Manchester United picked up their first home point of the season with a dull 0-0 draw against Chelsea in a match where both sides seemed more concerned about not losing than going for the win.
There were few chances although Blues boss Frank Lampard will feel his men should have had a first-half penalty when Harry Maguire held down Cesar Azpilicueta as a free-kick was swung into the United box.
Deadline Day signing Edinson Cavani came on to make his debut for United and almost scored with his first touch, diverting Bruno Fernandes’s cross into the side-netting, while Marcus Rashford drew a fine late stop from Edouard Mendy.
It was the first time in 30 matches United had failed to score, although the draw ended United’s run of back-to-back Premier League losses to Crystal Palace and Tottenham on their own patch but they stay in 15th, with Chelsea moving up to ninth.
Harry Maguire was fortunate to avoid giving away a penalty for this hold on Cesar Azpilicueta
How Man Utd and Chelsea cancelled each other out
In heavy rain at Old Trafford, both teams – who had shipped 21 goals in nine games between them in the Premier League this season – made an overly-cautious start, with a miscued Reece James free-kick from out wide the only incident to trouble either ‘keeper in the opening half hour.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reverted to the team which beat Newcastle in the Premier League last weekend, with Harry Maguire, Juan Mata and Daniel James back in the XI, with Axel Tuanzebe, Alex Telles and Anthony Martial out. Edinson Cavani began on the bench.
Chelsea made one change from their 0-0 draw with Sevilla in the Champions League, with Mason Mount dropping to the bench and Cesar Azpilicueta coming into a back three.
Mendy nearly handed the advantage to United soon after with what would have been a terrible howler, passing across his own goal and…