Manchester United and Chelsea played out a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford to complete the second weekend of the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season.
The most eagerly-anticipated fixture so far proved to be an anti-climax in all fairness, as both sides under their new managers treated the game with a lot of caution.
Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea stay top of the table having played an extra game with their Super Cup showdown against Bayern Munich coming up on Friday, while David Moyes’ United produced their first 0-0 draw in 119 games.
Wayne Rooney started the game as speculation continues to rise as to which club he will actually play for once the transfer window shuts, though his commitment was there for all to see.
He replaced Ryan Giggs in the only change for the hosts from their 4-1 win at Swansea last week, while Kevin De Bruyne and new signing Andre Schurrle came into the Chelsea side in place of Juan Mata and Demba Ba.
Chances were few and far between with both sides restricted to long shots, and the more clear-cut opportunities lacked any real conviction.
United had a penalty appeal turned down when Tom Cleverley’s shot struck the slightly-raised arm of Frank Lampard, however Chelsea’s all-time top goalscorer was let off the hook when referee Martin Atkinson deemed the block accidental.
Moyes will have to wait for his first home win in charge, after failing to beat Mourinho at the ninth attempt in the first game at Old Trafford since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.