The spoils were shared by Manchester United and PSV Eindhoven as they played out to a very lacklustre 0-0 draw in their Uefa Champions League Group B encounter at Old Trafford on Wednesday. In the early exchanges the visitors just looked to be staying behind the ball and preventing their hosts from finding a breakthrough. However as the game progressed they managed to string together some attacking options of their own.
For the home side they had a number of early opportunities through Memphis, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Jesse Lingard which just did not count for much in the final third. In the final stages of the half PSV’s Luuk De Jong and Davy Propper combined but the final ball was saved easily by David De Gea. United had an attempt of their own through Anthony Martial who combined with Memphis to send his effort towards the near corner but his shot was turned behind by Jeroen Zoet as the half came to a close.
In the second stanza Wayne Rooney and company started promisingly with a few early chances but once again not able to capitalise on their opportunities. Their early intensity then faded letting the Dutch outfit get into a rhythm as they took a break from defending and attacked through Propper and Juergen Locadia. What may be deemed the best chance of the match fell to the hosts when Ashley Young sent a pass into the path of an oncoming Lingard who leaned back and sent his shot over the crossbar.
Despite the bulk of the possession the Red Devils were unable to break down the Eredivisie side’s defence as the game ended goalless at the be of the 90 minutes. The result means that there is a lot riding on the final game in the group stages for Louis Van Gaal’s charges, who find themselves in second place requiring a win and nothing else at table topping Wolfsburg. For PSV they find themselves in third place and a win against CSKA Moscow could give them a chance should United fail to win all three points in Germany.