Manchester United lost further ground on Premier League leaders Manchester City after they played out a drab goalless deadlock with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Ole Gunnar Solkjaer’s side remain second but are now 12 points adrift of City while the result left Chelsea outside the top four a point behind West Ham United.
Manchester United – who have lost only one of their last 20 league games – thought they were about to be offered the chance to make a breakthrough in the first half but a penalty appeal for handball against Callum Hudson-Odoi was dismissed by referee Stuart Attwell after he was instructed to consult a pitchside monitor by the video assistant referee.
Chelsea, who remain unbeaten under new manager Thomas Tuchel, had chances but United keeper David de Gea made a fine second-half save from Hakim Ziyech while opposite number Edouard Mendy saved well from Scott McTominay and Fred was narrowly off target with a long-range effort. Mendy also punched away a late effort from Bruno Fernandes.
In the end, however, this was another game to add to the list of meetings between the so-called top six that ended in stalemate.
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- 20Hudson-OdoiSubstituted forJamesat 45′minutes
- 21ChilwellBooked at 62mins
- 22ZiyechSubstituted forWernerat 78′minutes
- 18GiroudSubstituted forPulisicat 65′minutes
- 1de Gea
- 5MaguireBooked at 79mins
- 17FredBooked at 50mins
- 18Bruno Fernandes
- 11GreenwoodSubstituted forMartialat 79′minutes
- 34van de Beek
Match ends, Chelsea 0, Manchester United 0.
Second Half ends, Chelsea 0, Manchester United 0.
Attempt saved. Fred (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes.
Attempt saved. Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Attempt blocked. Mason Mount (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Mason Mount (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Daniel James (Manchester United).
Reece James (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Luke Shaw (Manchester United).
Foul by Christian Pulisic (Chelsea).
Harry Maguire (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mason Mount (Chelsea).
Luke Shaw (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Andreas Christensen.
Attempt saved. Timo Werner (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by N’Golo Kanté.
Attempt missed. Andreas Christensen (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mason Mount with a cross following a set piece situation.
Harry Maguire (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Harry Maguire (Manchester United).
Substitution, Manchester United. Anthony Martial replaces Mason Greenwood.
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