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:
The sad truth for United AND Chelsea fans is that both teams probably would have lost today if they hadn’t played each other #bbcfootball
— Helles Mammut (@HellesMammut80) December 28, 2015
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:
That result is an even bigger indictment on Louis Van Gaal. Best stuff they’ve played in months, and yet they still draw 0-0.
— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven) December 28, 2015
That was LVG’s sixth 0-0 draw in his last 14 matches… United didn’t have a single 0-0 draw in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last 116 matches #MUFC
— Kevin Palmer (@kpsundayworld) December 28, 2015
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:
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 28, 2015
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:
BT Sports: Wayne Rooney MOTM pic.twitter.com/LwZgnBuNd8
— Ciarán Lenehan (@CiaranLen) December 28, 2015
— Ali Yaniu (@yaniu8) December 29, 2015
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:
Both De Gea and Courtois making a case for a move to a top-four club!
— Jonny Singer (@Jonny_Singer) December 28, 2015
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:
Chelsea fans sing: “Thursday nights, Channel 5” Man Utd fans respond: “Going down, going down”
— Paul Hirst (@hirstclass) December 28, 2015
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