It was the home side who started the game on the front foot and they looked dangerous going forward. Ziyech and Mount were causing problems on and off the ball but Maguire and co stood firm. It didn’t take long for United to grow in to the game with Rashford testing Mendy with a well struck free kick. The Chelsea keeper had it covered.
Moments later United felt they should of had a penalty when Hudson-Odoi handled the ball in the Chelsea box. Stuart Attwell checked the pitch side monitor but after careful consideration he said there was nothing doing. Replays show that Hudson-Odoi could count himself very lucky.
Chelsea had been the better team early on but the game was now being played in their half. Rashford and Shaw were causing all sorts of problems for Hudson-Odoi and Azpilicueta but neither could find a telling cross. United came forward time and again but couldn’t crack the code and at half time the game was goalless.
Chelsea dominated the early parts of the second half and De Gea had to make a smart save to deny Ziyech opening the scoring. Like the first half United grew in to the game and on the hour mark Greenwood came close with a strike that whistled just wide. Moments later Mendy made a good save from Mctominay’s low drive and United still couldn’t find a way through.
Daniel James was having another good game, his relentless running and pressing was keeping the Chelsea defenders on their toes. Chilwell especially had got through some work to keep the pacey Welshman at bay.
Fernandes was having a quiet game and although he was trying to make things happen nothing was really coming off. Kante and Kovacic had done well to nullify the threat that the Portuguese carries. As we approached the final 12 minutes Solskjaer introduced Anthony Martial. The Frenchman took the place of Mason Greenwood.
The final few minutes saw Chelsea have two free kicks in promising areas, but they couldn’t make the most of them. Neither side could find a winner and for the second time this season the points were shared.