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Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United: Player ratings

Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United: Player ratings

David de Gea 8 – Produced an important save from Eden Hazard in the first half but found himself wrong-footed by Chelsea’s goal.

Antonio Valencia 6.5 – Positioned himself well on the whole and maintained an aggressive tempo throughout, but couldn’t offer anything going forward.

Eric Bailly 7 – Without doubt Manchester United’s best defender at Stamford Bridge. Smartly kept Chelsea at bay in the first half and never ceased in his efforts to close players down.

Chris Smalling 6.5 – Enjoyed a decent first half, nullifying Alvaro Morata with his raw strength, but found himself on the wrong side of the Spaniard for his goal.

Phil Jones 5.5 – A largely abject defensive display from the Englishman: nearly gave away an inexplicable own goal and left a huge gap at the back for Morata’s goal.

Ashley Young 6 – Threatened with a few sharp crosses and penetrating runs early on, only to find himself exposed going the other way. Couldn’t get forward in the second period.

Nemanja Matic 6.5 – A challenging return to his former home. Displayed good intent and manipulated the ball well but couldn’t stop the hosts from dominating the midfield battle.

Ander Herrera 6 – This was, by all accounts, an overly tenacious display from the Spaniard. Couldn’t have much of an impact aside from breaking up the game and fouling opponents.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 5 – Once again completely anonymous. Chelsea’s success came through finding space through the middle but the Armenian barely found any space for himself to effect the game.

Marcus Ashford 6.5 – Could have done better with a chance in the first half and didn’t receive much joy in front of goal after that. Nevertheless ran the channels well and stretched Chelsea’s back four.

Romeu Lukaku 5 – On an afternoon that saw Chelsea’s new striker net an important goal, the Belgian looked like a spectator for large parts, unable to control the ball and create any build-up play.

 

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