United’s goalless draw at Arsenal followed identical scorelines and similarly quiet displays against Chelsea, Liverpool and City

Another week of lockdown football. Another mannered, quietly deathly game between two of the Premier League’s heavier hitters.

For all the talk of zaniness, of a season up for grabs, the lack of crowds has clearly taken something from these clashes between the Bigger Teams. Often you need a little noise and a little heat to take a chance or two when your opponent might just punish you in return.

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