Man Utd still winless at Old Trafford after bore draw with Chelsea

Date published: Saturday 24th October 2020 7:25

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Manchester United are still yet to pick up three points at Old Trafford this season after playing out an uninspiring 0-0 draw with Chelsea. 

It is the first time since 1972 that United have failed to win any of their first three home league games having already lost to Crystal Palace and Tottenham.

It was a game that provided little to talk about with neither side able to assert their dominance in miserable, wet conditions.

Chelsea looked the more comfortable side for large parts of the first half, but were unable to create any clear cut chances. Reece James and Christian Pulisic both had efforts at David de Gea’s goal but did little to trouble the Spaniard.

It was in fact United who went closest to taking the lead as they ended ended the half strongly.

First, Marcus Rashford was put in on goal following a Jorginho mistake, but Edouard Mendy saved well with his foot. That came just moments after the Blues’ goalkeeper almost kicked the ball into his own net while attempting to pass to Thiago Silva.

Then Juan Mata’s shot from outside the area tested Mendy again, but the Frenchman reacted well push the ball away and ensure the game remained goalless at the break.

There was still little energy in the game in the first 15 minutes after the break, convincing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to bring on both Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani as he looked to give his side a boost.

And it almost worked immediately, with Cavani coming within inches of scoring with his first touch in a red shirt only for his attempted flick finish to ripple the side netting.

Pogba also had a chance with just over ten minutes remaining after being found in space on the edge of the box, but his strike was tame and easily blocked by Silva.

Rashford, who was one of few players who looked lively, almost nicked it at the death with a curling effort that looked destined for the top right corner, but Mendy pulled off a fine diving save.

The point does take Chelsea up to sixth, but the Red Devils remain in the bottom half of the table with just seven points from five games.

 

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