Hull hold Man United
MANCHESTER, England (AP):
Manchester United missed a chance to gain some ground on their rivals for Champions League qualification by drawing 0-0 at home to relegation-threatened Hull yesterday, the latest setback for Jose Mourinho's side in the Premier League.
It was a third straight league draw for United, who dominated the match at Old Trafford but failed to break through because of a mixture of poor finishing and inspired goalkeeping by Elvin Jakupovic.
The top four - Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool all dropped points yesterday but United couldn't take advantage against a team that started the game in last place. United stayed sixth, four off fourth-place Liverpool and a distant 14 points behind leaders Chelsea.
Burnley and Stoke had already held United to draws at Old Trafford this season, despite being under pressure for most of the game, and this was another 90 minutes of frustration for United.
Hull even came close to winning, with Lazar Markovic - one of a host of January recruits by new manager Marco Silva - curling a shot against the post on a counterattack.
Juan Mata had United's best chance, but Jakupovic produced a brilliant low save to deny the substitute in the 73rd minute. Jakupovic also denied Paul Pogba with flying saves in both first halves, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic wasted a host of half-chances.