Five things we learnt from United-Chelsea

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Chelsea are still title favorites– Though they conceded a late goal, Jose Mourinho’s new look team are still the likely winner of the trophy come May. Even without their influential talisman in the guise of Diego Costa, amid Remy’s absence, they still got the first initiative at Old Trafford courtesy of Didier Drogba’s header. A brilliant performance on the day could have been complimented with all three points, yet a point from Old Trafford was a fair outcome

United still need defense sorting– The visitors had opportunities to lay the game to bed gone begging, but another memorable display by De Gea in between the sticks stopped the Blues from getting a second goal. He surely won’t be celebrating with his defenders, as Rojo and Smalling had a night to forget. Rafael did look vibrant when making runs in the final third but defensively, questions would be raised if he has truly developed from the precarious youngster from 2008.

Manchester United can make top four– Aside their defense frugality, van Gaal’s men are a force to reckon with notably in the final third. The signing of Di Maria was certainly a turning point in this feat. His presence in the squad has, maybe, momentarily lifted the other disciples.

Mourinho got a run for his money– It was no surprise John Mikel Obi was brought on as the special one was determined to see of the deserved lead. However, he ostensibly wasn’t banking on a Robin Vanpersie’s heartbreak late on.

Hazard is World Class– Certainly a contender for the Ballon d’ Or in the future.

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