UEFA Champions League
Manchester United vs. PSV Eindhoven
Venue: Old Trafford
Date: Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Kick-off: 19:45 BST
Manchester United recorded a drab 0-0 draw at home to PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League.
On the 10th Anniversary of the passing of one of United’s greatest players, George Best, failure to make home advantage count could prove costless for the European campaign this season.
The home side saw plenty of the ball and created a number of half chances, but nothing clear cut, on a hugely disappointing night at Old Trafford.
A bright start from United saw Jesse Lingard play the ball in-field to Bastian Schweinsteiger, who took on a shot with his weaker left foot, and saw the ball held by Jeroen Zoet in the PSV goal.
Memphis, playing against his former club, also saw a shot held after cutting in from the left-hand side onto his right foot.
Lingard’s superb pass allowed Matteo Darmian’s cross to be cleared behind for a corner which ended up with Wayne Rooney on the edge of the box, and his pass allowed Morgan Schneiderlin to whip in a cross, only for Lingard to fail to connect with the ball from an attempted overhead kick.
Rooney’s pull back from the right was dummied by Anthony Martial, but Lingard’s touch let him down as Zoet claimed the loose ball, before Hector Moreno blocked Rooney’s shot moments later.
Left-back Joshua Brenet turned Marcos Rojo’s dangerous cross behind for a corner as Jesse Lingard was lurking at the far post, and Daley Blind’s in-swinging delivery found the touch from Schneiderlin, but Zoet was able to stop the ball on the line.
David De Gea’s flying save saw him catch Jorrit Hendrix’s effort as the Mexican combination of Andres Guardado and Moreno saw the latter head over from the former’s corner.
A neat passing move from the hosts led to Lingard’s blocked shot, but the ball dropped to Martial, only for Zoet to produce a fine save to deny the Frenchman.
Lingard saw a shot held before De Gea did likewise with Davy Propper’s attempt at the other end, before a Memphis through ball to Martial led to Zoet turning the ball around his near post for a corner, as half-time arrived with the game goalless.
After the interval and United continued to search for the opening, with Schneiderlin heading over from Blind’s corner.
Martial’s right-wing cross was glanced wide by the head of Lingard before Memphis saw a shot held.
A decent spell for PSV saw Luuk De Jong fire wide whilst Jurgen Locadia dragged a shot off target in between two David De Gea saved from Propper.
The best chance of the night fell to Lingard, but he couldn’t keep his effort down after substitute Ashley Young’s cross was deflected into his path.
This was also the final chance of the game, as the remainder of the match saw bookings for De Jong, Lingard and Santiago Arias, but with no opportunities for either side to nick the win.
A missed opportunity for United, who will have to win away in Wolfsburg on Matchday 6 to top Group B, and more than likely need a win to qualify from the group in any respect.
Like many games this season, a slow tempo and plenty of possession leading to very little hindered the chances of claiming a victory.
A trip to Leicester City awaits this Saturday in the teatime game, far from ideal on the back of a Wednesday night Champions League game, but it is up to Louis van Gaal to rally his troops ahead of a difficult fixture.
Manchester United: De Gea; Darmian (Mata 85), Smalling, Rojo, Blind; Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger (Fellaini 58); Lingard, Rooney, Memphis (Young 58); Martial.
Subs: Romero, McNair, Young, Mata, Pereira, Fellaini, Wilson.
Manager: Louis van Gaal
PSV: Zoet; Arias, Bruma, Moreno, Brenet; Hendrix (Isimat-Mirin 60), Propper, Guardado; Narsingh (Pereiro 18), De Jong, Locadia.
Subs: Pasveer, Isimat-Mirin, Pereiro, Schaars, Maher, Poulsen, Bergwijn.
Manager: Phillip Cocu