Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea: Premier League match report as Rooney shines

The Englishman started against the club that are trying to sign the forward. The biggest story before the much anticipated...

The Englishman started against the club that are trying to sign the forward.

The biggest story before the much anticipated Premier League clash between Manchester United and Chelsea was that Wayne Rooney would be starting.

The Blues have been trying to tempt Rooney from Old Trafford for much of the summer and have already had two bids for the England international rejected by the Red Devils.

Yet as it turned out that bit of news about the line-ups was perhaps the most exciting of the entire match, as 90 minutes went by in this tie without much incident.

David Moyes and Jose Mourinho went up against each other for the first time in 2013/14 and the pair cancelled each other out.

In a surprise move to many Mourinho opted to start without a recognised striker as Andre Schurrle led the line, whilst Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku watched from the bench alongside out-of-favour Juan Mata.

There wasn’t a lot to cheer about as Oscar had the only shot on target from the first 10 minutes, which barely tested David De Gea.

Rooney was clearly either trying to impress Mourinho or win over the Old Trafford faithful though, as the 27-year-old dominated in the No.10 role behind Robin Van Persie, with Michael Carrick equally as strong further back.

There were a couple of penalty shouts for either side as Tom Cleverley clattered a shot off Frank Lampard’s right arm, whilst Phil Jones collided with Ashley Cole – yet neither were awarded and on second looking that was probably the right decision in both cases.

In the end a draw was a fair reflection of a somewhat dull encounter and the match didn’t give any indication of where the power in English football lies this campaign.

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