That’s it from me for tonight. Thanks for putting up with me through this. I hope I managed to keep you vaguely interested. I’ll be back soon, hopefully for a game with goals in it! Goodnight.
Wherever you are, take solace in knowing that you didn’t miss much. 7 shots on target all game and none of those were from inside the box.
2nd half was a bit more entertaining than the 1st (most things would have been) but I think most fans will be happy with the point and the clean sheet against a very attacking Chelsea.
Full time: 0-0.
30 seconds left. Corner for United after a counter attack. Mourinho tries to slow things down by bringing on Azpilicueta for Hazard.
Chelsea’s poor attempt to clear across falls to Evra, who attempts a volley but… well… It’s a Patrice Evra volley.
85th minute. Game seems to be petering out. John Obi Mikel about to come on for Chelsea. Mourinho will take the 0-0.
Welbeck off, Giggs on.
Giggs preparing himself to come on. Meanwhile, Rooney has yet another fierce long shot, forcing a good save from Cech.
Ashley Cole nutmegs Jones on the edge of the box, goes past him and then collapses looking for a penalty. Minimal contact and should have been booked.
We’re approaching the 70th minute mark and the game has definitely livened up nicely. This game has a goal in it, somewhere.
After viewing the replay of the Lampard hand ball, it seems that Lampard’s hand was indeed out and it probably should have been a penalty. A bit frustrating, that.
Valencia coming for Ashley Young for United
Rooney has another shot from far out after a very good touch and turn. Cech saves with ease.
Huge claims for handball by the United players after Cleverley tries a volley from the edge of the box, which hits Frank Lampard. Atkinson says no.
De Bruyne has come off, Torres has come on. Chelsea finally have a striker on the pitch. Schurrle has moved out to the right to accommodate the Spaniard.
This game seems to have livened up. Chelsea break 2 on 1 and Schurrle smacks the bar but it doesn’t matter as he was flagged offside prior to the shot.
Cahill. Yes, Gary Cahill, has a shot from 30 yards out. Saved by De Gea to his left.
Lovely work from Wayne Rooney on the edge of the box, who faints to pass it wide but sneakily slots it through to Welbeck. Danny controls, turns and manages to hit it over the bar from about 10 yards out. This is better.
And as I write that, Chelsea attempt to break. It comes to Hazard who shoots along the ground from 25 yards. De Gea drops down and hugs the ball safe and sound.
United seemingly up for this 2nd half. 90% of the first 5 minutes has been spent around the Chelsea box.
And we’re underway for the 2nd half.
The midfield has coped rather well. Lots of 1st time passing but no breakthrough. Valencia seems to be far more confident this season and actually look threatening when on the ball. Something needs to change, though.
Possession: United 56% – 44% Chelsea
Shots: United 4-4 Chelsea
On target: United 1-2 Chelsea
1st half stats coming up. Don’t get too excited.
And there’s half-time. Not a lot to talk about other than whatever you’re doing at work/home/wherever is probably a tad more exciting than this game.
Only 1 minute of added time (as nothing’s actually happened).
Oscar seems to be the only one willing to shoot in the Chelsea team. Has another low shot from the edge of the box saved by De Gea. Nothing to worry about.
Cleverley has a pop from 20 yards with his left foot after some passing in and around the Chelsea box from United. As per with most Cleverley shots, it’s not on target
And there it is. De Bruyne is the first player to go into Atkinson’s book after tripping up Van Persie. However, the young Belgian is bleeding from the lower lip after his challenge.
Valencia lucky to get away without a yellow after a slide tackle on Oscar. That’s one let off for each team from Martin Atkinson. The 1st yellow isn’t far away.
Rooney has a pop from the edge of the box but the ball is too close to his body and he can’t generate much power. Comfortable for Cech. Great first touch from Wayne prior to the shot, though.
Robin van Persie tries a venomous shot from a tight angle but hits the side netting. Despite Chelsea’s shots, United look the more likely to make something happen.
Chelsea have their 3rd shot of the game (forgot a very speculative Ivanovic 35 yard attempt). Oscar from distance but it goes well wide.
20 mins in and only the 1 shot. United have had 57% of the possession. Quite dull at the moment.
Very late challenge by Ashley Cole on RVP. Martin Atkinson trying to keep things civil and just has a word with him. Probably was a yellow card.
First corner of the game for Manchester United. RVP whips it in but Terry heads the ball away.
We have our first shot. Oscar with the attempt after De Bruyne whips the ball in and Ferdinand clumsily clears it out to the Brazilian. He shoots straight at De Gea and the goalkeeper comfortably catches it.
We’re into the 9th minute and not a lot has happened. Rooney, however, looks very up for this, tracking down most balls.
The home fans singing “Sit Down Mourinho”. José acknowledges the chant with a cool wave from the touchline.
Fantastic to see from Welbeck. Loses the ball with a sloppy pass after a good spell of possession but he tracks back and tackles Oscar to win back the ball.
Chelsea have the kick off. Oscar and Schürrle get the game under way, and we’re off!
If you weren’t aware of it yet, a “The Chosen One” banner has been put up. Needless to say, it looks a bit naff.
Moyes walks onto the pitch to a fantastic reception.
United bench: Lindegaard, Smalling, Buttner, Anderson, Giggs, Young, Kagawa
Chelsea bench: Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Essien, Mikel, Mata, Lukaku, Torres
No recognised striker in the Chelsea team. Schurrle will probably end up as the most forward of the 3.
Chelsea XI: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, De Bruyne, Oscar, Hazard, Schurrle
The news everyone had been waiting for. Rooney starts. Big statement from David Moyes, especially after the week of Mourinho mind games regarding the player’s situation at the club.
United starting XI: De Gea; Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Cleverley, Carrick, Welbeck; Rooney, Van Persie
Apologies for the delay. Technical issues. If you’re stuck at work and can’t watch the game, I’ll be your host tonight. Kick off in 10 minutes. Team news to follow.
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