Manchester U 0 Chelsea 0

Ryan Giggs

Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Chel­sea 0, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Au­gust 26, 2013. De­fend­ing Pre­mier Lea­gue Cham­pi­ons Man­chester Uni­ted were held to a goal­less draw by bit­ter rivals Chel­sea at Old Traf­ford in their sec­ond tie of the sea­son. The fix­ture was Da­vid Moyes´s fir­st Pre­miership mat­ch in charge of Uni­ted at ho­me, and al­though he had put three for­wards out Chel­sea made it very hard to score and the ga­me ended in anti-climax.

The Blues had edged out Man­chester Uni­ted by 1–0 at Old Traf­ford in the pre­vi­ous meet­ing be­tween the two clubs and The Reds were no doubt af­ter re­venge. The Stam­ford Bridge si­de were well pre­pared for the highly an­ti­cip­ated en­counter and Jose Mou­rinho played a rather de­fens­ive line-up, leav­ing Ju­an Ma­ta, Ro­melu Lu­kaku, and Fer­nando Torres on the bench for the battle at The Theatre of Dreams. Man­chester Uni­ted were nev­er­the­less the strong­er te­am of the two in the fir­st ha­lf and Robin van Per­sie al­most put the red shirts in­to the lead in the twenty-fourth min­ute, but the stri­ker fired his fierce shot ag­ainst the si­de net­ting. Uni­ted con­tin­ued to press hard for an open­ing goal and en­joyed a num­ber of de­cent scor­ing op­por­tun­it­ies be­fore the sound of the ha­lf time-whistle. Chel­sea ma­naged to hold Man­chester Uni­ted at bay, how­ever, and Petr Cech and John Terry bo­th de­livered an out­stand­ing per­form­ance for their club. The Uni­ted play­ers screamed for a pen­alty twenty min­utes af­ter the re­sump­tion when Tom Clev­er­ley’s ef­fort hit Frank Lampard´s arm from clo­se ran­ge in­side the eight­een-yard area, on­ly for ref­er­ee Mar­tin Atkin­son to wave play on. Then, wi­th twelve min­utes re­maining of nor­mal time, Man­chester Uni­ted Play­er-Coach Ry­an Gig­gs re­placed Three Li­ons in­ter­na­tion­al Dan­ny Wel­beck, but the ex­per­i­enced cam­paign­er had too little time to make an im­pact on the res­ult. As for Chel­sea, Eden Haz­ard and com­pany sel­dom gave the Uni­ted de­fence any trouble dur­ing the clash and the away te­am seemed con­tent wi­th one point. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Phil Jones, Rio Fer­dinand, Va­lencia, Ne­manja Vid­ic, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Mi­chael Car­rick, Tom Clev­er­ley, Way­ne Roo­ney, Dan­ny Wel­beck, Robin van Per­sie. Sub­stitutes: Chris Small­ing, Al­ex­an­der Buttner, An­der­son, Ry­an Gig­gs, Shinji Ka­gawa, Ash­ley Young, An­ders Linde­gaard. Chel­sea Te­am: Petr Cech, Ga­ry Ca­hill, John Terry, Bran­islav Ivan­ovc, Ash­ley Cole, Eden Haz­ard, Frank Lam­pard, Oscar, Ramires, Kev­in De Bruyne, An­dre Schurrle. Sub­stitutes: Cesar Azpilicueta, John Obi Mikel, Ma­ta, Mi­chael Es­si­en, Ro­melu Lu­kaku, Fer­nando Torres, Ma­rk Schwarzer.


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