Manchester United 0 Chelsea 0 – Mourinho’s defensive tactics force goalless draw
One of the dullest Premier League matches of the season took place at Old Trafford on Monday night, with two of the title rivals playing out a bore draw which owed much to the negative strategy of Jose Mourinho.
August 26th, 2013
The Chelsea manager decided against starting the match with a recognised striker and new signing Andre Schurrle ploughed a lone furrow in attack for the first hour of the match, while Juan Mata was once again omitted from the starting line-up.
It was clear from the early stages that the Blues would be content to leave with a point and they limited their opponent to just a handful of scoring chances, with Robin van Persie kept particularly quiet after his two excellent goals at Swansea.
Wayne Rooney was actually the best player on the park as the England man operated behind Danny Welbeck and Van Persie, with the forward likely to be the subject of a repeat Chelsea bid this week.
David Moyes brought on Ashley Young and Ryan Giggs in an attempt to change things in the second half, with Welbeck having missed a clear opportunity to register a shot on target shortly after the interval.
Moyes will now look to conduct some late transfer business and bring some creativity to the midfield department, with his team having failed to unlock the Chelsea defence on Monday night.