MOTD halftime- Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

Manchester United are still tied with rivals Chelsea at halftime in the English Premier League, with Chelsea desperately needing a win to take them into third place.  The match started fairly slowly, although Chelsea were getting much freedom down the right flank.  The flow of the game became very open as both sides settled into the match, and Oscar almost put Chelsea in front in the fourteenth minute.  Oscar took on Vidic, and after taking the ball up to the edge of the eighteen yard box, spanked a shot on goal, which United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard amazingly managed to push onto the post, before smothering the rebound.

Although very open, the match lacked a bit of zip.  Demba Be attempted to put Chelsea in front in the thirtieth minute after he cut inside from the left, but his shot across goal dipped wide of the frame.  United almost took the lead ten minutes later when Ryan Giggs beautiful through ball from the left curled around David Luiz to Robin van Persie, who flicked a volley just wide of the near post.  Oscar almost gave Chelsea the lead in the forty-third minute, but his low shot from the right flashed just wide of the far post.  In the final seconds of the half Van Persie came close to giving United the lead when Vidic’s cross from the left found the Van Persie in miles of space, and the Dutchman’s bullet header from seven yards out was smothered by Cech. Neither side could take the lead though, and the first half ended 0-0.  The second half is sure to be exciting, so look out for my full time review, right here on Football Every Day!

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