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August 27, 2013 12:30 AM IST
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 75032‎
 
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Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea: Bore draw as Moyes makes Old Trafford bow

Wayne Rooney featured despite the Blues' public interest in his services yet neither team could make a decisive breakthrough in a match of few chances on Monday night

By Peter Hanson

EPL - Manchester United and Chelsea, Oscar and Michael Carrick
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Manchester United and Chelsea played out a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford on Monday in a game that failed to live up to its pre-match billing.

The fixture marked the first time that David Moyes locked horns with Jose Mourinho as United manager but neither manager could gain the psychological upper hand, although the point puts the Blues clear at the top of the Premier League.

MATCH VIEW
By Wayne Veysey at Old Trafford

"Chelsea return to London with a point on a night that was an inauspacious Old Trafford debut in the home dugout for David Moyes.

"The build-up to the match had been dominated by talk about Wayne Rooney's future and the striker, starting his first match of the season, was the best player on view. Amusingly, and perhaps uniquely, Rooney's name was chanted by both sets of supporters throughout the match.

"Chelsea lacked adventure in their team selection, playing without a recognised striker for the opening hour, and were equally cautious on the pitch. It is clear where Jose Mourinho feels that he needs to strengthen."
Oscar tried to prise open a tight United defence in a lacklustre first half but twice wasted good opportunities with weak efforts straight at David de Gea. Robin van Persie had United's best effort when he hit the side netting from inside the area.

The second half followed a similar pattern and England international Danny Welbeck will rue his wastefulness after digging an effort wide after good work from Wayne Rooney. United also had claims for a penalty when a Tom Cleverley shot struck Frank Lampard's hand in the box.

Moyes named Rooney in his starting XI for the first time, with the striker the subject of two rejected bids during the close-season from Monday night's opposition. Ryan Giggs dropped to the bench to allow for his inclusion.

Chelsea started the game with a surprise as Andre Schurrle led the line. Kevin De Bruyne was also given the nod as Juan Mata and Demba Ba were omitted from the side that started against Aston Villa on Wednesday.

Both sides struggled to create openings in a tepid opening 45 minutes. It was the away side who had the first chance in the 10th minute when a low De Bruyne cross rebounded to Oscar who hit a tame effort straight at De Gea.

Chelsea had managed to quash the threat Van Persie for the opening 20 minutes but the Dutchman had United's first meaningful effort. Michael Carrick dispossessed Ramires in midfield and the former Arsenal man picked up the loose ball on the edge of the box but he went too wide before firing his effort against the side netting.

Rooney then had his first effort on goal. He showed a neat piece of skill to feint inside Gary Cahill but his shot from 20 yards was weak and rolled harmlessly to Petr Cech.

United were beginning to enjoy more of the ball and, in the 38th minute, Phil Jones's low cross was only half-cleared by John Terry and Cleverley hit a first-time shot from 20 yards that cleared the crossbar.

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The half ended with a weak shot from Oscar after a series of neat passes in the Chelsea midfield - the Brazilian will feel that he could have done more to trouble De Gea.

After a slow start to the second half, United should have taken the lead after 56 minutes. Rooney showed good control just outside the area before slipping a neat through-ball to Welbeck but the striker fluffed his lines as he chipped his effort over from 10 yards.

Cahill was unlucky with a 30-yard drive that De Gea got down well to save, before United had claims for a penalty.

Cleverley's half-volley hit Lampard's hand in the area but referee Martin Atkinson deemed that the midfielder had not deliberately made contact with the shot.

Rooney almost had the last say late on when he tested Cech with a strong 25-yard effort. The shot may have been going wide but the Chelsea man took no chances.

With two minutes remaining, United had another penalty shout when John Obi Mikel turned into Van Persie's volley but the decision would have been harsh on the Nigerian who knew had no time to dodge the shot.


Manchester United

1
David de Gea
Goalkeeper
3.00
3
Patrice Evra
Defender
3.50
4
Phil Jones
Defender
3.00
5
Rio Ferdinand
Defender
3.50
15
Nemanja Vidic
Defender
3.50
16
Michael Carrick
Midfielder
3.50
23
Tom Cleverley
Midfielder
2.50
25
Antonio Valencia
Midfielder
66′
2.00
10
Wayne Rooney
Striker
4.00
19
Danny Welbeck
Striker
78′
3.00
20
3.50

Chelsea FC

3.50
1
Petr Cech
Goalkeeper
3.50
2
3.50
3
Ashley Cole
Defender
3.00
24
Gary Cahill
Defender
3.50
26
John Terry
Defender
3.00
7
Ramires
Midfielder
3.00
8
Frank Lampard
Midfielder
3.00
11
Oscar
Midfielder
2.00
14
2.50
17
Eden Hazard
Midfielder
93′
2.50
14

Substitutes

13
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12
 - 
28
 - 
8
Anderson
Midfielder
 - 
11
Ryan Giggs
Midfielder
78′
2.00
18
Ashley Young
Midfielder
66′
3.00
26
Shinji Kagawa
Midfielder
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
23
Mark Schwarzer
Goalkeeper
2.00
28
 - 
-
Michael Essien
Midfielder
2.00
12
John Obi Mikel
Midfielder
87′
3.00
9
 - 
8
Juan Mata
Midfielder
 - 
17

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Results
 
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Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
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30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
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20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0