UK Bruno Fernandes's words to teammates at Chelsea highlight Man United's problem last minute news
PremierLeague-News.Com- Man United endured their fifth goalless draw with a Premier League 'big six' side at Chelsea and are now 12 points behind Man City.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Manchester United were on their last charge and Scott McTominay, on his last legs, botched the breakaway. It was the 89th minute but Bruno Fernandes raised the white flag. "Come on, guys, it's the best chance. Come on." United's unbeaten domestic away run started at Chelsea and it has not ended there. That is of little consolation after a result that confirmed their status as also-rans in another Premier League season devoid of a championship challenge. Manchester City have the benefit of a 12-point advantage. United's 'assault' ended before it had even started with the momentum-killing defeat to Sheffield United and draw with Arsenal. Their appalling 'big six' record, enviable last season, is now lamentable. United have not scored a goal from open play against their fellow power players in the Premier League for eight hours. Ironically, United are the league's highest scorers yet it is difficult to recall an outstanding chance they have fashioned amid the glut of goalless games in the last five months, the first of those coming against Chelsea in the reverse fixture. United were denied a probable penalty when Callum Hudson-Odoi brainlessly raised his hand to the ball inside his own area but they cannot depend on Bruno Fernandes spotkicks. Fernandes penalties are United's only goals in their last eight league fixtures against the 'big six'. Dropping Anthony Martial failed to cure United's impotence. Daniel James pressed off the ball but did not impress on it, Mason Greenwood was collared by his manager over his supine centre forward play and Marcus Rashford was invariably on the margins. United ended up introducing the misfiring Martial for the unfortunate Greenwood in what is becoming a trite tactic in removing the teenager. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lamented the absence of the Old Trafford denizens and may now pine more for the raucous away following. United supporters never lack tools to make a din in the Shed End and the players were poorer without them. The cheerleading from the United bench amounted to two deserved rounds of applause for David de Gea's superb denial of Hakim Ziyech. Chelsea came into this unbeaten under Thomas Tuchel and United were undefeated in 26 domestic away matches.
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. Tuchel rued Chelsea's failure to convert the game's standout chances, having weathered United's sterile domination. United need a '9' without the name 'Martial' above the number.
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Nicky Butt, a participant during United's longest unbeaten run at Stamford Bridge, impatiently suggested solutions to elicit a breakthrough long before the hour. Instead, Solskjaer's tone was more cautious, with Scott McTominay instructed to 'shield' and even Bruno Fernandes reminded to keep tabs on N'Golo Kante. United railed against such conservatism through Luke Shaw's surges, McTominay's strike and a Fred shot that did not hit row Z. That brought a smile to Solskjaer's face and earned a thumbs up. His face must turn into a frown at the realisation his most consistent attacking performer is his left-back. Shaw has belatedly embraced the demands of a modern full-back and his indefatigable running energised United's attacks more than any of the forwards. Fernandes failed to conjure up a magic moment for the sixth time against the Premier League's elite. Stamford Bridge's acoustics for behind-closed-doors games are unrivalled due to the proximity of the press box with the dugouts. Harry Maguire duped the referee Stuart Attwell and an incredulous Olivier Giroud justifiably asked: "Why you lie?" Solskjaer more than once reminded McTominay to watch his back and echoed Mark Dempsey's demand in the warm-up for 'quicker' play. Tuchel was unable to rein in his emotions as much as the measured Solskjaer, lamenting the 'ridiculous' decision to award McTominay a foul. Butt, still in the United dugout as the main coaching staff continue to self-isolate, could not resist lecturing Tuchel and Solskjaer was struggling not to laugh at his opposite number's irritation. Solskjaer was somehow not as vexed as Tuchel when Attwell reviewed Hudson-Odoi's transgression and concluded it did not warrant a penalty. The review was communicated so poorly Chelsea substitutes vacated their seat in search of a monitor. Maguire viewed the replay on the dedicated VAR monitor and did not conceal his opinion, nor did he forget to be on the case of the sloppy Aaron Wan-Bissaka, urged to 'tidy up' down United's right. On the opposite flank, Shaw was instructed to overlap more so Rashford could move infield in a front three that was too rigid despite their capacity to switch roles. United still lack a player, particularly in Paul Pogba's absence, to pick up the baton from Fernandes. The 20-game unbeaten away run is of little consequence to a success-starved star like the Portuguese and the wait for a United title will tick to nine years.
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