On Monday night, Manchester United were held to a goalless draw by a Jose Mourinho led Chelsea team, in their second game of this season's campaign.
United went into the game as favourites but Chelsea proved to be no push over with a fine display that curtailed United's attacking prowess.
Wayne Rooney returned to Manchester United's starting line-up but failed to find the net against his potential suitors in a relatively uneventful encounter at Old Trafford.
Rooney has been the subject of two failed bids from Chelsea in recent weeks, but he was one of the few impressive players on a night when the season's first major head-to-head clash failed to live up to its billing.
The England striker tested Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech on three occasions and was brilliant in his display in a game that was his first start for United this season.
United dominated play but failed to infuse the needed bite to dislodge the Chelsea defence.
Rooney, to his credit, looked determined to influence the game despite Chelsea's fans mischievously taking up their United counterparts' chants in support of Rooney and pledging; "We'll see you next week!"
Playing as a supporting striker to Robin van Persie, he constantly dropped deep to collect the ball, but when he managed to find space on the edge of the box with a smart turn, his shot lacked the power to trouble Cech.
Rooney raised the biggest cheer of the night with a full-bodied sliding tackle to dispossess Ramires, before giving Cech his last effort of the night with a powerful drive from 30 yards.
With this draw, Chelsea go top of the standings, having played a game more than the rest teams and United can draw level with them if they win against Liverpool on Sunday.
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