Scholes: Manchester United’s draw at Chelsea a confidence boost

The retired midfielder was upbeat about his old side’s hard-fought point at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Paul Scholes

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes believes the Red Devils can take some positives from their 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Sunday.

The Blues were huge favorites before the Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge, but caretaker manager Michael Carrick was able to gain a point in West London.

Jadon Sancho pounced on a Jorginho mistake to open the scoring five minutes after half-time, although the visitors’ lead was wiped out by the Italy midfielder who atoned for his error by scoring a pressure penalty in the 69th minute.

Speaking after the game, Scholes confessed it was a good result in isolation, especially after the previous week’s events.

“It should give them a bit of confidence going to a Chelsea team that had been playing well, coming away with a point can only be a positive,” the Man United legend acknowledged. “[United] have got a few fixtures that are very winnable as well looking at the next eight or nine, 10 fixtures.

“You hope they are winnable with the squad they’ve got. With a new coach coming in to refresh and revitalize them a little bit, going to places like Chelsea and getting a point is a positive result.

“It was a turbulent week and losing the manager isn’t great. Michael Carrick has done well; it’s not been vintage football but it’s been football that has got us two good results.”

The point against Thomas Tuchel’s outfit extended Man United’s unbeaten run against the Blues in the Premier League to eight games, with the Manchester giants' last defeat by Chelsea coming in November 2017.

Sunday’s draw means United have won only one of their last eight domestic fixtures, a 3-0 victory at Tottenham Hotspur in late October.

They face age-old rivals Arsenal in their next league game on December 2 at Old Trafford looking to win their first league game in four attempts.

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Seye Omidiora is a passionate football writer and pundit whose deep appreciation for the beautiful game exceeds the usual. He is currently a columnist for Goal Africa and has previously written for Vital Football UK, IBCity Info and Opera News.

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