Other team figures recorded by the two sides were more even than shots on target, with the final possession split 50-50 and both teams attempting exactly the same number of passes (582) with identical completion rates (83 per cent).
As skipper Cesar Azpilicueta noted in his post-match interviews however, there was a variation in who was in control in the two halves, with Chelsea having 59 per cent of the ball and making 330 passes to Man U’s 234 before the break, and Man U with 58 per cent and 348 passes to our 252 after it.
Chelsea’s formation at Old Trafford has been described as a back-five and a defensive move to keep the home side out, but as well as it matching the shape that defeated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s teams convincingly in the FA Cup semi-final last season, there are figures to show Ben Chilwell and Reece James had an attacking influence as wing-backs in this latest meeting.
Both sent over six crosses during the 90 minutes, including the one from James that was so nearly reached at the far post by Pulisic. Despite playing primarily in the centre, Man United’s Bruno Fernandes also managed six crosses.