The most hyped match of the season so far failed to produce any goals in it, as Manchester United and Chelsea scraped their way to a scoreless draw at Old Trafford on Monday night. The major headlines of the match failed to result in any sparks as well, with Mourinho staying in check for the most part and Wayne Rooney failing to score, although he tried his best to do so. The visitors had the better of the opening half though, edging United with 2 shots on goal to their one, with Oscar coming closest to opening the scoring on 10 minutes as his effort from just outside the box was caught by David De Gea despite the pace of it. Unfortunately, the second half was not much better than the first as both sides yet again struggled to create chances on goal. One of the rare chances in the half fell to Gary Cahill in the 59th as the English defender saw his slicing, low drive caught and held comfortably enough by De Gea. Rooney then began to take control of the match and had 2 chances of his own to open the scoring, but both were saved by Petr Cech as the Czech Republic keeper answered both of his calls on the night. A final block from both Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel sealed the match’s fate as it ended goalless and eventless in Manchester in a disappointing display from 2 of England’s premier (no pun intended) clubs. The most significant part of the match might even have come in Chelsea’s lineup selection, where Jose Mourinho chose to place Fernando Torres on the bench for the match’s first 60 minutes, surely a sign that the Spaniard is out of favor at Stamford Bridge and also a sign of things to come in the dying days of the transfer window (cough, cough, Rooney, cough, cough).
Next Matches: Manchester United at Liverpool Chelsea at Everton (9/14)Stat of Match: Shots Off Goal Manchester United: 7 Chelsea: 3