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CHELSEA VS MANCHESTER UNITED ENDED WITH A GOALLESS DRAW



1 March 2021


LONDON: Chelsea missed a chance to regain their place in the Premier League's top four as they dominated Manchester United but had to be content with a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday (Feb 28).

The home side carved out the best chances but United, who had a decent first-half penalty appeal turned down, defended solidly throughout to earn a point.



Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel remains unbeaten in nine games sincChelsea's 0-0 home draw with second-placed United ensured Thomas Tuchel is still undefeated in nine games since replacing Frank Lampard, but it meant they failed to dislodge fourth-placed West Ham United who became Manchester City's 20th successive victims in all competitions on Saturday.


The match at Stamford Bridge was largely a forgettable affair with the main talking point a controversial penalty incident in the first half when referee Stuart Attwell opted not to award United a spot kick for a handball by Callum Hudson-Odoi.


It would have been a harsh decision but the fact that Attwell was instructed to watch the incident on a VAR monitor amplified the debate about the technology.


Needless to say both managers disagreed, with United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saying it was a 100per cent penalty and Tuchel offering the opposing view.


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Either way it was a better result for United who preserved their six-point lead over Chelsea, even if it left them 12 points behind runaway leaders City.


"It would have been a big result," Tuchel said. "We tried everything to win, to be prepared for no other intention but to win. We are in the middle of a battle to the top four.


"We have closed the gap quickly and now is the moment to hang in and to show performances every three or four days."e taking over from sacked Frank Lampard but a second successive Premier League draw left him frustrated.


His side remain in fifth spot with 44 points from 26 games, one point behind West Ham United, while Manchester United are second with 50 points from 26 games, 12 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City. - Reuters