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Player Ratings: Manchester United vs Chelsea

Manchester United vs Chelsea 0-0 | Premier League | Player Ratings

David de Gea: 6

The fact that he had nothing to do summed up the whole feel of the game. De Gea remained virtually untroubled for the full 90 minutes, other than some half chances that Chelsea managed.

Aaron Wan Bissaka: 6

Wan-Bissaka was solid today, this time playing in a flat back 4 with less protection you’d think he’d be just as busy against Chelsea as he was in Paris, especially with Chelsea’s attacking talent. However, the right-back imposed himself going forward. Decent game.

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Victor Lindelof: 8

For the most part, the swede showed more attacking intent than our actual attackers. Some of his driving runs forward were massive for us as we struggled tp break Chelsea down. Defensively, alongside Maguire, they kept Timo Werner quiet, no easy feat.

Harry Maguire: 6

Some of Harry Maguire’s criticism since the Europa League semi final has been around his inability to command his box. When crosses come in he seems to allow them past in the hope that the ball misses everyone. Today, Maguire took no chances and made some match saving interceptions.

Luke Shaw: 4

Luke Shaw is a liability when Manchester United hope to attack. He does the basics very well which ensures the Englishman flatters to deceive. In reality, he does very little on the pitch and allows them to drift by with no real impact. Today was the prime example, defensively rarely put himself into tackles and lacked concentration. Offensively, Shaw is very safe opting to pass inside or backwards rather than beat his man. He’s lucky Telles was mysteriously not in today’s squad, Telles is coming for that spot.

Midfield

Scott Mctominay: 5

Mctominay wasn’t as good as he was against Paris, he was sloppy in his passing. You’ll always get that combative edge when he plays but i wouldn’t say thats vital at Old Trafford. I would’ve liked to see Pogba back in the team.

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Fred: 6

Barring some terrible touches Fred had a positive game, as always he kept the ball ticking which was important. However, he needed those around him to show a bit more.

Bruno Fernandes: 7

Bruno Fernandes was perhaps a little quieter than you’d like but I think that was down to him beingmore efficient with his passing. He did get into some good positions to shoot but nothing special from the Portuguese today.

Attack

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Juan Mata: 7

Many have said and will continue to say these kind of games are not built for this current Juan Mata. Even being substituted Ole perhaps would agree with that. For me, Mata is one of few that can say he had a good game. He was the main hub of creativity for us. We didnt do much good for the 60 odd minutes he was on the field but everything that was somewhat decent came through him.

Daniel James: 5

Gary Neville summed up James perfectly, he has to imrove his fina ball. He’s a p;ayer gifted with great pace so he can gewt into good positions but his decision making lets him down. Decision making is the difference between him and Mohammed Salah as crazy as that may sound. Salah at Chelsea was Dan James with maybe a tad more ability. Salah went away and significantly improved his final ball and now holds the record for Premier league goals in a season. I’m not saying James will amount to that but, he has the attributes to be a good player if he sorts out his final ball.

Marcus Rashford: 6

Rashford, the man of the moment, had an average game in fairness. he had an oppurtunity to break the deadlock in the first half but rushed his finish allowing mendy to save it. When Cavani came on and Rashford moved to the left he was more direct and again couldve salvaged a winner if not for Edouard Mendy’s heroics.

Substitutes

Paul Pogba: 6

Pogba showed his class when he came on. I don’t know the definite reason for him constantly appearing on the bench, but it needs to stop, as in now.

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Edinson Cavani: 6

A debut for “El Matador”. The Uruguayan instantly showed why he is one of the greatest strikers of the last 15 years. Seconds after getting on the hallowed turf of Old Trafford he almost turned in his first goal. It was unlucky to go wide. Exited to see what he can do going forward.

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