Manchester United’s win-less streak continued today, but although the Red Devils this time managed to avoid a defeat, they could only draw 0-0 with Chelsea at Old Trafford. The quality of the game was not exceptional despite United keeping the possession, but both goalkeepers were really on top as each one made some crucial saves, and when Chelsea’s keeper was beaten, his woodwork came to the rescue to ensure both sides shared the spoils.
Mata launched the hostilities early on in the game for United, as Rooney found him just inside the box, but his volley came crashing off the crossbar of Courtois. Chelsea responded almost immediately, and this time De Gea palmed over Terry’s header to keep the Blues at bay. The lively start from United saw Martial hit the woodwork again, as he dribbled his way in the box before unleashing a shot, which unfortunately struck the base of Courtois’ post and rolled away harmlessly in front of goal. Courtois was then called into action on the 28th minute as he pulled off a brilliant save from Rooney’s 25-yard drive. Both teams went into half-time at 0-0, but it was De Gea’s turn to show his reflexes minutes into the second half.
He reacted quickly to keep off Pedro’s effort, then palmed away Azpilicueta’s attempt on the rebound to keep United afloat. The goalkeeper-show was not over yet, as Herrera came very close to break the deadlock at the other end, but Courtois managed to block the former’s attempt and claw the ball away from the line. Chelsea then wasted a brilliant chance through Matic, as the latter fired well over the bar when he was in a one-on-one situation with De Gea. United tried to press on in the final minutes, but Rooney wasted a chance of his own at the other end after Borthwick-Jackson had delivered a wonderful cross in the box. In the end both teams had to content themselves with the draw, with United somewhat unlucky to win, but lucky enough not to concede as well and avoid a fifth consecutive defeat.