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*Manchester United’s match with Chelsea at Old Trafford had been teed up to be the first big clash of the season but ended in a disappointing stalemate.
A host of subplots and an evening kick-off at the end of a sunny Bank Holiday was the perfect setting for a big night of football but despite some high-quality approach play from both teams, the game finished 0:0 with few real chances carved out.
Wayne Rooney made staying at Old Trafford look a little more likely by being handed a starting role and impressing. His opposite number Fernando Torres looked glum on the sidelines after Jose Mourinho had stressed the need for mobility up front in preferring Andre Schurrle.
Chelsea effectively played without a striker, using Oscar, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard closely behing the German. Jose Mourinho reminded England how canny a tactician he can be, and how his team’s style takes second billing to its score.
Mourinho afterwards called on Rooney again to clarify his desires, which added to his Judi Bola Online24Jam Terpercaya 2021 pre-match comment that David Moyes had unsettled him, appears to confirm Chelsea still want to prise him away.
*Gareth Bale’s interminable transfer to Real Madrid drags on, with the surprising news that a second club have entered a bid with only days to go before the window closes. The identity of the last-minute suitor …