Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

Wayne Rooney Rich

Manchester United 0-0 FC Chelsea

Surprisingly, with some of the top footballers in the world on the pitch - neither Manchester United nor Chelsea were able to score - which speaks well for the Man United and Chelsea defensive players and goalkeepers.

After the match, Chelsea's Frank Lampard was asked about the result and United not being awarded a penalty.

"Neither team wants to lose and it was a bit of a stalemate in those terms. They worked hard to stop us," said Lampard.  "For me it was not a penalty, when you are challenging for a ball and half a yard away what can you do.

"You see anything given these days - it can hit you on the shoulder and be given handball. I certainly could not have done anything about it."

The double clean-sheet also says volumes about the skills and strategies of both new managers, David Moyes and Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea began the clash with both strikers Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku on the bench - with summer signing Andre Schurrle named to the starting line-up.

Despite rumors, Wayne Rooney started for United and gave his best performance. It could be Rooney's last match for United - depending upon whether or not Chelsea are able to lure him the play for the London Blues before the Premiership transfer window closes on Sept 2.

"Wayne Rooney was the brightest player on the pitch - he tried to make things happen and was positive. But on the whole for all the talent on show not many of them performed. Both teams looked like they didn't want to lose. Jose Mourinho will probably be the happier of the two managers," said Chris Waddle.

Man United defender Rio Ferdinand revealed that Jose Mourinho's appointment as Chelsea boss brings a new challenge.

"The fact they have a new manager adds a new dynamic to the game," the former England international said.

"Mourinho obviously has a big personality. He has been there before so he knows the league.

"He is newsworthy. It makes good reading for the public with him around. Whether it helps them get closer to where we were last year remains to be seen. It will certainly have no bearing on the way we approach the game."

David Moyes has already earned his first trophy as boss of Man United - the 2013 Community Shieldr.

"In the main this club tends to say 'we'll show you' if that is the case. It is in my nature. It was definitely in the previous manager's nature," says Moyes.


Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Cleverley, Carrick, Welbeck, Rooney, van Persie.

Subs: Anderson, Giggs, Smalling, Lindegaard, Young, Kagawa, Buttner.

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, De Bruyne, Oscar, Hazard, Schurrle.

Subs: Essien, Torres, Mikel, Lukaku, Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Mata.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

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