Manchester United lost further ground to Premier League leaders Manchester City as they played out a 0-0 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The Red Devils are now 12 points behind Pep Guardiola’s seemingly unstoppable side, who are well on their way to a third title in four seasons.
Elsewhere, Liverpool returned to winning ways against Sheffield United and Arsenal came from behind to beat Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.
A Gareth Bale-inspired Tottenham cruised past Burnley 4-0, while Crystal Palace and Fulham played out a dour 0-0 draw.
Another twist in the bout for the top 4 pic.twitter.com/SQ3NyfWbdr
— Premier League (@premierleague) February 28, 2021
Chelsea 0-0 Manchester United: Red Devils’ ‘big six’ struggles continue
While this result stretched United’s unbeaten away run in the league to a whopping 20 matches – the joint-fifth-longest run in top-flight history – there was still a sense of disappointment at full-time.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have now failed to score in their last six league meetings with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City or Tottenham, with each of their last four such matches finishing goalless.
This fixture has now finished 0-0 in both matches in a single league campaign for just the second time, the other occasion coming back in 1921-22.
It marked the first time Chelsea have drawn 0-0 against an opponent home and away in the Premier League in the same season for the first time since 2008-09 against Everton, while United last did so against Aston Villa in 1996-97.
Thomas Tuchel can at least toast becoming just the second coach to not concede a single goal in his first four home matches in the Premier League after Brendan Rodgers in 2011-12 with Swansea City. Including his final two such matches in charge of Paris Saint-Germain, Tuchel has gone six games without conceding at home in league competition.
Not the result we were looking for, but today’s draw makes it #PL away games unbeaten for the Reds.
We go again on Wednesday
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 28, 2021
Sheffield United 0-2 Liverpool: Klopp’s men get back on track
After four consecutive top-flight defeats champions Liverpool got their top-four bid back on track at Bramall Lane.
Curtis Jones opened the scoring with his second goal for the Reds. In doing so, he became the youngest Liverpool player (20 years and 29 days) to score an away Premier League goal since Raheem Sterling in December 2014 against Burnley (20y 18d).
Their second – an own goal by Kean Bryan – was their 7,000th in the English top-flight, becoming only the second team to reach that tally after Merseyside rivals Everton (7,108).
Adrian was in goal for Jurgen Klopp’s men and the Spaniard has now been on the winning side in 10 of his 12 Premier League starts for the club, although this was only his third clean sheet.
The Blades, meanwhile, have now lost 21 games this season. They are the first side since Newport County in the fourth tier in 1970-71 to lose as many as 21 of their first 26 matches in an English Football League season.
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