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How Twitter reacted to Man Utd and Chelsea’s inevitable 0-0 draw

| 29.12.2015

Punters weren’t particularly impressed by Manchester United or Chelsea following their 0-0 draw at Old Trafford, which is why the former are out to 11/10 to earn a top-four finish and the latter are 7/2 just to crack the top six.

The reaction of Twitter observers to the stalemate in December 28’s headline encounter was similarly scornful, with Louis van Gaal, Wayne Rooney and BT Sport’s man-of-the-match decision-makers among those to take a kicking.

Let’s start though with perhaps the most apt comment of all, the claim that both the Reds and Blues were lucky to be playing each other:

Van Gaal claimed that the performance – which saw Man Utd hit the woodwork twice and have two decent penalty appeals denied – proved that there was no need to change the manager. Others weren’t so convinced:

The Dutchman can at least claim vindication that he encouraged his side to attack despite delivering another 0-0 draw, with these graphics highlighting their greater ambition:

Another protagonist who received more praise than he has become accustomed to recently was Wayne Rooney, but not everyone agreed that his improvement was worth the accolades that it brought:

There was however near-universal acclaim for goalkeepers David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois, inspiring this cheeky suggestion that the likes of Leicester may have been watching intently:

Finally, it was fair play to Chelsea fans for trying to find some material with which to taunt their slightly less shambolic hosts, yet it didn’t require much imagination to shut them down:

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Alex Fortune