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Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea: Hosts still searching for first home win this season

By Simon StoneBBC Sport at Old Trafford
Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Cesar Azpilicueta, Scott McTominay, Manchester United, Chelsea
Man Utd captain Harry Maguire escaped punishment for this first-half challenge on Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was adamant his team should have been awarded a penalty for a first-half foul on Cesar Azpilicueta in Saturday's goalless draw at Manchester United.

Blues captain Azpilicueta was hauled to the ground by United skipper Harry Maguire, whose left arm was wrapped tightly around the Spaniard's neck.

The incident was reviewed by VAR, but Maguire and United escaped punishment.

"I thought it was a clear penalty," Lampard said. "Holding goes on, but headlocks don't.

"Obviously I didn't see it at the time from where I'm standing. They are hard calls for referees on the pitch, but the VAR was very quick to dismiss it in my opinion.

"I think they should have taken time and advised the referee to watch the monitor. If the referee goes to the monitor, he gives a penalty."

United, who remain stuck in the bottom half of the table, were at least able to avoid losing a third straight home league game at the start of the season for the first time since 1930.

In addition, they can also point to three good saves from Edouard Mendy, two to deny Marcus Rashford, including one in the final minute, and one where Bruno Fernandes was thwarted.

Chelsea's biggest scare was Mendy passing the ball across his goal and out for a corner in the first half when trying to pass to Thiago Silva.

Neither Edinson Cavani, on his debut, nor Paul Pogba could change things in the home side's favour after they were introduced as substitutes. Mason Greenwood was given the final eight minutes to make an impression - but did not.

Chelsea gain in defence, lose in attack

Man Utd 0-0 Chelsea: Lampard disappointed by VAR inaction on Maguire 'headlock'

After conceding three times in two of their previous three league games, today's clean sheet, after denying Sevilla in similar fashion on Wednesday, does provide Chelsea with the kind of platform they have been lacking so far this season.

The return of Thiago Silva to anchor a three-man defence provided solidity. Yet it also seemed to cost Chelsea their edge in attack.

Too often Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic were left trying to take United's defence on alone and rarely did the visitors mount concerted pressure around the United box, even though they dominated possession for long periods.

England defender Reece James looked their most inventive attacking threat with his forceful bursts down the right flank. However, his final ball was poor and United keeper David de Gea did not have to make a meaningful save.

Sixth place may look presentable for Lampard's men at the moment but they could slide down the league over the weekend and evidently, a large summer outlay is yet to pay dividends.

Rashford repelled by Mendy

It has been another amazing week for Marcus Rashford.

After getting the Government to overturn its own policy on providing free school meals to children forced to stay home during the spring lockdown, the England striker responded to a lacklustre response to his request for half-term meals by summoning support from everywhere apart from Downing Street.

Even Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp publicly backed Rashford, which considering the antipathy between their respective clubs is some going.

What Rashford does on the pitch is also important and this was a frustrating experience.

He was caught up in the general non-event of the first 25 minutes. On one United counter, he was screaming for a pass over the top from Juan Mata that he could chase beyond the Chelsea defence. Instead, the ball went sideways to Luke Shaw and was lost.

Mata did send Rashford through after Fernandes won possession inside the visitors' half but Mendy denied him with a feet-first stop. By half-time, Rashford still looked in discomfort after he had gone down in pain after a tangle of legs with N'Golo Kante.

He recovered and after being moved to the left following the introduction of Cavani, remained a threat, with Azpilicueta blocking his low shot before Mendy kept out his final effort.

It was largely an evening of frustration, summed up as he smashed the ball away in irritation as the final whistle sounded.

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  • Manchester United have failed to win any of their first three home games to a league campaign for the first time since the 1972-73 season.
  • Chelsea have kept their first Premier League clean sheet outside of London since a goalless draw at Leicester on the final day of the 2018-19 season under Maurizio Sarri.
  • Manchester United are without a home league win in five games (D3 L2), their longest run without victory at Old Trafford since February 1990 (6 games).
  • Edouard Mendy became the first Chelsea goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in both of his first two Premier League games for the club since Petr Cech in August 2004.
  • Mendy became the first Chelsea goalkeeper to keep a Premier League clean sheet at Old Trafford since Thibaut Courtois in December 2015, while he was the first to do so in his first such game at the ground for the Blues since Kevin Hitchcock in December 1994.
  • Despite playing just half of Chelsea's six Premier League games this season, Ben Chilwell has created more chances than any other player for the Blues in the league this season (9).
  • At 33 years and 253 days, Edinson Cavani became Manchester United's oldest Premier League debutant since Zlatan Ibrahimovic in August 2016 (34y 316d).

'It's about kicking on after a poor start' - what they said

Man Utd 0-0 Chelsea: Solskjaer believes fans at Old Trafford would have made a difference

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on BBC Match of the Day: "It was an even game. After a slow start, we grew into the game and played some decent stuff.

"We missed the crowd behind the goal there to suck the ball into the goal, which happens so many times at this place.

"There were good players at the other end of the pitch. Their keeper made some fantastic saves.

"The quality in the defending was very good. I've said all the time we have a squad full of good players and good characters but now it's about kicking on after a poor start."

On debutant Edinson Cavani: "He gives us something different to what we have. We now have a centre-forward who is different to the ones we already had."

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard on BBC Match of the Day: "It's a tight start to the season and I think this is just a continuation of that. It was in the final third where we lacked today but the clean sheet was a big plus for us.

"Sometimes we want to be flexible. We looked at Manchester United and we had games last season where we were the better team but lost to them on the counter-attack."

On whether Cesar Azpilicueta should have been awarded a penalty: "Yeah, holding is allowed, but headlocks don't go on. I don't know why VAR didn't take long and there's also a monitor to look at. I think if the referee goes to the monitor he gives a penalty."

What's next?

Manchester United are next in action on Wednesday, 28 October, when they entertain RB Leipzig in the Champions League (20:00 GMT) and then host Arsenal in the Premier League on 1 November (16:30).

Chelsea travel to Russia to play FK Krasnodar in the Champions League on Wednesday (17:55). They visit Burnley in the Premier League on 31 October (15:00).

Player of the match

MendyEdouard Mendy

with an average of 7.37

Manchester United

  1. Squad number10Player nameRashford
    Average rating

    5.69

  2. Squad number2Player nameLindelöf
    Average rating

    5.36

  3. Squad number18Player nameBruno Fernandes
    Average rating

    5.31

  4. Squad number29Player nameWan-Bissaka
    Average rating

    5.26

  5. Squad number8Player nameMata
    Average rating

    5.18

  6. Squad number1Player namede Gea
    Average rating

    5.12

  7. Squad number7Player nameCavani
    Average rating

    5.06

  8. Squad number39Player nameMcTominay
    Average rating

    4.94

  9. Squad number17Player nameFred
    Average rating

    4.67

  10. Squad number23Player nameShaw
    Average rating

    4.55

  11. Squad number6Player namePogba
    Average rating

    4.34

  12. Squad number5Player nameMaguire
    Average rating

    4.30

  13. Squad number11Player nameGreenwood
    Average rating

    4.29

  14. Squad number21Player nameJames
    Average rating

    4.08

Chelsea

  1. Squad number16Player nameMendy
    Average rating

    7.37

  2. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva
    Average rating

    6.49

  3. Squad number24Player nameJames
    Average rating

    6.21

  4. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta
    Average rating

    5.92

  5. Squad number21Player nameChilwell
    Average rating

    5.73

  6. Squad number15Player nameZouma
    Average rating

    5.69

  7. Squad number7Player nameKanté
    Average rating

    5.65

  8. Squad number5Player nameJorginho
    Average rating

    5.44

  9. Squad number10Player namePulisic
    Average rating

    5.40

  10. Squad number29Player nameHavertz
    Average rating

    5.12

  11. Squad number11Player nameWerner
    Average rating

    5.10

  12. Squad number22Player nameZiyech
    Average rating

    5.07

  13. Squad number9Player nameAbraham
    Average rating

    5.02

  14. Squad number19Player nameMount
    Average rating

    4.69

Line-ups

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 5Maguire
  • 23ShawBooked at 39mins
  • 39McTominaySubstituted forGreenwoodat 83'minutes
  • 17FredBooked at 46mins
  • 8MataSubstituted forPogbaat 58'minutes
  • 18Bruno Fernandes
  • 21JamesSubstituted forCavaniat 58'minutes
  • 10RashfordBooked at 76mins

Substitutes

  • 6Pogba
  • 7Cavani
  • 11Greenwood
  • 26Henderson
  • 31Matic
  • 34van de Beek
  • 38Tuanzebe

Chelsea

  • 16Mendy
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 15Zouma
  • 24James
  • 5Jorginho
  • 7Kanté
  • 21Chilwell
  • 29HavertzBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMountat 72'minutes
  • 10PulisicSubstituted forZiyechat 81'minutes
  • 11WernerSubstituted forAbrahamat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Rüdiger
  • 9Abraham
  • 13Caballero
  • 17Kovacic
  • 18Giroud
  • 19Mount
  • 22Ziyech
Referee:
Martin Atkinson

Match Stats

Home TeamMan UtdAway TeamChelsea
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home14
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester United 0, Chelsea 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester United 0, Chelsea 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Edouard Mendy.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Edinson Cavani (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mason Greenwood with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jorginho (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Fred.

  9. Post update

    Mason Mount (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Mason Greenwood (Manchester United).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Luke Shaw.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester United. Mason Greenwood replaces Scott McTominay.

  13. Post update

    Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Hakim Ziyech replaces Christian Pulisic.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Victor Lindelöf.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Thiago Silva.

  18. Post update

    Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Scott McTominay (Manchester United).

  20. Booking

    Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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