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Manchester United v Chelsea 
Old Trafford, KO 20:00 BST

Team line-ups

United: De Gea; Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Carrick, Cleverley; Valencia (Young 66), Rooney, Welbeck (Giggs 79); van Persie.
Subs: Lindegaard, Smalling, Buttner, Anderson, Kagawa

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Lampard, Ramires; Oscar; De Bruyne (Torres 60), Hazard (Azpilicueta 93), Schurrle (Mikel 87).
Subs: Schwarzer, Essien, Mata, Lukaku.

26/08/2013 14:41, Report by Ben Hibbs
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Live blog: Chelsea

are already debating and dissecting the match. 'Not a classic' seems to be the general consensus. But let's wait and see what the managers think.

22:00 Check out James Tuck's match report summary and his talking point feature, The Match.

21:58 Stay tuned to for all the post-match reaction from the United dressing room. I'll be reporting here live from David Moyes' press conference. So keep an eye out for quotes from that. 

21:55 That said, it wasn't a game with a glut of goalscoring opportunities. This was in many ways a typical early-season encounter between two title rivals - neither side in full swing yet, neither side having the need to take risks and attack leaving space open at the back. Mourinho's starting line-up suggested he would be happy with a draw, while United played more on the front foot but couldn't find a way through.

21:54 Moyes may well feel aggrieved that United were not awarded a second half penalty when Lampard clearly blocked Cleverley's shot with his hands. It may not have been completely deliberate but it was still handball and it prevented the United midfielder's shot from finding its way towards goal.

21:52 So, what did we learn from tonight's game? Well, it's two new managers still tinkering with their teams to get it absolutely right and, this early in the season, neither title rival seemed willing to gamble and risk conceding ground to one other. That said, United were the more positive team here tonight and David Moyes will take a lot from that.

Full-time: United 0-0 Chelsea.

93 After a scramble in the box, the corner comes to nothing and that's it.

92 Sub: Hazard makes way for Azpilicueta.

92 Chelsea just had an attack which was promptly shut down but then it's the Reds' turn to counter. Ashley Young's

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