Fletcher: Fans would have upped the tempo
In his analysis on MUTV, club legend Darren Fletcher reckons it was a fair result at Old Trafford...
"I think it was fair result. Both teams didn't do enoguh to win the game. Both teams were worried about each other on the counterattack, you could see that, so they didn't want to throw too many players forward and take the game to the opposition becasue they knew they could be vulnerable and exposed on the counterattack. It probably just shows you where both teams are just now: maybe conceding more goals right now, not as defensively solid as they'd like to be, so having more numbers behind te ball and nullifying the threat of the opposition as well. With no fans in the stadium as well, you lose that thing of urging you forward and getting frustrated and things like that. Becasue fans wouldn't have allowed the game to be as tactical and as played the way it was today. So that's another big influence that fans have over teams and over performances." There were very few shots on target to talk about, and right at the end we might have snatched it, with Bruno at the end. Unfortunately it didn't hit the target. But it was a tactical battle as you say and neither team could really stretch the other enough? "It was a tactical battle. You get bodies behind the ball and it's hard to break teams down. We know transitions are where a lot of balls are scored - turnovers in dangerous areas - and both teams didn't allow that and it didn't manufacture itself. We weren't good enoguh to break each other down. Didn't get enoguh bodies forward and create overloads to take the game to the opposition. It was one of those games. To be honest, I think both teams will settle for it. We want to win games, but off the back of a difficult result in Europe, to come here against Man City, to get a point, you think to yourself: okay, not the worst thing in the world. A clean sheet, you can move forward. So I think both teams will look and go : we're playing against a rival, in a derby, with two top quality sides, so we'll take the point and we'll move on and we'll see what's next for the challenges ahead." Who do you think was our standout performer, if there was one player you could single out? "I think everybody [played well]. I thoguh there was a lot of good performances. Wan-Bissaka's defending one-v-one v Sterling was very good. They did get in a few times down that left-hand side, but his defending was good one-v-one.Harry Maguire's had a fantastic block. We talk about scoring goals - that's a match-winning block he had. The midfielder's were good. To a man, everybody did their job and put a shift in for the team. I liked Marcus Rashford's movement. He was threatening in behind a lot more, like we asked for at half-time, it's just a shame his team-mates weren't brave enoguh to try it [the difficult passes]. Listen, sometimes you've got to try it. It's not going to come off all the time, but it's amazing what a long ball in behind, a run [can do]. It can create space in front, and also if you get in, it can be devastating. But I was very impressed with Marcus Rashford doing that today. Hopefully it's something that can pay off in future."