Manchester United and Chelsea share a point apiece at Old Trafford
The red devils hosted Chelsea at a rainy Old Trafford on Saturday, as the Reds failed to win for a third time in
five league matches this season.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was adamant his team should have been awarded a penalty for a first-half foul
on Cesar Azpilicueta in Saturday’s goalless draw at Manchester United.
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Blues captain Azpilicueta was hauled to the ground by United skipper Harry Maguire, whose left arm was
wrapped tightly around the Spaniard’s neck.
“I thought it was a clear penalty,” Lampard said. “Holding is allowed, but headlocks aren’t.
“Obviously I didn’t see it at the time from where I’m standing. They are hard calls for referees on the pitch,
but the VAR was very quick to dismiss it in my opinion.
“I think they should have taken time and advised the referee to watch the monitor. If the referee goes to the
monitor, he gives a penalty.”
United went into the game on the back of successive wins away to Newcastle and Paris Saint-Germain,
having scored six goals across those two games, but neither side ever really got going despite the attacking talent on show.
United’s line-up boasted Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes, while Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz, and Timo
Werner all started for the visitors.
United, who remain stuck in the bottom half of the table, were at least able to avoid losing a third straight home
league game at the start of the season for the first time since 1930.
Also, they can point to three good saves from Edouard Mendy, two to deny Marcus Rashford,
including one in the final minute, and one where Bruno Fernandes was thwarted.
Chelsea’s biggest scare was Mendy passing the ball across his goal and out for a corner in the first half when
trying to pass to Thiago Silva.
Neither Edinson Cavani, on his debut, nor Paul Pogba could change things in the home side’s favor after they
were introduced as substitutes. Mason Greenwood was given the final eight minutes to make an impression –
but did not.
The Red Devils shot-stopper praised his side’s performance and feels they were worthy of all three points
David de Gea believes Manchester United would have been more deserving of the victory than Chelsea after the
sides played out a dour goalless draw on Saturday.