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Player Ratings: Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United

Manchester United leave Stamford Bridge with a point against Chelsea after a Jorginho penalty cancelled out Jadon Sancho’s opener.

Cristiano Ronaldo was surprisingly dropped to the bench, along with Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial, as they made way for Bruno Fernandes, Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford.

Goalkeeper

David de Gea – 7/10

It was another good game from United’s number one. He was called into action almost immediately and made some excellent saves thought the game. He also left his line on a couple of occasions to clear the ball, something which he hasn’t necessarily always done. Impressive overall from de Gea.

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Defenders

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 4.5/10

Wan-Bissaka’s rating is largely down to recklessly giving away the penalty which led to Chelsea’s equaliser. He also struggled at times defensively, letting wingback Marcos Alonso run in behind him. However, his tackling was up to its usual standard, winning every single one he attempted.

Victor Lindelof – 6/10

In a game where United’s defence was constantly under pressure, Sweden captain Lindelof was, on the whole, solid. He dealt with Chelsea’s attacking threat well and was constantly on hand to make some important clearances, which he did on nine occasions. A good performance from the most senior United defender today.  

Eric Bailly – 6.5/10

Chances this season for Bailly have been rare but started at Stamford Bridge due to Harry Maguire’s suspension. Overall, the Ivorian looked comfortable on the ball and won most of his ariel duels. Hopefully, Bailly can stay fit and stake a claim for a regular spot in the starting eleven going forwards.

Alex Telles – 6/10

Like Bailly, Telles has found his opportunities limited this season. However, Luke Shaw is still yet to recover from a concussion, so the Brazilian started at left-back. Overall, Telles put on a decent showing defensively, making some important clearances. Disappointingly, he didn’t get to show his attacking ability as much as he no doubt would’ve wanted to, although this was not necessarily his fault.

Midfielders

Nemanja Matic – 6/10

Matic was one of three changes to Carrick’s team today. The Serbian midfielder added some extra defensive stability to the midfield, but occasionally too long when moving the ball forward. However, it was a decent showing from Matic overall, especially considering he hasn’t had a massive amount of game time lately.

Fred – 8/10

For the second game in a row, Fred was arguably United’s best player. Since he has moved into a more box-to-box under Carrick, like how he plays for Brazil, Fred’s impact on the game as a whole has massively increased. He worked hard defensively and saw success tonight, as well as playing some important passes into the final third. Once again, his energy was unmatched by anyone on the pitch. He did have a chance to win it for United late on, but his chip from the edge of the area was not good enough to beat Edouard Mendy. Instead, he could’ve passed to the awaiting Cristiano Ronaldo. Aside from that, it was an excellent showing from Fred.

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Scott McTominay – 5.5/10

Scotland midfielder McTominay made a crucial block at the death, to deny Chelsea a possible opportunity. He had a decent game and made some important passes to help retain possession in midfield. At times, he took a frustrating number of touches before moving the ball on and was booked after 45 minutes, after a tough challenge on Alonso.

Forwards

Marcus Rashford – 5.5/10

Rashford wasn’t at his best today and did not register a shot in the 77 minutes he was on the pitch for. The Englishman didn’t really get many chances to run at the Chelsea defence, although when he did in the first half, he almost created a good chance for Fred. He was eventually replaced by Jesse Lingard.

Bruno Fernandes – 5.5/10

United captain on the day, Bruno wasn’t at his best in London, although not for lack of trying. He struggled to make his usual impact, with his only shot coming the first half, which he dragged well wide. He picked up a yellow card for a rash challenge on Thiago Silva and was eventually subbed off for Donny van de Beek late on.

Jadon Sancho – 7/10

Sancho scored his first-ever Premier League goal to send United into the lead, with an ice-cold finish one-on-one with Mendy, after capitalising on a mistake by Jorginho. The winger now has two goals in his last two games and is starting to kick on at United. Overall, he put in a tidy performance, showing off some intricate passes and excellent link-up play with the likes of Fernandes and Fred.

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Substitutes

Cristiano Ronaldo – 5/10

Starting as a substitute today, which came as a surprise to almost every United fan, Ronaldo replaced Sancho in the 64th minute. However, he struggled to impact the game, having just seven touches of the ball. Ronaldo must wait until Thursday for an opportunity to score his 800th career goal for club and country.

Jesse Lingard – N/A

Lingard was not on the pitch long enough to constitute a rating

Donny van de Beek – N/A

Van de Beek was not on the pitch long enough to constitute a rating.

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