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Manchester United - Chelsea
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FT: Man United 0-0 Chelsea. The hosts had the better of the openings, but for long spells this contest was far too cagey and a goalless draw is probably the right result. VAR will make more headlines while United fans will look forward to seeing more of Cavani.
Four minutes have been added.
Rashford reacts to a loose ball on the edge of the box and fires in a first-time curling shot that Mendy does well to push to safety.
United still pressing. Thiago Silva et al desperately looking to keep them at bay.
Still time for a winner. James twists and turns down the right, but his cross loops off a defender and is plucked out of the sky by De Gea.
Jorginho winds up from the edge of the box, but balloons it over the bar.
Fred miscues an awkward clearance over his own bar after James had hooked a deep cross from the left back into the middle.
Chelsea win a corner down the right. Abraham urges his teammates forward. He wants to nick a winner - but delivery doesn't get past the near post.
- OffScott McTominayManchester United
- OnMason GreenwoodManchester United
UNITED CHANGE: Greenwood on, McTominay off.
United are readying Greenwood.
- OffChristian PulisicChelsea
- OnHakim ZiyechChelsea
CHELSEA CHANGE: Ziyech on for Pulisic.
United are still doing the majority of the pressing but are lacking real penetration. It's worked to Pogba just inside the box, but his effort is far too tame and easily defended.
So, are we going to have some late drama or will the same pattern repeat for the finale?
Rashford booked for lunging in on Mount.
- OffKai HavertzChelsea
- OnMason MountChelsea
CHELSEA CHANGE: Mount on for Havertz.
- OffTimo WernerChelsea
- OnTammy AbrahamChelsea
CHELSEA CHANGE: Werner off, Abraham on.
ATTEMPTS: Man Utd 10-4 Chelsea.
Rashford finds space down the left to latch on to Maguire's sweeping pass. He cuts inside and takes a shot that is well blocked.
VIDEO: Cavani almost makes an instant impact.
Lindelof does well to show Werner down the left channel and away from goal after a Chelsea break had threatened to put the forward clear.
Pulisic can't quite adjust to convert at the far post after a devilish ball in from the right by James.
CLOSE! Cavani flicks wide at the near post after a low ball in from the left. Nearly an instant impact after coming off the bench just seconds earlier.
- OffDaniel JamesManchester United
- OnEdinson CavaniManchester United
UNITED CHANGE: Cavani on for James.
- OffJuan MataManchester United
- OnPaul PogbaManchester United
UNITED CHANGE: Pogba on for Mata.
The changes can't come soon enough. This game needs a lift.
Pogba and Cavani in deep conversation with OGS. Looks like a double change is on the cards for the home team.
Werner gets a sight of goal after a flowing Chelsea move down the left, but his low strike is well blocked.
The Chelsea penalty appeal in the first half... Hard to explain why VAR didn't do anything about this and at least make the referee aware of it.
- Yellow cardFredManchester United
Fred booked for tripping Havertz.
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KICK OFF! United restart the contest. Here's hoping for a more action-packed second period.
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HT: Man United 0-0 Chelsea.
- Yellow cardKai HavertzChelsea
Havertz booked for a blatant pull on Fred right under the referee's nose.
One minute added.
Mata sees a first-time curler from the edge of the box palmed to safety by Mendy after probing play from Shaw and Rashford on the left.
Chilwell drifts the right-wing free kick into the middle, but Maguire is there ahead of Azpilicueta. The United defender was all over the Chelsea man there, but no interest from the referee or VAR.
- Yellow cardLuke ShawManchester United
Shaw booked for having two nibbles at James as the Chelsea full back roared forward.
Super save! Mendy shows his agility with a fine stop to deny Rashford's low shot after the forward had raced in from the right channel to seize upon Mata's clever pass.
VIDEO: Messy moment for Mendy.
Pulisic takes advantage of Fred's poor touch and drives at the United defence. He gets to the edge of the box but sees his fizzing shot deflect wide.
United work the ball neatly down the left. It's played inside to Fernandes but his thumping shot is straight at Mendy.
Almost some drama. Mendy takes a pass from the left and is almost too casual looking for Silva inside the six-yard box. He miss-hits it and is lucky not to roll it into his own net!
Fred makes an avoidable foul on Chilwell on the left flank, not too far from the United area. It's a good situation for the visitors, but James opts for a shot that never looks like beating De Gea at his near post.
Chelsea have had the only shot of the game so far - but we've had none on target. That pretty much sums up this cagey affair so far.
A stat that perhaps backs up why Lampard has decided to have a look at a back three again today: Chelsea have conceded 63 goals in 43 Premier League matches under Lampard at an average of 1.5 goals per game - the worst rate of any permanent Blues boss.
Replays show Fernandes giving Jorginho a very slight slap of the head as they await a ball down the line. Handbags wouldn't do it justice, but still not wise to raise your hands.
Chelsea have grown into he game a bit as an attacking force, but have had the same issues in terms of picking the lock of United's defence.
Pulisic horribly miscues a shot from the edge of the box after a right-wing corner had been cleared in his direction.
Make that 17 minutes...
Maguire steps in to thwart Havertz after Kante had attempted to find the German's run with a threaded through ball.
AWAY-DAY BLUES: Chelsea won five of their opening six Premier League away games under Frank Lampard, but have triumphed in only five of the ensuing 15 (D4, L6).
STAT: United last lost three consecutive league fixtures at Old Trafford in February 1979.
United have been lively but have struggled to work a way around the Chelsea system at present.
Pulisic darts into space and drives into the left side of the United area. He beats one, but can't squeeze beyond Wan-Bissaka. Superb defending from the full back.
DID YOU KNOW? Solskjaer has won four of his six matches as Manchester United manager against Chelsea (D1, L1).
STAT: The Red Devils are aiming to clock up three straight PL triumphs versus the Blues for the first time September 1965 under Sir Matt Busby.
- 1st Half
KICK OFF! Chelsea get us underway at a rain-soaked Old Trafford.
SEARCHING FOR HOME COMFORT: United are seeking a first home PL win of the season at the third time of asking having been humbled by Crystal Palace and hit for six by Spurs. They are hoping to avoid losing their opening three home league fixtures for only the second time in their history. The only occasion this has happened before was way back in 1930 when they finished bottom of the First Division.
Yes, it’s fair to say OT hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for United recently. If you include the end of last season, they are bidding to avoid recording a fifth winless Premier League match in a row at home. It would set a new club record for the competition.
WILL IT BE TIMO TIME AGAIN TODAY? Timo Werner has notched 30 league goals since the start of last season. It’s a tally that is only bettered in Europe's top five leagues by Robert Lewandowski, Ciro Immobile and Cristiano Ronaldo.
It may not have been a happy hunting ground since 2013, but the Blues have historically done well v the red half of Manchester and are the only club to have won more PL fixtures (18) against United than they have lost (17).
Meanwhile, Lampard insists Manchester United's wildly unpredictable start to the season will have no bearing on Chelsea's visit to Old Trafford.
It looks like Frank Lampard may have been reading Pete Sharland's feature. Chelsea seem to have gone for the back three as he suggests today: "Last season he (Lampard) could see the problems his team were having and in order to try and bring some stability he moved to three at the back. Was it perfect? No, not at all, but it gave the team a little more solidity. So far he hasn’t done that..."
Axel Tuanzebe produced a fine display against Paris St-Germain and many were expecting him to feature from the start again today. Solskjaer may be thinking in terms of match fitness after injury, but has also been quick to praise the 22-year-old to the media: "It was a great performance by a kid who hasn’t played for 10 months. Such a professional character, works really hard and thorough in his rehab. He can kick on. He is a leader. Centre-back, right-back, central midfield, takes responsibility for own development."
OGS on United’s OT issue: "We need to address the home form and look at the way we prepare. Might be something I have to deal with. The whole lockdown period has made us do things differently at home. Might have to do it a different way."
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Marcus Rashford, who has netted four goals in his past three matches v Chelsea in all competitions, including a double in this fixture last term: “We hope and we trust that Marcus' background here, background with his family will keep him just developing and kick him on in his career. Now is around about the time that you'll see him hopefully dividing himself from being a good player to being a very, very good player."
Mendy: "I have been aware that Cech has been watching my matches for a number of years and it's always really pleasing to hear he has been saying he liked my profile and the way I was performing. Here at Chelsea everybody approved my signing and now it's up to me to show that they were right to take an interest in me and to have brought me to the club."
A few lines from those teamsheets: Edinson Cavani could well make his debut from the bench for United, while Axel Tuanzebe is replaced by Harry Maguire despite a superb showing at PSG in midweek. Chelsea make just one change from their draw with Sevilla as Cesar Azpilicueta comes in to a back three with Mason Mount dropping to the bench. Edouard Mendy starts in goal once again.
CONFIRMED TEAMS – MAN UTD: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Fernandes, Mata, James, Rashford... Subs: Henderson, Pogba, Cavani, Greenwood, Matic, Van de Beek, Tuanzebe. /// CHELSEA: Mendy, James, Silva, Zouma, Azpilcueta, Chilwell, Jorginho, Kante, Pulisic, Havertz, Werner... Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Abraham, Kovacic, Giroud, Mount, Ziyech.
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