Wednesday 25 November, 2020

Man United held 0-0 by Chelsea to extend frustration at home

Chelsea's Christian Pulisic, right, duels for the ball with Manchester United's Harry Maguire during their English Premier League football match, at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, October 24, 2020. (Michael Regan/Pool via AP).

Chelsea's Christian Pulisic, right, duels for the ball with Manchester United's Harry Maguire during their English Premier League football match, at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, October 24, 2020. (Michael Regan/Pool via AP).

Manchester United were held by Chelsea to 0-0 in the English Premier League on Saturday to leave the host without a win at Old Trafford from the opening three matches for the first time in 48 years.

United striker Marcus Rashford was denied the chance to grab a late winner when Edouard Mendy's flying save kept out a curling shot. Chelsea's new goalkeeper also produced fine saves to thwart Rashford and Juan Mata in the first half in heavy rain.

Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani made his United debut off the bench in the second half and almost scored with his first touch when he flicked a corner goalward at the near post.

Chelsea had a penalty overlooked before halftime after United captain Harry Maguire threw Cesar Azpilicueta to the ground when heading away a free-kick.

Chelsea are sixth with nine points from six games.

Over at Craven Cottage in London: Crystal Palace extended their promising start to the English Premier League and heaped more misery on Fulham in a 2-1 win.

Wilfried Zaha set up Jairo Riedewald for the opener in the eighth minute and netted himself in the 64th as Roy Hodgson’s side moved up to fifth in the standings.

Hodgson's former side, Fulham, have lost five times in six rounds. A disappointing afternoon was made worse in the 86th when substitute Aboubakar Kamara was sent off for a challenge on Eberechi Eze, with referee Graham Scott changing his decision after checking the pitchside monitor.

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