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Old Trafford 26th August 2013 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: M Atkinson

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  1. That's all from me for this evening. Thanks for following the live clockwatch - join us again soon.

  2. United move on to another big game on Sunday - a trip to face Liverpool, who have won both of their opening Premier League fixtures 1-0. As for Chelsea, they go to Prague to take on Bayern Munich for the UEFA Super Cup on Friday. Their next league game isn't until September 14th, when they're away to Everton.

  3. So Wayne Rooney turned in an all-action display for Manchester United, but Chelsea defended resolutely and the game ended goalless. The Blues move a point clear of Liverpool at the top of the early table having played three games, while United rise to fourth.

  4. FT

    Full-time: Manchester United 0 Chelsea 0.

  5. 90+3

    A period of worry from the set-piece, but Chelsea eventually clear.

  6. 90+3

    Final Chelsea change - Azpilicueta ON, Hazard OFF.

  7. 90+3

    United break and Young wins a corner off Cole. Last chance...

  8. 90

    Into three minutes of added-on time.

  9. 88

    A glimpse of goal for United. Van Persie slams a volley into the body of Mikel and appeals for a penalty, but Atkinson isn't moved.

  10. 87

    A second Chelsea change - Mikel ON, Schurrle OFF.

  11. 86

    Tempo seems to be dropping now, understandably. Could both teams be settling for a point here?

  12. 83

    Vidic's elbow catches Evra as both United players leap to challenge Terry. Treatment needed.

  13. Ten minutes left - can we find a winner? United are 9/2 with Sky Bet, Chelsea are 13/2.

  14. 80

    Torres is the second player booked by Atkinson tonight, for a foul on Cleverley.

  15. 79

    2nd United change - Giggs ON, Welbeck OFF.

  16. 78

    Welbeck is presented with a gilt-edged headed chance from the corner, but he miscues it badly.

  17. 77

    Rooney rips a well-struck 25-yard shot that Cech has to dive to his right to push out for a corner.

  18. 75

    Chelsea have won their first corner after a slight mix-up between De Gea and Vidic. United struggle to clear the ball until Rooney tackles Ramires - for which he receives a round of applause.

  19. 73

    Rooney's cross-field pass to Young wide right is a peach, and sets up two deliveries - the first headed back to Young by Terry, but the second causing Chelsea real problems and Cech has to bat the ball away.

  20. 71

    Evra heads away Lampard's left-wing cross, and then Ashley Cole goes down in the area claiming he's been pulled by Phil Jones. Referee Atkinson says 'no penalty'.

  21. Chelsea are 4/1 with Sky Bet to win this in the live in-play betting market. United are 9/4, and the draw is 4/5.

  22. 69

    Evra passes the ball straight off the pitch after dribbling down the left wing. Inexplicable.

  23. 66

    First United substitution - Ashley Young ON, Valencia OFF.

  24. 65

    Rooney tries his luck from 30 yards, but Cech makes the save.

  25. 63

    Cole blocks Valencia's right-wing cross. Seconds earlier, Torres had galloped into the United penalty area but his run was blocked by Vidic.

  26. 62

    A big handball shout for United and their fans, but referee Atkinson says no. Cleverley acrobatically shot into Lampard, who turned his body.

  27. 60

    First change, and it's for Chelsea - Torres ON, De Bruyne OFF.

  28. 60

    Schurrle hits the crossbar but he's already been flagged offside. Evra lost the German briefly.

  29. 59

    Cleverley blocks De Bruyne's shot and then the ball falls nicely for Cahill to strike a true shot from distance, but De Gea saves.

  30. 58

    Burst of pace from Valencia takes him round Cole and away down the right but the pass is intercepted by Terry.

  31. 56

    Slips from De Bruyne, Ramires and then Terry benefit United as the ball is fed from left to right with Rooney slipping in Welbeck. But his shot from inside the area is hugely disappointing.

  32. 54

    Carrick's diagonal ball wide left finds Welbeck in space. The England forward dashes infield and tries an ambitious shot which is well wide.

  33. 52

    Oscar is penalised for a high boot on Welbeck right in front of Mourinho, who is animated to say the least.

  34. 51

    A routine save for De Gea, as Hazard shoots low from the edge of the area.

  35. 49

    Van Persie backs into Terry on the right side of the area, the Chelsea defender doing enough to put the Dutchman off. Then Terry clears as Welbeck attacks down the left channel.

  36. 47

    Cahill's header from Evra's cross finds Valencia in space, but United can't make anything of the opening. Chelsea break but are thwarted 30 yards from goal.

  37. 46

    United kick off the second half. Phil Jones is fine to continue.

  38. Players are back out for the second half. No substitutions.

  39. HT

    So, it's still all square. Some interesting refereeing in there, and that for me might be the biggest talking point of the first half. What did you make of that opening 45 minutes? Let me know. Email me at or tweet me at @jonboy79.

  40. HT

    Half-time: Manchester United 0 Chelsea 0.

  41. 45

    One minute of added-on time to be played.

  42. 45

    Phil Jones is still limping after that earlier fall - he might not re-appear for the second half at this rate.

  43. 44

    De Gea has to save from Oscar again, a low shot from a central position outside the box. Hazard had set up the chance after De Bruyne's pass forward found him.

  44. 42

    Van Persie almost gets to the ball in the box after a cleverly-worked move instigated by Rooney. Intelligent play from United.

  45. 41

    United possession now standing at 58%. They've had two corners, while Chelsea are yet to win any.

  46. 38

    Phil Jones is holding the small of his back after landing awkwardly from a leap to win a header above Ashley Cole. He's soon back on his feet though, and his low right-wing cross is toed away by Terry into the path of Cleverley, who shoots from 20 yards - but it's always rising.

  47. 36

    Ferdinand swings in another deep cross and Terry is briefly grounded after heading clear under pressure from Valencia.

  48. 34

    Hazard does brilliantly to race back and dispossess Valencia, who had danced around three Chelsea players on the right wing.

  49. 32

    And De Bruyne becomes the first player booked as he tangles with Van Persie on the touchline. The Belgian comes off far worse though, and is left with a bloody lip.

  50. 31

    Intricate build-up play from Chelsea ends with De Bruyne failing to thread a pass into the box.

  51. 29

    More leniency from Atkinson - this time, Valencia gets a stern talking-to but no more after a late slide tackle on Oscar near the halfway line.

  52. 28

    Cleverley's skip and pass allows Rooney to turn away from Ramires and Cahill on the edge of the box - but his low shot is tame and easy for Cech to claim.

  53. 25

    Ivanovic has to head away Valencia's right-wing delivery as van Persie was lurking at the far post. Chelsea defend the corner and try to counter.

  54. 24

    Evra loops in a cross from the left and van Persie gets his head to it, but he couldn't get any real control or power.

  55. 23

    After Carrick closes down Ramires, van Persie gets the ball just outside the box and chooses to take it round Ivanovic and let fly with a fierce left-foot shot that hits the side-netting. Close.

  56. 22

    Oscar's shot goes well wide and it's not even a corner. Replays suggest it might have grazed Phil Jones' knee, however.

  57. 21

    Stylish footwork from van Persie, who pirouettes towards the area from the left wing. Chelsea prevent him or Rooney from entering the box, however.

  58. 19

    A scrappy spell develops, with several throw-ins on the near touchline.

  59. 17

    Vidic heads Oscar's cross right back to him, and then Ivanovic fires over from long range. United have had 57% of possession so far.

  60. 16

    Terry is there to clear the danger as United attack down the right-hand side.

  61. 15

    Now Cole escapes a booking for a tackle from behind on van Persie. The Chelsea defender looked a little fortunate to get away with that one. Lenient start from referee Atkinson.

  62. 14

    Replays show Cole turned his back and Jones' cross hit his hand. No free-kick was awarded.

  63. 12

    Some appeals for handball against Ashley Cole outside the box, but the officials let play continue as Chelsea move away from their own area.

  64. 11

    Ivanovic takes decisive action in the box and slides to clear the ball as United looked to work it into the Chelsea area. Terry heads the corner away.

  65. 10

    First real chance - De Gea has to shuffle a little to his left to save Oscar's snapshot. Neither Vidic or Ferdinand could get enough clearance on their headers.

  66. 8

    Great link-up play between Welbeck and Rooney in central midfield - Ramires was struggling to get near them.

  67. 6

    Chants of 'Rooney, Rooney!' from BOTH sets of supporters whenever the United forward gets on the ball, reports Sky Sports' Geoff Shreeves from the touchline. A little message from the Chelsea fans, while the scoreline is still 0-0?

  68. 5

    Rooney pressurises Ashley Cole in the left-back position and then jumps into the back of John Terry, giving away a foul.

  69. 4

    Cahill has to turn on the pace to track the approaching run of Rooney, who is fed accurately by Valencia wide right.

  70. 3

    Welbeck tracks back and wins the ball from Oscar. A sloppy pass from Cleverley allows Chelsea to regain possession, however.

  71. 2

    Schurrle is playing in an advanced centre-forward role for Chelsea. United moving the ball around well in the early stages.

  72. 1

    Chelsea kick us off.

  73. From the @ManUtd Twitter account: 'Tonight, Old Trafford honours the lives of Jack Crompton, Brian Greenhoff and Ron Davies with a minute's applause.' The legends warmly remembered...

  74. And one more fact from our very own @SkySportsStatto on Twitter: 'David Moyes has never won in 8 meetings with Jose Mourinho (all with Everton against Chelsea - D3, L5).' The teams are now on their way out!

  75. A couple of interesting stats for you ahead of kick-off, courtesy of Opta: 1. Manchester United have suffered 14 Premier League defeats against Chelsea; more than against any other side. 2. A win in this game will ensure Chelsea have won their opening three league games in four of the last five seasons.

  76. That brings us on nicely to the match betting. A lot of you are getting involved in Sky Bet's tempting 11/2 boosted odds for Robin van Persie to score the first goal. Anything else caught your eye? Let me know. As for the straightforward stuff, United are 13/10, Chelsea are 9/4 and the draw is 23/10.

  77. David Moyes shares a few words with Sky Sports' Geoff Shreeves before kick-off. When asked if he needed to have any words with Wayne Rooney (who starts against the club who has twice bid for him this summer), Moyes said: 'It never crossed my mind. I just got on with it. He's a Manchester United player - and he'll prove that tonight.'

  78. Jose Mourinho has been talking to the Monday Night Football team. When asked to explain his team selection, he replied: 'I can't - David is in his room listening!' However, he then continued by saying: 'I go for mobility. I want to try to win. I select no target-man, but four attacking players.'

  79. It's not so much the inclusion of Wayne Rooney as the team selection of Mourinho that's got you all talking. What does the next week hold for Chelsea strikers Fernando Torres, Romelu Lukaku and particularly Demba Ba? We're yet to learn why Ba's not involved tonight. And with Juan Mata being benched for such a big game too, that will probably revive talk of his potential exit.

  80. Chelsea bench: Essien, Torres, Mikel, Lukaku, Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Mata.

  81. Man Utd bench: Anderson, Giggs, Smalling, Lindegaard, Young, Kagawa, Buttner.

  82. And Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, De Bruyne, Oscar, Hazard, Schurrle.

  83. Here are the starting line-ups in full. First, Manchester United: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Cleverley, Valencia, Rooney, Welbeck, Van Persie.

  84. As for Chelsea, Jose Mourinho has decided to name a starting XI with no recognised striker. Kevin De Bruyne and Andre Schurrle come in following the 2-1 home win over Aston Villa on Wednesday. Juan Mata drops to the bench, while Demba Ba has not travelled north.

  85. So one change for United after the 4-1 win at Swansea on the opening day - Wayne Rooney comes in for Ryan Giggs, who drops to the bench. Ashley Young is on the bench too after injury, involved for the first time since April.

  86. Confirmed: Wayne Rooney WILL start for Manchester United tonight.

  87. Gary Cahill's been speaking to Sky Sports' Geoff Shreeves ahead of kick-off. The Chelsea defender admits that it's 'a cracking game for the neutral' and when asked if he can provide any clues to the Blues' initial approach tonight, he added: 'Play your way into the game. The first 10 to 15 minutes will be very lively, what with the two managers and the fans.'

  88. We're awaiting the team news, but one thing we do already know is who's refereeing tonight - and that's a point of slight controversy. Martin Atkinson has been selected by PGMOL chief Mike Riley to oversee this one. He was in charge when United lost 2-1 at Chelsea in March 2011 and Sir Alex Ferguson's criticism of the official resulted in a five-game touchline ban for the then Red Devils manager.

  89. The lack of transfer activity at United has frustrated many fans so far this summer, and Moyes adds: 'There is no doubt we are in a transitional period at the club - most people recognise that when a new manager joins - but I'm hoping that it's going to go smoothly and there won't be too many bumps along the way.'

  90. Let's kick off tonight with David Moyes' programme notes for his first home league match as United boss. Having sold a record 63,000 season tickets for the new campaign, Moyes tells the fans: 'I won't be taking that support for granted. I know I have to earn it. I know I have to go out there and show you fans, and everyone at Manchester United, that I'm the right successor.'

  91. If you want to get involved in this live interactive commentary, drop me an email at or tweet me at @jonboy79. I'll include the best contributions as we go along.

  92. Good evening everyone. Welcome along to tonight's live commentary on the Premier League clash between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford. Kick-off is at 8pm.

  93. Kick-off is at 2000 BST...



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Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 4 12
2 Aston Villa 4 10
3 Swansea City 4 9
4 Southampton 4 7
5 Manchester City 4 7
6 Tottenham Hotspur 4 7
7 Arsenal 4 6
8 Liverpool 4 6
9 Manchester United 4 5
10 Hull City 4 5
11 Everton 4 5
12 Leicester City 4 5
13 West Ham United 4 4
14 Stoke City 4 4
15 Sunderland 4 3
16 Queens Park Rangers 4 3
17 Crystal Palace 4 2
18 Burnley 4 2
19 West Bromwich Albion 4 2
20 Newcastle United 4 2