MANCHESTER, England — Managers Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank Lampard were keen to take the positives after Manchester United and Chelsea played out a 0-0 draw, but for anyone hoping to find out if either club can take advantage of what looks like the most-open Premier League title race in years, there were few answers in the pouring rain at Old Trafford.
This could have been a day for United or Chelsea — third and fourth last season respectively — to put indifferent starts behind them and announce themselves as genuine contenders while other big clubs also stumble, but by its end, this encounter had only served as more evidence they remain works in progress.
United had the better chances and Chelsea probably should have had a penalty, but there was very little on show to scare the rest of the top flight.
After an unpredictable start to the campaign that has already seen games in which champions Liverpool concede seven and Man City allow five, while Everton, Aston Villa,, Leeds and Crystal Palace race towards the top of the table, Solskjaer and Lampard should have title ambitions.
That both are playing down their chances says