No surprise at stalemate - but MUFC improve
Courtois denies MUFC
December 29 2015
Two faltering clubs, one manager clinging on; another desperate to impress - there was an air of inevitably at ManUtdWeb Towers that Monday's clash with Chelsea would end goalless.
The 0-0 stalemate extends United's run of games without a win to eight - but an improved performance led Louis van Gaal to state, after the contest, that he has no intention of resigning.
A point apiece doesn't do a huge amount to lift either club. United remain sixth - though, in truth, are a good run away from potentially being back in contention nearer the top; whilst Chelsea sit 14th, only three points above the drop zone at the mid-way point of a hugely unpredictable campaign.
Van Gaal's Red Devils had the chances to win this game. Juan Mata and Anthony Martial both had efforts denied by the woodwork, whilst Belgian stopper Thibaut Courtois was in imperious form.
The hosts bossed possession, showed added attacking ambition and created chances. It was an improvement, if nothing else.
However, it certainly wasn't one way traffic and - on another day - Chelsea could have grabbed maximum points. Indeed, John Terry nearly got the visitors off to a fantastic start with a determined header.
United return to action on Saturday, and kick-off 2016 with a home clash against Swansea. It's a game LVG's men should win - and any other result could mean the exit door for United's Dutch chief.
Full Time - Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea
Attendance - 75,275