Match Report: Man Utd vs Chelsea

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TKTG brings together all the best articles on the 0-0 draw between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford.

 

Match Report:  BBC Sport

The much-anticipated meeting between Manchester United and Chelsea ended in anti-climax as Old Trafford witnessed its first goalless draw in the Premier League since May 2009.

David Moyes was taking charge of his first competitive home game since succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager,while Jose Mourinho had his sights sets on a third successive league win since returning to Chelsea.

In the end, despite an outstanding performance for United by the recalled Wayne Rooney, both Moyes and Mourinho had to settle for a point in the first blank scoreline here in 77 Premier League games, since United clinched the title against Arsenal in 2009.

Rooney was the game’s most dangerous player and was vociferously backed by United’s supporters throughout – as well as receiving vocal support from the travelling Chelsea fans who still hold out hope he can be lured to Stamford Bridge despite Moyes’ insistence he would not be sold.

Read the article by BBC Sports’ Phil McNulty

 

ESPNFC

 

Manchester United and Chelsea ground out a goalless draw at Old Trafford that exposed both side’s shortcomings a week before the transfer window closes.

Although United had the better of David Moyes’ first home Premier League game in charge, they lacked the authority to exert the kind of sustained pressure which might have shaken John Terry out of his defensive superiority.

Last season’s Golden Boot winner Robin van Persie barely had a chance of note, his best opportunity coming three minutes from time when his goalbound volley deflected to safety off Gary Cahill and John Obi Mikel.

Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to sign Wayne Rooney at some point in the next seven days.

Playing in a deeper role than Mourinho would use him for Chelsea, the England forward did well on his first start since April, and tested Petr Cech with one late strike.

If anyone looked likely to break the deadlock it was Rooney, who was cheered by both sets of supporters.

It did not happen though as both sides were forced to settle for a point which, under the circumstances, neither will be too unhappy with.

When United last played a Premier League game at Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson told the club’s supporters they had a duty to get behind his replacement.

They heeded that clarion call, chanting Moyes’ name at regular intervals and baiting Mourinho for “wanting his job”.

It was part of an amusing exchange of crowd banter, that included Wayne Rooney being cheered by both sets of supporters, Chelsea’s adding a cheeky: “We’ll see you next week” after a run at Gary Cahill.

Chelsea have already had two bids for the 27-year-old turned down, with a third expected later this week.

The reason why was obvious from Mourinho’s team selection.

Evidently he does not believe Fernando Torres is good enough, preferring instead the ‘false nine’ concept he came up against when he faced Barcelona during his time at Real Madrid.

Amazingly, this did not include Juan Mata, who most United fans would happily exchange for Rooney, who made his first start since April.

As it turned out, the banter was better than the first half action.

Read the ESPNFC article 

 

 

Match Analysis – ESPNFC

 

Some quick-fire thoughts from Man United’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea… 

PLENTY OF SMOKE, NO FIRE 
It’s never a good sign when the most exciting moment came midway through the first as Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho was caught on the sideline, anxious and concerned that he couldn’t find his pen. The frantic patting of pockets and checking of possible hiding places offered a lively counterpoint to the tense but borderline unwatchable action that played out at Old Trafford. 

Should we be surprised? Perhaps not. As is so often the case when games between big clubs on Sundays (that are Super) or Mondays (that are… magical?) happen, the sheer fact of there being so much at stake translated into having too much to lose. The thought of early momentum being stalled at the hands of a presumptive title rival pushed Chelsea into a curious shell. Meanwhile, Man United’s cruel affliction of being unable to play the definitive pass in the attacking third proved equally neutralizing. 

Andre Schurrle hit the crossbar, albeit moments after being flagged for offside. Petr Cech was challenged twice, first by a deep left-wing cross that forced him into a leaping catch and then with 13 minutes left as Wayne Rooney’s rasping, long-range drive was met with a save around the post. Of the 20 combined shots on goal, just seven went where they were meant to. 

Some cries for handball (Frank Lampard was arguably luckiest with his) and a couple of meek penalty shouts (Ashley Cole’s 71st minute delayed fall was the most egregious) will fuel the postgame fires for both David Moyes and Mourinho as the battle for “we deserved to win” becomes more fierce than the 90 minutes of actual game time. 

Though both sides huffed and puffed, no houses were blown down. Little ventured, nothing gained. 

Read the article by ESPNFC’s James Tyler

 

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