Chelsea left Old Trafford with a point to show for their efforts. Both keepers played exceptionally well, with the rest of the Blues putting in a relatively uninspired performance.
Chelsea were fortunate not to concede during the first half. Manchester United hit the post on several occasions, but were unable to convert. The Blues also had a chance from a corner, where John Terry redirected a strong header on net, but David De Gea made quite an impressive effort to keep it out.
There were several yellow cards given, as it was a bit of a chippy half. John Obi Mikel picked up a smart yellow card, fouling to prevent a breakaway. Morgan Schneiderlin and Chris Smalling both picked up yellow cards for fouls.
The second half was as uninspired as the first. Neither team were able to get on the scoresheet.
Courtois made an excellent save to deny Ander Herrera from just inside the 6 yard area.
Matic also had a chance in the second half, but completely botched the breakaway attempt, sending his shot high over the bar.
Chelsea can look at this game in several ways. The Blues are still undefeated under Guus Hiddink with two ties. They picked up two points against two teams sitting in 6th and 7th.
The Watford game was more disappointing as it was there for the taking. This match represented a poor performance from the Blues. They looked uninspired, boring and unimaginative.
Ivanovic continues to be a weak spot on the right side of the defense, with faster attackers burning him every chance they get, today being Martial. It’s time to move Azpilicueta over and persist with Baba Rahman or Kenedy on the left.
Chelsea also clearly missed Diego Costa, as they had no real target player to play an outlet pass or to hold the ball up.
Furthermore, John Obi Mikel shouldn’t be a Chelsea player anymore. He’s such a waste of space in the squad. At times, it feels as if they’re a man down. He should be sold in January, he has no use in the squad. I would much rather see Loftus-Cheek getting game time.
Which brings me to my next point. The young Englishman has to get in time in the team. There is no reason not to play him. Chelsea have been poor. He deserves a shot at this point. And not a half against Aston Villa, a real run in the side. Kenedy also deserves a chance as he has been bright whenever he plays.
Overall, there are many ways to look at this match. My take is that they are still a long way away from being able to mount a run up the table and even further away from a real chance in the Champions League this season.