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Premier League: Ighalo Dropped, Cavani Debuts In Man United’s Home Draw Vs Chelsea 

Premier League: Ighalo Dropped, Cavani Debuts In Man United’s Home Draw Vs Chelsea 

Manchester United and Chelsea settled for a share of the spoils following their 0-0 draw at Old Trafford, in the Premier League on Saturday.

It was a game that did not see much fire works from both sides and which lacked many clear scoring opportunities.

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Former Nigeria international Odion Ighalo did not make United squad for the game against the Blues.

New signing and former Paris Saint-Germaine striker Edison Cavani made his debut after he came on in the second half.

Chelsea are now winless in their last eight Premier League away matches against United (five draws, three defeats).

It is the Blues’ longest run without a top-flight win at Old Trafford since a 16-game streak between September 1920 and January 1957. 

The first shot on target came in the 29th minute as 
Reece James looked to sneak a free-kick past De Gea at the near post, but the Spaniard spot it and gathered comfortably.

In the 34th minute Christian Pulisic seized on Fred’s sloppy touch, races to the edge of the penalty area but saw his goal bound shot took a deflection and rolled away for a corner.

United’s big chance came on 35 minutes through Marcus Rashford who was through on goal but couldn’t get his effort past the out-stretched legs of Edourd Mendy.

With four minutes left in the first half, Mendy again made a crucial intervention, tipping wide Mata’s first-time shot from the edge of the area. 

Cavani almost marked his debut for United with a goal with his first touch on 59 minutes but his effort from a Bruno Fernandes low cross narrowly missed the target.

In the 61st minute Pulisic was unlucky not to put Chelsea ahead as he failed to connect with Reece James cross.

Paul Pogba had a good chance to score for United in the 80th minute after a good solo drive into the Chelsea box but Thiago Silva made a timely block to deny the French a goal.

With two minutes left in the game Silva made another timely block this time from former teammate Cavani off a cross from James.

Mendy pulled off a brilliant save in one minute added time as he stretched full length to parry a curler from the edge of the box away for a corner.

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