Manchester United’s draw at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea had a familiar and predictable feel.
Too many times this season United have drawn 0-0 in big Premier League games.
United have now had two 0-0 draws with Chelsea, one at Arsenal, another at Liverpool, and another at home to City.
There was some understandable criticism after this latest result that United may have been happy with the result, too comfortable with a point.
Captain Harry Maguire indicated this was not the case with his message after the match.
Maguire posted on Instagram saying that United ‘need to find a way’ to win these matches.
United’s cause was not helped by the referee in this game, with Stuart Attwell bottling a clear penalty call in the first half.
Callum Hudson-Odoi handballed inside his own penalty area and despite the incident going to a VAR review and quite obviously showing the Chelsea man handled the ball, no penalty was given.
The rest of the game was a to-and-fro tactical battle where both sides enjoyed spells of dominance.
United had 11 shots in total, four of which hit the target. The players needed to be more clinical.
Late in the game United broke forward and had two men free in the penalty area, but Scott McTominay was slow to cross the ball and his final delivery was poor.
These kind of moments require clinical precision and are the difference between winning matches and drawing. United just didn’t have it on Sunday.
The continued failure to convert these results into wins is frustrating. The foundation for success is there, but United need to be bolder.
Solskjaer using just one of three available substitutes indicates he needs to gamble more.
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