Man United (Source: Mirror)

Man United 0-0 Chelsea | Match report

Man United’s winless streak continues after a goalless draw at Old Trafford with current Premier League champions, Chelsea.

The match started brightly with both teams getting forward and creating goal scoring opportunities, but it was Man United who went on to dominate in the first half putting pressure on the visitors.

It was Man United who had the first chance to take the lead in only the 3rd minute when Juan Mata got on the end of a Wayne Rooney pass, but the Spaniard could only rattle the bar with his left footed shot.

Two minutes later, former England captain John Terry almost put the visitors ahead with a powerful header, but David de Gea reacted quickly to save.

In the 16th minute, Man United had another chance to go ahead, but the woodwork came to Chelsea’s rescue again preventing Anthony Martial’s shot after he cut in past Ivanovic.

Another chance came for the reds in the 29th minute when Wayne Rooney unleashed a venomous shot at Chelsea’s goal from long range, but Courtois got across and palmed it to safety.

Man United's Anthony Martial strikes the post early on (Source: The Guardian)
Man United’s Anthony Martial strikes the post early on (Source: The Guardian)

The second half, although not as entertaining as the first, did provide some goal scoring chances.

Chelsea attacked first in the 48th minute with two chances falling to Pedro and Azpilicueta respectively, but both were denied by a double save from Man United keeper David de Gea. Pedro made easy work of weaving past the United defence giving himself room to shoot only for de Gea to save. The loose ball fell to Azpilicueta who shot first time, but the United keeper was alert to the situation and saved again.

In the 56th minute Man United had a chance to take the lead through Ander Herrera. Anthony Martial crossed the ball across the six yard box but Herrera’s shot was blocked by Courtois and the ball span just wide of the post.

Then it was Chelsea’s turn again. Six minutes after Herrera’s near miss, the visitors looked like they were going to take the lead when on a counter attack Nemanja Matic found himself one-on-one with David de Gea but he took his shot too early sending the ball into the stands.

The game progressed into the latter stages with Man United searching for a winner and Chelsea seeming to be settling for a draw and in the 86th minute United were presented with a great chance to steal a possible winner. The chance fell to Wayne Rooney. The ball was played across the face of goal to the far post where Rooney was positioned, but the Man United and England captain volleyed over from close range.

David de Gea saves a shot from Pedro (Source: Mirror)
David de Gea saves a shot from Pedro (Source: Mirror)

The draw means Man United remain 6th in the Premier League; 5 points behind 4th placed Man city, who have a game in hand. More worryingly, United are only 3 points clear of old rivals Liverpool, who currently occupy 10th place.

Man United remain 6th in the Premier League after draw with Chelsea (Source: BBC Football)
Man United remain 6th in the Premier League after draw with Chelsea (Source: BBC Football)

What did you think about the game? Are you happy with the teams performance? Do you feel the team deserved a victory? We would love to know your thoughts. Please, feel free to leave a comment below.

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Man United Team Sheet

01 de Gea
18 Young
12 Smalling
17 Blind (Jones – 81′)
36 Darmian (Borthwick-Jackson – 70′)
28 Schneiderlin
31 Schweinsteiger
08 Mata (Depay – 77′)
21 Herrera
09 Martial
10 Rooney

Substitutes

04 Jones
07 Depay
16 Carrick
20 Romero
27 Fellaini
43 Borthwick-Jackson
44 Pereira

Chelsea Team Sheet

13 Courtois
02 Ivanovic
05 Zouma
26 Terry
28 Azpilicueta
12 Mikel
21 Matic
22 Willian (Ramires – 70′)
08 Oscar (Loftus-Cheek – 93′)
17 Pedro
10 Hazard

Substitutes

01 Begovic
06 Baba
07 Ramires
14 Traore
15 Djilobodji
16 Kenedy
36 Loftus-Cheek

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