Manchester United vs. Chelsea score: Martial, Maguire, VAR give Red Devils second win against Blues

The Red Devils have won at Stamford Bridge three times in 12 months

Manchester United's dominance over Chelsea this season in the Premier League continued Monday. After beating the Blues by four goals on the opening weekend of the season, the Red Devils went to Stamford Bridge and won 2-0 to inch closer to potential Champions League qualification. Chelsea, meanwhile, kept up its poor run of form. 

Video Assistant Referee called off two Chelsea goals -- one was the right call and the other was questionable -- and goals from Anthony Martial in the first half and Harry Maguire in the second half were enough to give the Red Devils an important victory and a ton of momentum. Maguire was lucky to escape a red card in the first half (more on that below). 

The winning goal was this header from Martial off a lovely ball from Aaron Wan-Bissaka just before the break:

That result moves United up to seventh place and potentially just two points behind a Champions League spot. The top four of the Premier League make the UCL, but with Manchester City's ban, fifth place is expected to qualify. Fifth-place Tottenham is only two points ahead of United, as things stand. 

For the Blues, they remain in fourth but have failed to win any of their last four Premier League matches.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

1. Team selection, VAR do Chelsea in 

It was not a good day for Chelsea for a variety of reasons. The Blues didn't use their best lineup. Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi all missed due to injury. Pedro and Michy Batshuayi started with Mason Mount and Kepa Arrizabalaga on the bench, and this lineup resembled a team set to play in a Carabao Cup game.

N'Golo Kante only played a handful of minutes before coming off injured, Andreas Christensen also left due to injury and the Blues put just one of their 17 shots on goal.

There was some decent creativity but the sharpness wasn't there. Kurt Zouma looked to have found the net in the second half, but Cesar Azpilicueta was caught pushing Brandon Williams on the review, which was the right call. Olivier Giroud headed home a cross from Mount with about 15 minutes to go, but he was called off after review with his foot being just a few inches in front of Maguire. Harsh.

In the end, regardless of VAR, Chelsea was not sharp enough and could have lost by more.

2. Maguire should have been sent off

Maguire put this game away in the second half with a signature header off of a corner kick, but he shouldn't have even been on the field.

In the first half, he kicked Batshuayi below the belt after a play spilled out of bounds. As Kyle Martino of NBC Sports points out, you cannot fail to give Maguire a red card here when Heung-min Son got a red card recently against Chelsea for basically the exact same move.

VAR didn't have its best day at all. Maguire was allowed to stay on the pitch after the incident was reviewed. He did this to end it in the 66th minute:

United was better, but United was also fortunate.

3.United deserves credit for getting back into UCL battle

Massive credit for United to get this one done on the road. The club hasn't had a good record at Stamford Bridge, but, iIn the past year, United has won there three times. For the Red Devils' three previous wins there, you have to go way back to 2002. The win also gave United its first two-win league campaign vs. Chelsea since the 1987-88 season.

Now, this wasn't a fully convincing performance, but there was progress. Bruno Fernandes looked sharp, especially on set pieces, and Wan-Bissaka continues to impress. If this team can incorporate Marcus Rashford back soon and get him gelling with Fernandes, there is no reason why they can't push the top four.

Chelsea 0, Manchester United 2 (Final)

⚽ Man. United - Anthony Martial (45')
⚽ Man. United - Harry Maguire (66')

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Full time. Man. United 2, Chelsea 0.

Two goals called off for Chelsea via VAR. One harsh, one not.

Not long to go now. United holding on and taking all three points.

United is +3 against the rest of the Premier League but +6 on Chelsea this season. Wild.

So Giroud's foot was a little in front of Maguire. Harsh call.

His foot is ahead of Maguire. Boy, this VAR ...

Uh oh...

VAR?!!

Goal Giroud! Blues back in it! A fine header at the front post off a great ball from Mount!

GOAL UNITED!!! Harry Maguire! He heads home from a corner kick to be Caballero! 2-0! United rolling!

Bruno Fernandes off the post on a free kick! He goes near post and beats Caballero, but it kisses off the post after an impressive curling effort.

An hour gone. Time running out for Chelsea. Giroud to come on?

55' Almost! The Blues come close to scoring twice. First, Pedro's shot in front of goal is blocked at the last moment for a corner. Then Chelsea scores on the corner, but a foul is called. Azpilicueta pushed Williams clearly.

Second half is underway!

Fantastic from the defender as he shows his skill to get space and send in a great ball. Ninth league goal for Martial.

45' GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL UNITED! A great ball from Wan-Bisakka, as Anthony Martial heads home with precision! A lovely goal!

Two good runs there for United. Martial from midfield finds his way into the box but fires wide. Then it is Shaw down the left, but his ball goes WAY wide.

Bailly with a well-timed tackle on Azpilicueta just before a sure shot on goal. Moments later, Willian dives for a penalty but is shown a yellow card for simulation.

Half an hour gone here. Lots of space down the left for the Blues. Good movement with the ball in the middle but the Red Devils are standing firm.

20 minutes gone. Better possession for United and some attacking intent. No great chances yet.

Scratch that -- it's Mason Mount.

Ross Barkley is coming on for Kante.

Kante is injured. It looks like he'll be coming off.

9' Another close chance for the Blues! A nice run by Kovacic sees the ball end up at the feet of Willian on the right. The Brazilian cut towards the top of the box and curled a beauty to the far post, but it was just wide.

6' Almost the opener! Some fine play from the Blues as Reece James comes close to scoring. He strikes a beautiful shot across his body that goes just wide of the post.

UNDERWAY!!!

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