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Man Utd Cement Second Spot After Chelsea Draw

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Result: Chelsea 0-0 Manchester United

Date: 28 February 2021

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Manchester United consolidated second spot on the Premier League table after playing to a goalless draw against Chelsea on Sunday evening.

The Blues made three changes from their win over Atletico Madrid, as Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech got rare starts alongside N'Golo Kante while United made two alterations from the win over Newcastle United, as Mason Greenwood and Scott McTominay were both recalled.

The game started at high pace and the Red Devils had a penalty appeal reviewed by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) after Callum Hudson-Odoi seemingly touched the ball inside the box from a rebound but the referee was not convinced to give a spot-kick after watching it on the pitch-side monitor.

Hudson-Odoi came close to breaking the deadlock in the 21st minute with a volley across goal that missed the far post by a whisker.

Thomas Tuchel's charges came close again to going ahead ten minutes before the break after Hudson-Odoi delivered an inviting cross at the near on the run of Olivier Giroud but the French forward missed the flight of the ball by a second with a diving header in front of goal and the first stanza ended without goals.

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Ziyech had a big chance to break the deadlock for the hosts three minutes inside the second stanza after receiving a cut-back from Chilwell inside the box but his first-time low shot was brilliantly saved by shot-stopper David de Gea.

McTominay had a window of opportunity for Man United on the hour-mark after receiving a cut-back from Aaron Wan-Bissaka but his cracking effort at the near post was parried away by goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

After a frantic first quarter of an hour in the second stanza, the game was getting cagey in the latter stages, with the sides very organised at the back.

Chelsea had a chance to snatch the winner in the last six minutes after Reece James whipped in a teasing cross towards the back post looking for the run of Timo Werner but Victor Lindelof made a crucial clearance right in front of the German and the sides shared the spoils, with Man United retaining second spot while the Blues were also unchanged in fifth place on the log.

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