Manchester United drew 0-0 with Chelsea as manager David Moyes’s first competitive home game delivered the only scoreless Premier League match at Old Trafford since May 2009.
In a meeting between two of the bookmakers’ favorites for the title, Red Devils striker Danny Welbeck had the best chance last night in the 56th minute, though put his shot from 10 yards (nine meters) just wide. It was the first league game without a goal at United’s stadium in 77 matches.
“It was tense,” Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard said in a televised interview. “People talk about big decider games early in the season and neither team wants to lose. It was a bit of a stalemate in those terms.”
The result puts Chelsea a point clear of Liverpool and Tottenham atop the standings with seven points, though the Blues have played a game more. Defending champion United has four points in fourth place after two of 38 matches and visits Liverpool next on Sept. 1.
Last night’s match marked the first time Moyes went up against Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho since succeeding the retired Alex Ferguson as manager of record 20-time English champion United. Mourinho in June left Real Madrid and rejoined Chelsea, which he coached to the title in 2005 and 2006.
Moyes picked Wayne Rooney, who’s been the subject of two rejected bids from Chelsea, in the starting lineup and the England forward was cheered throughout by the home fans. Rooney had four of United’s 10 shots.
“I was very pleased with Wayne’s performance and very pleased by the reaction from the crowd,” Moyes said in comments on United’s website. “I told him I might only play him for 60 or 70 minutes and see how he was. But he worked back, he tackled and he was great.”
Mourinho said Chelsea will wait to see where Rooney sees his future before making a third offer. United has said that the 27-year-old isn’t for sale.
“It depends on his reaction, on his feelings,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “If now he doesn’t want to leave, we are out of the scene. We need to know what is happening.”
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