Cole Palmer scored in the 100th and 101st minute as Chelsea secured an epic and extraordinary 4-3 win against Manchester United.

Man Utd were leading in this game at 99 minutes and 17 seconds – the latest a side has ever led in a Premier League match they have gone on to lose. It is also the second time in less than a week that Man Utd have lost a lead in added time.

Erik ten Hag’s side now have just three days in which to pick themselves up from the shattering defeat before facing fierce rivals Liverpool on Super Sunday.

“We had the game in our hands and we gave it away,” Bruno Fernandes told TNT Sport. “It’s frustrating. It’s difficult to take.

“It’s a big game [on Sunday against Liverpool]. I don’t need to say anything [to his team-mates]. If I need to say anything it’s a problem because this is a massive club.”

In a remarkable game that can add itself to the long list of Premier League thrillers this season, Chelsea struck first when Conor Gallagher (4) fired in.

Palmer (19) doubled the lead not long after. A clumsy foul from Antony felled Marc Cucurella, with the former Manchester City forward scoring his seventh penalty of the season.

But as has been the case all too often with Chelsea this season, they let a lead crumble. A terrible error from Moises Caicedo allowed Alejandro Garnacho (34) through for the first before Fernandes’ (39) free header equalised.

It was a moment of quality from Man Utd that saw them ahead for the first time. Antony’s sensational, curling ball was nodded home by Garnacho (67) in front of the ecstatic away fans.

However, as the clock ticked into the eighth minute of added time – the minimum allotted by the fourth official – Chelsea were awarded another spot-kick after Diogo Dalot’s foul on Noni Madueke. It was confirmed after a nerve-jangling VAR check, and there was only one man for the job as Palmer scored in almost identical fashion to his first penalty (110).

And there was still time for another as Chelsea overwhelmed a Man Utd defence that had already lost Raphael Varane and Jonny Evans – Varane’s replacement – to injury. Palmer’s curling effort deflected off Scott McTominay, completing his hat-trick and sealing the Blues’ euphoric win.

The result sees Man Utd remain in sixth, nine points behind Tottenham in fifth. Chelsea moved up into the top half of the table in 10th place.

Chelsea started the game the better and inside 20 minutes, were 2-0 ahead. The first saw Malo Gusto’s cross take a deflection off Varane, before landing kindly to the unmarked Gallagher. It was then a fine strike from the Chelsea captain that flashed through the hands of Andre Onana.

The Blues were awarded a penalty after a clumsy challenge from Antony bought down Cucurella. It was Palmer who waited for Onana to commit before slotting into the right corner for his seventh penalty of the season.

But as we have seen far too many times this season, Chelsea let a lead slip easily through their grasp, and it was a horrible error from Caicedo that allowed Garnacho to level. His squared pass was easily collected by the Man Utd winger before a cool finish past Djorde Petrovic.

Five minutes later, and Man Utd were level. It was a superb ball in from Dalot off the right, with Fernandes waiting towards the back post – unmarked – to head home.

It was an end-to-end start to the second half as Chelsea and Man Utd continued to treat us to a spectacle. But it was the hosts who completed a stunning turnaround in the 67th minute.

United hit the Blues on a superb break, with Antony swinging in a sensational cross for the on-running Garnacho. Under pressure, the winger dinked his header over Petrovic before peeling away, leaving Axel Disasi to crash into the back of the net after the ball.

But there was more drama to come as Chelsea were awarded a penalty in the 98th minute. A sliding Dalot bought down Madueke, with VAR intervening after referee Jarred Gillet pointed to the spot. It was eventually given, and Palmer once again sent Onana the wrong way to secure what looked to be a point for the Blues.

But, with just a minute left to play, Chelsea threw everything at Man Utd and it paid off. The ever-dangerous Palmer picked up the ball on the left of the area before his curling effort pinged off McTominay, sending Stamford Bridge into raptures.

 

Source: Sky Sports

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