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PICS: Manchester Utd frustrated by Chelsea in goalless draw

Last updated on: October 25, 2020 00:23 IST
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Images from Saturday's matches in the Premier League.

Manchester United's Edinson Cavani in action during the Premier League match against Chelsea

IMAGE: Manchester United's Edinson Cavani goes for a header during the Premier League match against Chelsea, at Old Trafford, Manchester, on Saturday. Photograph: Michael Regan/Reuters

Manchester United remain winless at Old Trafford in the Premier League this season after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Chelsea on Saturday.

 

United, who had lost their opening two home games of the season, have seven points from five games and are in 15th place while Chelsea are sixth on nine points from six games.

Marcus Rashford produced the first real effort on goal in the 35th minute when he found himself in space on the right but his low drive was well saved by the out-stretched right leg of Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy.

Mendy was in action again, six minutes later, as he dived to push a Juan Mata snap shot wide of the post.

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford and Chelsea's Thiago Silva battle for possession

IMAGE: Manchester United's Marcus Rashford and Chelsea's Thiago Silva battle for possession. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Searching for a spark to bring the game alive, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought on Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani in the 58th minute.

Uruguayan Cavani, making his United debut, almost scored from his first touch with a clever flick from a Bruno Fernandes cross that zipped into the side-netting.

Chelsea offered little threat and it was United who went the closest to a winner, in the 90th minute with Mendy at full stretch to keep out a well-struck, curling effort from Rashford.

Foden salvages point for Man City at West Ham

Manchester City's Phil Foden celebrates with teammates after scoring the equaliser during the Premier League match against West Ham United

IMAGE: Manchester City's Phil Foden celebrates with teammates after scoring the equaliser during the Premier League match against West Ham United at London Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Youngster Phil Foden came off the bench to inject some life into Manchester City and salvage a point in a 1-1 draw at West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday.

City were abject in the first half despite dominating possession, and in-form West Ham deservedly took the lead through Michail Antonio’s acrobatic volley in the 18th minute.

But Foden, who replaced Sergio Aguero at halftime, prompted a massive improvement for the visitors.

Michail Antonio puts West Ham United ahead during the Premier League match against Manchester City

IMAGE: Michail Antonio puts West Ham United ahead during the Premier League match against Manchester City. Photograph: Justin Tallis - Pool/Getty Images

He equalised in the 51st minute with a sharp near-post finish, and City dominated thereafter but could not find a winner with Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez coming the closest.

West Ham and City both have eight points and sit in 10th and 11th places respectively, although City have a game in hand.

City ended the game with 70% possession but it was hard to make a case that they deserved the three points as their stuttering start to the league season continued.

Zaha takes Palace past struggling Fulham

Wilfried Zaha receives medical assistance after getting injured while scoring Crystal Palace's second goal

IMAGE: Wilfried Zaha receives medical assistance after getting injured while scoring Crystal Palace's second goal during the Premier League match against Fulham, at Craven Cottage in London, on Saturday. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Image

Wilfried Zaha helped Crystal Palace secure a 2-1 Premier League win over bottom side Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday, with the winger scoring one goal and providing the assist for the other.

The victory was Palace’s first since their 3-1 win at Manchester United last month as Roy Hodgson’s side moved up to fifth place on 10 points.

Palace took the lead when Zaha slipped a weighted ball through the defence for midfielder Jairo Riedewald, who slotted his shot past the onrushing goalkeeper Alphonse Areola for his first goal in the Premier League.

Ademola Lookman was Fulham’s brightest spark, and the forward had plenty of opportunities to equalise, having a shot pushed wide by Palace keeper Vicente Guaita before another effort came off the inside of the post.

But the visitors doubled their lead in the second half when Michy Batshuayi fired a low cross into the six-yard box for Zaha to slide in at the far post and tap the ball home.

Scott Parker’s problems were compounded when Fulham were reduced to 10 men late on after substitute Aboubakar Kamara was sent off for a foul on Eberechi Eze.

Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney scored a consolation goal in stoppage time with a long-distance effort, but Palace held on for the victory while winless Fulham remain bottom of the table with just one point.

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