- De Gea, Courtois make fine stops
- United hit woodwork twice
- Chelsea 3 points off relegation
Manchester United and Chelsea cancelled each other out at Old Trafford on Monday with an entertaining 0-0 draw doing little for either team but United were certainly the better side.
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United hit the woodwork twice in the first half and Ander Herrera was denied brilliantly by Thibaut Courtois in the second, while David De Gea stopped superbly from John Terry in the first half and Pedro in the second, plus Nemanja Matic wasted a glorious chance for Chelsea.
The point means United are now eight games without a win in all competitions, while Chelsea sit just above the relegation zone but are unbeaten in three PL games for the first time this season.
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The game exploded into life early on as Rooney set up Juan Mata and the former Chelsea midfielder drilled an effort against the crossbar and out.
Moments later Chelsea thought they had taken the lead when John Terry powered a header towards goal but David de Gea did brilliantly to tip the effort over the bar.
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The frantic pace continued throughout the opening 45 minutes with Morgan Schneiderlin going close and then Anthony Martial hitting the inside of the post as he drove into the box and beat Thibaut Courtois but the all hit the inside of the post and Chelsea survived.
It was all United for the remainder of the half as Chelsea’s back four struggled and Rooney drilled a powerful shot on goal from 35-yards out which Courtois palmed away.
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In the second half Chelsea came flying out of traps with Hazard dribbling into the box and setting up Pedro but his shot was saved superbly by De Gea and he then denied Cesar Azpilicueta from the follow-up.
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Courtois then made a stunning save from Ander Herrera as the Spaniard met Martial’s cross from the left and looked certain to score but Chelsea’s goalkeeper clawed the ball away to safety. Magnificent stop.
At the other end Herrera got caught in possession and Pedro raced clear before setting up Matic but the Serbian wasted a glorious chance as he blasted miles over the bar with only De Gea to beat.
The game then evened out for the final moments with Rooney shanking a volley over the bar from close range but that was as close as either team got to breaking the deadlock.