Saturday 18 January 2020

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



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


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


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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