Chelsea, Manchester United Play’s 0-0 Draw,
And Lampard Rule’s Penalty Decision
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard insisted his team should have received a penalty for a first-half foul on Cesar Azpilicueta in Saturday’s goalless draw at Manchester United.
Blues captain Azpilicueta was dragged to the ground by United captain Harry Maguire, whose left arm was wrapped tightly around the Spaniard’s neck. The incident was reviewed by the VAR, but Maguire and United escaped punishment.
“I thought it was a clear penalty,” Lampard said. “Holding is allowed, but not locks.
“Obviously I didn’t see it at the time from where I’m standing. They are difficult calls for umpires on the field, but the VAR was very quick to dismiss them in my opinion.
“I think they should have taken the time and advised the referee to look at the monitor. If the referee approaches the monitor, he gives a penalty ”.
United, which remains stuck in the lower half of the table, was at least able to avoid losing a third straight league game at home at the start of the season for the first time since 1930.
Furthermore, they can also point to three good saves by Edouard Mendy, two to deny Marcus Rashford, including one in the last minute, and another where Bruno Fernandes was frustrated.
Chelsea’s biggest scare was Mendy passing the ball through his goal and going for a corner in the first half when he tried to pass Thiago Silva.
Neither Edinson Cavani, in his debut, nor Paul Pogba could turn things around in favor of the locals after they were introduced as substitutes. Mason Greenwood had the last eight minutes to make a good impression, but he didn’t
After conceding three goals in two of their three previous league games, Saturday’s clean sheet, after similarly denying Sevilla on Wednesday, provides Chelsea with the kind of platform they have been lacking so far this season. .
Thiago Silva’s return to anchor a three-man defense provided solidity. However, it also seemed to cost Chelsea their advantage in attack.
Too often, Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic were left trying to take on the United defense alone, and rarely did the visitors exert concerted pressure around the United area, despite dominating possession for long periods.
England defender Reece James looked like the most inventive attacking threat of his with his powerful blasts down the right flank. However, his last ball was poor and United goalkeeper David de Gea did not have to make a significant save.
Sixth place may look presentable to Lampard’s men at the moment, but they could slide down the league over the weekend and obviously a big summer outlay is yet to be paid.