The unbeaten for Thomas Tuchel start to life at Chelsea continued as the Blues held Manchester United to a goalless stalemate at Stamford Bridge in Sunday’s Premier League battle 02/28/2021.
Both sides enjoyed periods of pressure and possession in the capital, but the defenses in blue and red stood form as Chelsea’s and United’s star-studded attacks struggled to impose themselves on the game.
A relatively tame first half was overshadowed by a controversial penalty incident as the ball struck Callum Hudson-Odoi’s hand, but after a VAR review – in which several players were observing the screen just behind Stuart Attwell – a spot-kick was not given.
Chelsea had the better opportunities throughout the game, as Olivier Giroud was only a whisker away from connecting with Hudson-Odoi’s cross in the first 45, while Hakim Ziyech’s first-time effort on the 49-minute mark was excellently saved by David de Gea.
Tuchel has now extended his unbeaten streak at Stamford Bridge to nine matches, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s visitors have also strung together a nine-game run without losing in all competitions following Sunday’s stalemate.
In an interview after the game, Luke Shaw says the Referee said he didn’t give the penalty because he was afraid of the reaction if he gave it.
Shaw on Hudson Odoi’s handball: “I even heard the referee say to H [Maguire] if I say it’s a pen then it’s going to cause a lot of people to talk afterwards.”