United, Chelsea battle to scoreless draw

Manchester United had the better of David Moyes' first home English Premier League game in charge, though neither the hosts nor Chelsea were able to break the deadlock as they battled to a scoreless draw at Old Trafford Monday night.

Last season's Golden Boot winner Robin van Persie had few chances to give the Red Devils the lead, his best opportunity coming three minutes from time when his goalbound volley deflected to safety off Gary Cahill and John Obi Mikel.

Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to sign Wayne Rooney at some point in the next seven days. Playing in a deeper role than Mourinho would likely use him for Chelsea, the England forward did well on his first start since April, and tested Petr Cech with one late strike.

If anyone looked likely to break the deadlock it was Rooney, who was cheered by both sets of supporters. It did not happen though as both sides were forced to settle for a point which, under the circumstances, neither will be too unhappy with.

The chances Chelsea created came courtesy of Oscar, who schemed intelligently in front of United's four-man defence and twice brought good saves out of David de Gea.

United threatened more but with Terry producing a towering performance after shaking Rio Ferdinand's hand prior to kick-off sights of Cech's goal were equally rare.

The second period began in much the same mild manner. Terry made an important intervention as United pressed, then Welbeck curled an ambitious effort over before lifing a more delicate attempt just wide from Rooney's short pass.

Amid that flurry of activity around the visitors' goal, Eden Hazard fired goalwards from 30 yards but De Gea barely had to move to make the save. 

Rooney brought a full length save out of Cech, before delivering the corner that Danny Welbeck should have threatened with, but missed well-wide instead. Van Persie had one last shot before an quieter game was brought to its conclusion.