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Saturday 27 May 2017

Chelsea v Manchester United player ratings

Eden Hazard was in fine form as Chelsea thrashed Manchester United
Eden Hazard was in fine form as Chelsea thrashed Manchester United

PLAYER RATINGS

Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois: Had so little to do, but when he did he excelled, notably when producing a fine save to deny Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the second half. 7

Cesar Azpilicueta: Continues to convince in what was expected to be an unnatural position as one of three central defenders. Adaptability ag ain important. 8

David Luiz: Reasonably authoritative and contributed much to a fine defensive performance which largely nullified United's attacking threat. 7

Gary Cahill: Scored his team's second goal with a fine finish, and also showed greater composure and confidence in defence after a difficult start to the season. 8

Victor Moses: Work-rate impressed from the wing-back position, contributing in both the first and final thirds. Few expected him to have a significant role this season but a first-team place is his to lose. 7

Marcos Alonso: A disciplined, composed performance did much to prevent Jesse Lingard's pace threatening. 7

N'Golo Kante: Positional discipline in front of the defence and work-rate did much to contribute to United's frustrations. Attacking efforts got the goal they deserved. 8

Nemanja Matic: Impressive off the ball and rarely gave Paul Pogba, the world's most expensive player, the time and space he would have preferred. 7

Pedro: Mobile and intelligent. His opening-minute goal likely ruined United's gameplan. Also linked well with Hazard and Costa. 8

Eden Hazard: Chelsea's most impressive player. Contributed much to their clinical performance and scored their third goal. 9

Diego Costa: Typically hard-working and physical, his presence and largely selfless performance unsettled United's poor defence. 8

Substitutes

Nathaniel Chalobah (for Pedro, 71): Job was done by the point of his introduction but presence of a youth player provided a real contrast with the Mourinho era. 6

Michy Batshuayi (for Costa, 78): Had little to do but athleticism meant United could not switch off. 6

Willian (for Hazard, 78): Work-rate continued to close United out until the final whistle. 6

Manchester United

David de Gea: Poor from a goalkeeper widely considered the Premier League's best. Lack of composure contributed to Chelsea's damaging opening goal. 5

Antonio Valencia: Below the high standards he has recently set. Struggled with Pedro and Hazard. 5

Eric Bailly: Forced off early in the second half but had struggled. 5

Chris Smalling: Again lacked conviction and authority. As much to blame as anyone for the concession of four goals. 5

Daley Blind: Reasonably impressive. Was positive in possession. Far from his fault he had few options with the ball. 6

Marouane Fellaini: United's worst performer. Does not deserve his place at a club with such ambitions. 4

Ander Herrera: Did not have the influence he has recently exerted, but lacked the support needed from those around him. 6

Jesse Lingard: Showed little desire or belief. Second-half substitution came as little surprise. 5

Paul Pogba: The world's most expensive player again failed to justify his transfer fee. 6

Marcus Rashford: Far from convincing, but not to blame when played out of position on the wing. 6

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Provided United's only true threat on goal, but even then rarely looked like scoring. 6

Subs

Juan Mata (for Fellaini, 46): An improvement on Fellaini, but did little to lift his team. 6

Marcos Rojo (for Bailly, 52): Every bit as poor as Bailly. Unlikely to have earned a starting position. 5

Anthony Martial (for Lingard, 65): Capable of so much more than he offered, though United were already 3-0 down when he was introduced. 5

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