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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watches from the touchline during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. Photo: Ian Walton/PA Wire

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watches from the touchline during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. Photo: Ian Walton/PA Wire

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watches from the touchline during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. Photo: Ian Walton/PA Wire

Manchester United’s draw with Chelsea showed why Manchester City are running away with the Premier League. Here were two teams who began the season with title hopes and will probably end up qualifying for the Champions League. They produced 90 minutes of such excruciating tedium it might have been designed to disprove the claim that watching sport is good for your mental health.

Chelsea’s caution may be forgiveable because Thomas Tuchel is still settling in as manager. United have no such excuse. Their performance at Stamford Bridge was the latest proof of how the sight of decent opposition brings out Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s inner-Mourinho.


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