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Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United: Diego Costa cancels out Jesse Lingard opener

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Manchester United conceded a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw away at Stamford Bridge.

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Manchester United conceded in second half stoppage time to draw 1-1 away at Chelsea. It was another fairly impressive performance from Louis van Gaal's side, though a last-gasp equaliser from Diego Costa cancelled out Jesse Lingard's excellent opener.

United dominated the opening exchanges, with Chelsea struggling to get out of their own half. But not for the first time, the Reds failed to convert their control into goalscoring opportunities. It took until the 18th minute before the Blues' keeper Thibaut Courtois was called into action, though he made an excellent diving stop to tip a looping Anthony Martial effort over the crossbar.

As the clock ticked on, Chelsea began to look increasingly ominous. Just past the half-hour a sharp one-two between Oscar and Diego Costa culminated in the former lashing over the bar at the near post, a couple of minutes before Willian skinned Cameron Borthwick-Jackson down the right flank, though no one was on hand to tap home his low delivery.

The final couple of minutes of the half brought excitement at both ends: first a delicious delivery by the lively Matteo Darmian skidded straight across the Chelsea six-yard box; before a John Terry shot was heroically blocked by Daley Blind in the United penalty area. Chelsea claimed the Dutchman had handled in doing so, though the referee pointed to the corner flag rather than the penalty spot.

The tempo remained pleasingly high into the second half, with United forcing Courtois into a series of impressive stops. On the hour United were rewarded for their insistence, when a quiet Jesse Lingard sprung to life, firing a superb half-volley into the top corner on the turn. It was no less than the visitors deserved.

However, it also served as the catalyst for a renewed Chelsea assault. David de Gea had to make a succession of outstanding stops, including tipping a vicious Cesc Fàbregas effort over the crossbar at the near post. Alas, his efforts proved all in vain: a rash challenge by Daley Blind in stoppage time left Diego Costa in space inside the area, with the Spanish international rounding the goalkeeper before slotting into an empty net.

It proved to the last real action of the match. It was another improved performance from United, though they come away with little to show for it.