Manchester United made a trip to Stamford Bridge to clash with Thomas Tuchel led Chelsea. The game ended in a 0-0 stalemate again. When Chelsea travelled to Old Trafford earlier this season under Frank Lampard, the game ended with the same result.
Mason Greenwood led Manchester United’s line in the absence of Edinson Cavani. Daniel James retained his place on the right-wing with Marcus Rashford operating the opposite flank.
Olivier Giroud started as Chelsea’s number nine while Timo Werner has to settle for a place on the bench. Here are the five talking points of the game:
Another stalemate for two big teams
The game was not exactly dull but it lacked the spark which you expect in a typical Chelsea vs Manchester United game. For the second time in the row, we have seen both teams showing a lot of respect to each other.
It was a game where both the managers set up not to lose. Both the teams tried to win the game but their first preference was not to lose. Certainly not good enough for a good team which is challenging for the title and not good enough for a manager who had his first big real test.
Who is making handball rules?
In the first half, Hudson-Odoi handled the ball under the pressure of Mason Greenwood. The VAR asked the referee to visit the monitor and think if it’s a penalty or not. The referee, Stuart Attwell, decided against the penalty which was a surprising decision.
For me and many other viewers, it was a handball incident. Particularly this season, we have seen many not-so-handballs been given as penalties. Compared to them, this has to be a penalty in the modern game. Period.
Still no love for Manchester United against the PL ‘Big Six’
If Manchester United have failed to lead their charge towards the Premier League title, it is because of their abysmal record against the so-called ‘big six’ teams of the league. The tweet below shows that the Red Devils have none of their 7 games against the big six this season. To add salt to the wounds, they have scored a single goal, which came with the aid of Bruno Fernandes’ penalty.
Bruno Fernandes’ performance against Chelsea needs to be criticized. The Portugal international lost the ball 20 times. He created only one chance and had no shots on goal. Maybe that is why people regard that he is still below Eric Cantona. If Man United wants to mount a serious challenge, they have to find a way to win these games.
Time to congratulate Manchester City?
Manchester City sits at the apex of the table with 62 points in 26 games. They are 12 points ahead of second-placed Manchester United and are clearly running away with the Premier League trophy. No other team is putting any pressure on the Citizens.
When you think Manchester United are a title contender, they show a lack of ambition to win a game and instead go for a draw. With today’s point, Chelsea remains out of the top four at the fifth spot with 44 points.
THE 12TH MAN Opinion
The best part of Social Media is that they remember everything. You might remember that when Chelsea locked horns with Manchester United earlier this season, the referee failed to hand an obvious penalty to Chelsea. The same happened tonight. Tit for Tat? At least a few of the fans think so!
German international, Antonio Rudiger, is repaying the new manager’s faith. Frank Lampard hardly gave him a chance to play this season but Thomas Tuchel’s arrival has provided a lot of confidence to the defender. Not even him, his Danish international partner, Andreas Christensen, was also instrumental in today’s game. With Thiago Silva still injured it has to be said Christensen has shown that he is capable of playing in Chelsea’s first team.