the title in a season which is likely to never be repeated.
Then, the Foxes were a point above the relegation zone. Now Ranieri returned with his fifth club since leaving the King Power Stadium aiming to keep Watford up.
He received a standing ovation from the home fans and took the acclaim as they sung his name but, aside from Josh King and Emmanuel Dennis’ goals, that was as good as it got for the 70-year-old.
Brentford 1-0 Everton
Leicester City 4-2 Watford
Manchester City 2-1 West Ham United
Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United