Rudiger: It is disappointing not to beat Manchester United

Antonio Rudiger has said he is disappointed that he and his Chelsea teammates were unable to beat Manchester United having taken a first-half lead against the struggling Red Devils.

Rudiger gave Chelsea the lead on 21 minutes after he escaped the attentions of Paul Pogba at a corner kick, to fire a bullet header into the back of David de Gea’s goal.

A second spirited comeback from Manchester United in their last two games saw Jose Mourinho’s side take a 2-1 lead thanks to a brace from Anthony Martial, only for Ross Barkley to salvage a point at the death with a 96th-minute strike from close range to spark an ugly touchline melee.

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Speaking after the game, Rudiger said he didn’t see what happened on the sidelines but did admit that he was disappointed not to take all three points.

“We had to bounce back at the end, you can be happy to take a point. I don’t know what happened at the end, I just saw it, like a fight,” Rudiger told Sky Sports.

“There were emotions, this is football, it continued on the pitch but it’s OK. At the end if you shake hands it is OK.

“My confidence has grown but our target was to win the game so it is disappointing. We showed great attitude at the end.

“The manager told me to help the team win the game and try and get a result. We conceded a goal that we should have stopped but we came back.”

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