Chelsea and Man United play out drab draw at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea and Man United play out drab draw at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea and Manchester United settled for a barren draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening in a Premier League match that failed to sparkle for long periods. 

Both sides went into the match knowing a win could heavily boost their ambitions, but in the end, it was a disappointing evening for the two sides. 

Chelsea started off with a high tempo, with their passing crisper compared to Man United, before the latter grew into the game. 

The first clear attempt on goal however came in the 14th minute as Marcus Rashford forced a good save out of Edouard Mendy, who punched his stinging shot back into play. 

It almost turned detrimental for Chelsea as Callum Hudson-Odo was adjudged to have handled Mendy's punched ball, but there was reprieve after the referee consulted the VAR and decided against awardign a penalty. 

Both sides failed to test opposite goalkeepers, creating only half chances. 

Chelsea came closest to taking the lead in the 36th minute after Antonio Rudiger pinged a lovely diagonal over to the right and found Hudson-Odoi, who in turn delivered a perfect cross into the six-yard box where Giroud stretched to get to the end of the ball but missed it by inches. 

Tuchel made a first-half change with Hudson-Odoi, who was later pictured with a bandage on his knee, giving way for Reece James. 

Four minutes into the second period Chelsea broke into United's box with Chilwell playing a lovely cut-back for Ziyech, but the winger's well-taken shot was expertly saved by De Gea in goal. 

The game then opened up with both teams creating chances, and United had their own on the hour mark as Greenwood almost found the top corner with a brilliant shot from the edge of the box, but it flew few inches wide. 

A minute later United went on the attack again this time Luke Shaw pulling it back for Wan-Bissaka, who in turn found McTominay but his shot was kept out at the near post by a smart Mendy save.

Rashford then wasted a chance to properly test Mendy, spooning a weak shot into the goalie's hands from the edge of the box. 

On the other end, the Blues went on a lightning counter-attack and came close to scoring only for McTominay to block a goal-bound effort from Mason Mount. 

The game became more and more stretched as it wore on, but both teams failed to find the net despite their efforts. 

The draw means United move a point above Leicester City, who lost 3-1 at home to Arsenal, while Chelsea remain a point behind West Ham, who are in fourth.