Marcus Rashford left a Manchester United fan with head in hands as he prepared to take free-kick

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Manchester United missed a big opportunity in the battle for Champions League football on Sunday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were at home to Chelsea, knowing that anything other than a win would effectively end their push for a top-four spot.

United did make the perfect start as Juan Mata opened the scoring after just 11 minutes. 

The former Blues midfielder did very well to direct his finish through a sea of bodies after Luke Shaw provided the cut-back.

But, that's about as good as it got for the hosts. 

Maurizio Sarri's side did well to keep themselves in the game and were rewarded in the 43rd minute. 

Antonio Rudiger took a pot shot from 35-yards that was spilled by David de Gea and Marcos Alonso was on hand to finish the rebound from close range. 

Despite the first half excitement, it was a different game after the break and neither side could force another goal - with the draw certainly a fair result.


Both sides underwhelmed with their attacking play in the second half and their efforts were pretty well summed up by Marcus Rashford. 

The young striker stepped up to take a free-kick but ultimately ended up providing a disappointing effort - but there's nothing disappointing about the reaction of one United fan in the background.

If you look closely at the clip below, you'll see Rashford lining up the set-piece before Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic step away to leave him to it.

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As they walk off, one fan can be seen sinking her head into her hands, as she realises it's the 21-year-old who's taking the free-kick. 

Brilliant. And after Rashford failed to trouble Kepa Arrizabalaga in the Chelsea goal, that reaction was no doubt shared by everyone else inside Old Trafford. 

Still, if you don't shoot, you don't score. But expect to see the likes of Pogba and Matic making a stronger case to take any future free-kicks. 

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