A late goal from midfielder Ross Barkley rescued Chelsea from falling to a defeat to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United at Stamford Bridge and helped preserve their unbeaten start to the season.

The Blues were 2-1 down to United when Barkley scored a dramatic equaliser in the sixth minute of second half stoppage time.

A hard fought first half produced little quality in-front of goal, although Chelsea scored from the only meaningful shot on target of the opening 45 minutes. Defender Antonio Rudiger popped up in the box to head The Blues ahead in the 21st minute and that’s how it remained going into the break.

There was more zip about Chelsea’s attacking play in the second period and Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard both tested visiting keeper David de Gea in the first five minutes of the half.

Despite offering little going forward in the first half, United were growing into the match and Juan Mata forced a save from Blues keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga before Mourinho’s men levelled matters when Anthony Martial rifled in from close range.

N’Golo Kante tried his luck from range as Chelsea tried to edge back in-front before disaster stuck for the South West Londoners when Martial produced another clinical finish to make it 2-1.

Chelsea had to wait until deep in second half stoppage time to get their reward and rescue a deserved share of the spoils. Midfielder Barkley scrambled in a 96th-minute leveller after David Luiz had headed an effort onto the post moments earlier.

The equaliser sparked a touchline tantrum from former Blues boss Mourinho who was unhappy with the Chelsea celebrations but in truth, a United win would have been harsh on the home side.

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