A wasteful Manchester United will rue missed chances after being held to a 0-0 draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford.
United needed to win to ease the pressure on manager Louis van Gaal, and while the performance was an improvement in comparison to recent displays, the inability to hit the target was the reason United were unable to collect three points.
However, United will also be disappointed with referee Martin Atkinson. Atkinson waved away two genuine penalty appeals for Manchester United - the first coming after a Willian handball, and the second after Juan Mata was caught late in the box.
Manchester United Player Ratings:
David de Gea: 9 - The Spaniard was back to his best. World-class saves made and solid distribution, never looked like he was going to be beaten.
Ashley Young: 7 - A very good performance defensively. Made a few key challenges and rarely let himself be beaten. Some disappointing crosses late in the game when United went in search of a winner though.
Chris Smalling: 7 - A sluggish start saw him pick up a yellow card. Was composed and back to his best in the second-half however.
Daley Blind: 6 - Poor delivery on set-pieces was a big disappointment. Defended reasonably well but was eventually substituted for Phil Jones.
Matteo Darmian: 6 - A decent return to the team for the Italian. Made some good over-lapping runs but his final ball often lacked quality. Defended OK but will have to continue to improve.
Bastian Schweinsteiger: 6 - A fairly bright start where he pressed and helped United control the game. Faded as the match wore on and struggled to keep up with Chelsea's pace. Still struggling to find his best form.
Juan Mata: 6 - Looked up for it at the start and was probably the best player on the pitch for most of the first-half. Disappeared during the second-half which was disappointing. His early strike which hit the crossbar a highlight.
Ander Herrera: 7.5 - Much improved after the Stoke game. Was intelligent and brave with his passing, won the ball back a few times, and was a nuisance to the Chelsea midfield. Probably should have scored in the second-half but it was a good game in an advanced midfield role.
Wayne Rooney: 6.5 - His first touch and passing was a lot better than it has been for most of the season. However he could have won the match at the end had he elected to headed the ball rather than attempt a volley.
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson: 6.5 - Decent cameo. Whipped in a brilliant cross for Rooney and looked a threat with his overlapping runs.
Phil Jones: 5 - Had little time to impact the game.
Memphis Depay: 5 - Little time and when he had the ball he was sloppy.