Tale of the game
On Wednesday United wasted the opportunity to maintain the gap behind Chelsea to two points, dropping instead to four points adrift of the leaders with the goalless draw away to Manchester City.
United have drawn half of their games, the first time they have drawn six of their opening 12 since the 2004-05 season. On that occasion United had only 18 points – compared to 24 now – and were seventh in the Premier League.
The midweek draw at Eastlands extended United’s unbeaten league run to 17 games, while it extended their record start in the Premier League without loss to 12, three short of the club record.