An injury time strike from Diego Costa secured a 1-1 for Chelsea against Manchester United on Sunday evening to preserve the Premier League champions’ unbeaten run under Guus Hiddink.
The Spaniard rounded goalkeeper David De Gea in the 92nd to net his sixth goal in seven league appearances under Hiddink, cancelling out Jesse Lingard’s 61st-minute stunner for the Red Devils.
Louis Van Gaal’s side dominated early on, as Thibaut Courtois produced a fine one-handed save to keep out Anthony Martial from opening the scoring.
The visitors kept up their pressure as Chelsea struggled to gain a foothold in possession, though De Gea had to react smartly to catch Nemanja Matic’s glancing header from Willian’s delivery.
Guus Hiddink’s side continued pressing and almost forced United into conceding a penalty on stroke of half-time when Daley Blind’s arm blocked a shot by John Terry.
United were in front just after the hour mark, with Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s cross teed up by Rooney for Lingard to volley on the turn into the net.
United, who were close to claiming their first win over their rivals since 2012 were denied dying minutes when Diego Costa pounced on to a through pass from Cesc Fabregas to preserve Chelsea’s 11-game unbeaten run since Jose Mourinho was sacked.
“We had it so close but in the end Chelsea are always trying to score and create chances and they scored a late goal and we didn’t have any time to try to come back,” said United midfielder Juan Mata, who joined from Chelsea.
The result left United lodged in fifth and the gap to the fourth Champions League place has grown to six points. Meanwhile Chelsea, who lost defender Kurt Zouma to a serious injury, remain 13th on the log.
“We continued with our good, attacking football,” said Van Gaal, whose future remains uncertain, despite promising signs from his team. “We have created a lot of chances here at Chelsea. It’s a nasty away game, I think, and one that’s not so easy.
“The last few years Manchester United haven’t won here so it’s not an easy match and we took the lead with a fantastic goal. A fantastic cross also. Then you can control the game, but in the last quarter we gave it away.”
Elsewhere, Arsenal went back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth.
Mesut Ozil scored his first goal since December and within 90 seconds Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ended a 17-month league goal drought to double the visitor’s advantage.
Speaking to the media after the game, Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger said:
We had four games without a win, when you play at the top that’s a long period, so your confidence drops a little bit.”
The Gunner’s moved behind second-place north London rival Tottenham on goal difference.
Next up for Arsenal is a home match against surprise League leader’s Leicester, who thumped Manchester City 3-1 on Saturday.
“Leicester running away and us playing them next week, (makes) the game interesting,” Wenger said. “It was very important for us to win today.”