Manchester United and Chelsea have both had leaky defences so far this season.

United have already lost 6-1 at home to Tottenham while Chelsea have had 3-3 draws with West Brom and Southampton.

Many might have expected an open, exciting affair when the two sides met on Saturday, but it was a cagey, cautious 0-0 draw.

In the Times, Tony Cascarino said he could understand why Frank Lampard set up his side with caution, but criticised Solskjaer’s team selection.

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“Given Chelsea’s issues in defence, I can understand why Frank Lampard adopted a more defensive approach.

“Yet it was remarkable that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer picked such a negative team. Scott McTominay and Fred offered no creativity from midfield and Dan James is woefully out of form in attack.

“They were crying out for a driving force from midfield and yet Donny van de Beek remained on the bench. He is a game-changer; the type of player who can turn draws into victories.

“He must be wondering why United signed him. If Solskjaer harbours serious ambitions of challenging for the title, he must be prepared to take more risks.”

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Solskjaer’s plan looked to be to keep it tight in the first half before making early subs in the second period to win the game.

But United actually got worse when Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba came on; their attacking game became disjointed and the game fizzled out.

The team selection and performance did dampen some of the optimism growing at United after the win in Paris last week.

But it was also a sign of tiredness in the United ranks; the second half display was leggy and in those circumstances, Solskjaer opted for safety first.

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