Monday 11 December 2017

Here is how the players rated in Manchester United's win over Chelsea

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford celebrates
Manchester United's Marcus Rashford celebrates

The Premier League title race is wide open once again following Manchester United's 2-0 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford. Here is how the players rated.

MANCHESTER UNITED

DAVID DE GEA: Back after a two-match absence from the starting line-up, the Spain international did not have a save to make. 6

ANTONIO VALENCIA: The marauding right-back has been one of the stars of United's season and produced another solid display full of attacking purpose. 7

ERIC BAILLY: Talented if at times inconsistent, the centre-back was not thrown by Diego Costa's early push. 7

MARCOS ROJO: The Argentina international has stepped up under Jose Mourinho and stood up to Chelsea striker Costa, defending both resolutely and calmly. 8

MATTEO DARMIAN: Given another chance in the starting line-up, the Italian did a sturdy if unspectacular defensive job. 7

MAROUANE FELLAINI: One of four changes to Thursday's draw in Belgium, the divisive midfielder helped contain the leaders. 7

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Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini battles it out for possession with Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

ANDER HERRERA: Dominated the midfield from the outset. The Spaniard provided an assist for the opener - albeit controversially having handled in the build-up - before lashing home a deflected second. 8

PAUL POGBA: The world's most expensive player worked tirelessly and remained disciplined, highlighted by a superb recovery tackle in the first half. 7

ASHLEY YOUNG: Eyebrows were raised when the 31-year-old was named captain but he did not falter here, defending when required and offering an attacking outlet. 7

JESSE LINGARD: Brought pace and width to United's attack, causing no end of problems to Chelsea's re-jigged back-line. 7

MARCUS RASHFORD: Leading the line in place of the "very tired" Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the fleet-footed frontman impressed. The 19-year-old opened the scoring after seven minutes and could have added to that in the second half. 8

SUBS

MICHAEL CARRICK (for Lingard, 60): Brought on as a calming presence in midfield and did just that. 7

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC (for Rashford, 83): The PFA Player of the Year nominee did not start because he was "very tired" and did not have to exert himself in the closing stages. 6

TIM FOSU-MENSAH (for Young, 90): No time to make an impact. 6

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Antonio Conte's Chelsea were beaten at Manchester United

CHELSEA

ASMIR BEGOVIC: The Chelsea defence seemed jittery in the absence of Thibaut Courtois, but the Bosnian could not be faulted for either of United's goals. 6

KURT ZOUMA: Hastily thrust into the side after Marcos Alonso was injured in the warm-up, the Frenchman seemed off the pace. 5

DAVID LUIZ: Was caught out twice by Rashford early on and paid the price on the second occasion. Was hesitant thereafter. 5

GARY CAHILL: Also had some nervy moments as Chelsea's back-line were pulled out of position too often for their liking. 5

VICTOR MOSES: Given little opportunity to run with the ball and was replaced early in the second half. 5

N'GOLO KANTE: Broke up some of United's attacks in typical fashion but found himself overrun in midfield. 6

NEMANJA MATIC: Exerted little influence as United gained an early grip of the game. 5

CESAR AZPILICUETA: Unable to make much of an impression and slipped when presented with one promising opportunity. 5

PEDRO: Cut a frustrated figure and saw little of the ball as United controlled the game. 5

EDEN HAZARD: Identified early on as Chelsea's danger man and was well watched throughout, particularly by Herrera. 5

DIEGO COSTA: Little went right for the Spain international, who was irritable and resorted to throwing his weight around to little positive effect. 5

SUBSTITUTES:

CESC FABREGAS (for Moses, 54): Introduced to provide more creativity but the Spaniard could not get the visitors ticking. 6

WILLIAN (for Matic, 66): Tried to inject more positivity but to no avail. 5

RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK (for Zouma, 83): A positive late entrant but unable to make an impact. 5

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