It would prove the final clear chance of note, although United sub Alejandro Garnacho headed tamely at Mendy in stoppage time, and a couple of promising Blues counter-attacks amounted to nothing, rather summing up our luck in the final third.
A short trip west of Old Trafford awaits the Blues on Sunday when we meet Frank Lampard’s Everton at Goodison Park. Kick-off is at 2pm.
Chelsea (3-4-1-2): Mendy; Azpilicueta (c), Thiago Silva, Rudiger, James, Kante (Loftus-Cheek 82), Jorginho, Alonso, Mount, Havertz (Lukaku 70), Werner (Pulisic 71).
Unused subs Kepa, Chalobah, Sarr, Saul, Kenedy, Ziyech.
Scorer Alonso 60
Booked Rudiger 87
Man United: De Gea; Dalot, Lindelof, Varane, Telles, Matic (Jones 79), McTominay, Rashford (Mata 79), Fernandes, Elanga (Garnacho 75), Ronaldo.
Unused subs Heaton, Henderson, Fernandez, Bailly, Hannibal Shoretire.
Scorer Ronaldo 62
Referee Mike Dean