All in all, a very encouraging match for Louis van Gaal to ponder. Unless he goes of his own accord, I can’t see him leaving in the next few days. But don’t worry, there’s still time: Manchester United host Swansea on Saturday. Plenty of opportunity for an underwhelming performance there.
Both teams might have won this. Manchester United hit the woodwork twice and Courtois made a wonderful point-blank save in the second half, whilst Rooney could have scored a late winner. Chelsea’s best opportunities fell to Matic – who missed a one-on-one – and Terry who had a close-range header turned over the bar. De Gea also made an excellent double save to deny Pedro and then Azpilicueta.