Ian Wright insists Chelsea would have defeated Manchester United if one player had started

Ian Wright believes that Chelsea could have won if Romelu Lukaku had been on the pitch longer in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday.

The Blues had 24 shot attempts in the game, while the visitors had only three.

It is, therefore, quite a surprise that David de Gea only faced six shots on target, including Jorginho’s equaliser from the penalty spot.

Some Chelsea fans on social media were quick to point the finger at Timo Werner after the game. None of the Germany international’s six shots troubled De Gea (four blocked, two off target).

Thomas Tuchel eventually introduced Lukaku during the final 10 minutes of the game, but according to Wright, it was too late.

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“I did [want Lukaku to be on the pitch sooner],” the former England international told BBC MOTD.

“If he had started that game or played longer, he [would have] scored simply because of his movements and the fact that he [would have] taken those chances.

“Chelsea looked like the Chelsea of last season. They got to a certain level and they weren’t finishing.

“That’s what happened today, and they needed Lukaku.”

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To be fair, Lukaku might have not been fit enough to start or play longer after just returning from a one-month injury absence.

Although, Kai Havertz could have been a better option than Werner in that central forward position given how deep Manchester United defended.

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A Chelsea fan who loves football statistics. Studied sports journalism at the University of Sunderland.