Lukewarm anti-derby lacks spectacle but will satisfy Ole Gunnar Solskjær | Barney Ronay

Manchester United’s eerily featureless 0-0 draw with City will at least have eased the pressure on their manager

“Football without fans is nothing,” read the banner draped across the Old Trafford seats on a lukewarm night in Manchester.

Not quite nothing, perhaps. But in these Covid-19 ghost games there is a tendency, now and then, for the occasion to collapse like a deflated meringue if the start is too slow, the mood too muted. Football without fans isn’t nothing. But on nights such as these it can look like 22 men running around while people in padded jackets shout at them.

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