Manchester United and Chelsea played out a drab 0-0 draw at a rainy Old Trafford on Saturday, as the Reds failed to win for a third time in five league matches this season.
United went into the game on the back of successive wins away to Newcastle and Paris Saint-Germain, having scored six goals across those two games, but neither side ever really got going despite the attacking talent on show. United’s line-up boasted Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes, while Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner all started for the visitors.
Rashford went close in the first half but saw his drilled low effort saved by Chelsea new boy Edouard Mendy.
Edinson Cavani came on for his debut after the break and found the side-netting with a near-post flick from a cross, but the deadlock could not be broken by either side and the scores were level at the final whistle.
Shaw speaks about Lampard tactics
Manchester United defender Luke Shaw claimed Chelsea boss Frank Lampard set his side up to avoid defeat rather than win after the two sides played out a drab goalless draw at Old Trafford.
The United full-back expressed his frustration after the Old Trafford stalemate, in which the home side dominated but were stopped by Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy. Marcus Rashford was denied on multiple occasions, as United failed to win at home for the fifth game in succession.
Shaw told MUTV after the game that it was a disappointing feeling to drop points.
“Two points dropped really. I feel like we created the better chances, their keeper made wonderful saves at times. I feel also we defended much better than we have, especially against a good team like Chelsea, who have high quality players all around the pitch.
“I feel like they didn’t create much and we did well in that aspect, but higher up the pitch we should have took a goal or two, and taken the points.
“It felt like neither team wanted to lose, that’s what people were saying and you could feel that with how they turned up with their formation. But we always want to win every game. We’ll take one point rather than zero but we’re disappointed that we didn’t take three.
“Their keeper kept them in the game and we need to keep pushing. We need to get our focus back and there’s a massive game on Wednesday that we need to win.”
De Gea’s reaction
De Gea spoke to MUTV after the Chelsea game and said he believes United’s hard work on their defending is now yielding results.
“For us it’s very important to start to keep clean sheets, especially here at home. We defended really well, didn’t concede many changes and for me we created enough chances to win the game.
“But it was a tight game against a good team, of course, but I think we deserved a bit more.
“I think we had two or three big chances with Rashy that their keeper saves. We deserved a bit more. [Late on] was the best time to score, but that’s us, trying until the end to score until the last second of the game.”
Chelsea: We could have done more
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has been speaking to Sky Sports after the game:
“I have the feeling we could have done more. We found spaces but we didn’t create the last pass or pick the right pass or make the right decisions. We defended solid and they have at the end one save by Edouard [Mendy] and in the first half one mistake by us, but we could do more.
“For moments we had spells. In the first half we controlled better but in the second half sometimes we rushed it and didn’t move the ball good enough. We lost possession too easily which meant we lost some control but we showed solidity and it was a great effort from everybody. Obviously we want more.”
Manchester United get the formation right but key selections wrong vs unambitious Chelsea, writes Samuel Luckhurst.
Chelsea set up negatively
Lampard got what his approach deserved.
Ironic that Chelsea, after spending £200m, came here to play for a draw against a porous United defence. Lampard cautious after conceding three again last week but other managers would get more of a barracking for playing like that. Dire game. #MUNCHE #mufc
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) October 24, 2020