Manchester United 0 – 0 Chelsea: All the best United moments
David Moyes’ first league game in charge of Manchester United at Old Trafford saw the Reds draw 0-0 with title favourites Chelsea on Monday night.
United selected the same team as the one that faced Swansea City but with Wayne Rooney replacing Ryan Giggs in attack. It was Chelsea and the returning Jose Mournho who created the main questions on the starting teams by choosing not to start one of their strikers and play Andre Schurrle ahead of a midfield trio that did not include Juan Mata.
The game itself was very defensive as both teams looked to be very happy to not be defeated so early in the season. United had the better of possession and looked solid in and in control throughout. As the game neared its end United attacked in hope of stealing a late winner but it wasn’t to be as Jose shut up his shop and both clubs went away reasonably happy with a point.
For a game that lacked any real attacking highs, there were some brilliant moments to enjoy. Here are my top 5 GIF moments…
1. Danny Welbeck touch
After his 2 goal performance in the opener v Swansea it was good to see him start once more though a shame it was on the left wing. His energy and commitment will ensure you get a shift from him and some moments of class but as we saw last week its in and around the box we want to see his flicks and runs.
Here he brings down a high ball with the ease at which Welbz makes it look before beating a man and eventually playing a 1-2 with Wayne Rooney as United build an attack.
2. Robin van Persie spin move
With little action in front of goal it was hard for the mercurial Dutchman to make his mark on the game. He did however offer up several moments o f his class including this brilliant spin move to get away from the Chelsea defender and attack the penalty area.
3. Tom Cleverley ‘no look’ volley pass
Tom Cleverley continued his good early season form with a very established display in the centre of the park. He was a lot more combative making more tackles than anyone else and displaying good positional play to break up attacks and keep the likes of Hazard and Oscar quiet.
This stand out moment was a wonderful first time ‘no look’ pass to Michael Carrick.
4. Tom Cleverley touch and play
David de Gea, who was rarely worked during the game, tested out his team mates first touch with this pass to Cleverley under pressure on the edge of his own box. His touch was class and with a few nice passes set United away on a counter which resulted in United’s best chance of the game falling to Danny Welbeck. You can see the full counter attack HERE
5. Ashley Young Skill
Great touch to control the ball by Wayne Rooney who then rolls the ball out wide to Ashley Young. With Ashley Cole looking to get in and steal the ball Young flicks it over his head and gets onto the ball on the other side. He then put in 2 very good crosses into the box which were both cleared by good Chelsea defending.