After a rather dull afternoon at Old Trafford, the points were shared between Chelsea and Manchester United, with the game ending in a 0-0 draw between the two sides. Although not a terrible result for the Blues, there were still some concerns for Frank Lampard and his team on Saturday. Here are five things we learnt from the game…
Another Man of the Match Performance by Edouard Mendy
New signing Edouard Mendy has done it again. Despite a sloppy mistake in the first half, with the keeper nearly putting the ball into his own net, he was able to turn his performance around and produce some incredible saves in the game. It could have been a nightmare for Chelsea as silly errors between the sticks continue to crop up. However, Mendy didn’t let his mistake harm his confidence and saved a good chance by Marcus Rashford with his right foot just five minutes later. Another good save came against Juan Mata in the same half, with the Senegal international keeping yet another clean sheet for his home side.
Reece James’s Good Form Continues
Speaking of positives at the back, Reece James also had an excellent game for the Blues. The youngster has been on superb form lately and seems to be full of confidence at the moment. He was all over Daniel James at the weekend and was once again brilliant going forward, producing some good crosses for his teammates. It appears that Chelsea have definitely fixed some of their problems at the back, especially with the introduction of Thiago Silva – who we should also give credit to for his performance on Saturday.
No Attacking Threat?
However, with the defence greatly improved, there now seems to be issues on the other side of the pitch. In attack, we failed to produce much of a threat against the home side – registering just one shot on target compared to United’s four. Both Kai Havertz and Timo Werner were particularly quiet in Manchester, with Christian Pulisic creating the most chances in the game. The winger had a few shots on goal and appeared to be the biggest threat against David de Gea. Lampard tried to change the game in the latter stages by bringing on some fresh legs in attack, yet it wasn’t enough to get that all-important goal.
A Lack of Confidence
One aspect of the game that was particularly concerning for Chelsea was their lack of confidence against the hosts. Lampard’s side showed too much respect against United, allowing them to control the game. We didn’t appear to take any risks and settled with a draw, rather than going all out and trying to secure the three points.
Unfortunately, it was necessary to talk about this point today. Although United were the more dominant side in the game, we wonder how the result may have ended, had that penalty for Harry Maguire’s foul on Cesar Azpilicueta been given. It was a clear penalty for the visitors, with Maguire’s arms wrapped tightly around our captain’s neck – preventing him from getting his head to the ball and hauling him to the ground in the box. It was a lucky escape for the Englishman, with VAR reviewing the incident and not taking any further action.