Manchester United’s English striker Wayne Rooney (left) competes with Chelsea’s English defender Ashley Cole during their English Premier League at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, yesterday.
MANCHESTER, England: Manchester United and Chelsea drew 0-0 in the Premier League yesterday as the action in the season’s first big match failed to match the intrigue of the Wayne Rooney transfer saga that swirled throughout.
David Moyes began his first home match in charge of the champions by naming Chelsea target Rooney in his starting line-up, giving a clear message that his club’s message of ‘he is not for sale’ still stood after two failed bids for the striker.
Chances for both sides were few and far between on a warm evening at Old Trafford as Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s decision to play much of the match without a recognised striker had little attacking impact and his defence held firm. Rooney, in the unusual position of being cheered by both sets of fans, had a decent chance in the second half when his right-footed drive forced Petr Cech to dive to his right. Reuters