Manchester United Player Ratings vs Chelsea: Ostracized midfielders the best performers for United

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Caretaker Manager Michael Carrick setup Manchester United in a defensive 4-3-3 formation in the game against Chelsea which saw them draw 1-1 at Stamford Bridge. Considering the form of both these teams going in to the games, United will be pleased with a draw. Let’s take a look at United’ individual player performance which saw some of their most criticized players turn in a good performance.

David de Gea: 7/10- De Gea was excellent in the first half with some very good saves especially against Rudiger’s powerful shot which he tipped on to the cross bar.

Wan-Bissaka: 2/10-  Really poor performance from the United full back in which he also gave away a penalty for Chelsea’s equaliser. In the first half, he was defensively unsure against Chelsea’s full backs. Better in the second half with a goal saving block against Timo Werner. One of Rangnick’s biggest problems to solve.

Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof: 6/10-  Struggled in the first half along with entire United backline but recovered well in the second half and withstood Chelsea’s attacks well. Both the center backs were caught in wrong positions at times but were covered well by United’s other defensive players.

Telles: 6/10- A disciplined performance from the full back who rarely gets a chance to feature in the Premier League. Didn’t get the chance to make an impact offensively

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McTominay: 7/10 McTominay like in his recent games for United didn’t make any visible mistakes but at the same was invisible in the crowded center of the pitch. McTominay didn’t offer himself when his teammates were under pressure but defensively covered well for his team. Provided a good shield for the United central defenders.

Matic: 6/10 Turned in a good performance against his old side. Showed brilliant composure with the ball when under pressure and also intercepted many of Chelsea’s attacks. Faded in the second half due to his age. United would love to have a young Matic in their midfield.

Fred:7/10 

Although the official Man of the Match was given to Scott McTominay, our MoM goes to the Brazillian, Fred. Fred along with his incessant pressing and energy in midfield also supported United’s attacks well. He always supported United’s counter attacks when they had the ball. If he had chosen to pass instead of shooting when he intercepted a poor pass from Mendy, he would have gotten a higher rating.

We previously looked at Fred’s performance for Brazil and noted that he does well playing ahead of a CDM like Fabinho. He replicated that performance again today and Rangnick might take note of this.

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Sancho: 5/10- 

Scored United’s goal after a mistake by Jorginho but was poor generally. Was unable to hold onto the ball in the first half and bring other United players into the attack.

Fernandes: 5/10- Started off as a False 9 but played all over the pitch leaving no chance for United to mount good counter attacks.

Rashford: 4/10-  Rashford struggled to hold on to the ball when he received it and also his movement was ineffective this game. He failed to make any good runs behind Thiago Silva who is slow. Also, in the counter for United’s goal, Rashford always was ahead of Sancho which meant that Sancho actually didn’t have an option to pass.

Subs

Cristiano Ronaldo & Jesse Lingard 4/10: Both the players saw little of the ball and were barely involved in United’s attacks

Donny Van de Beek NA: Barely featured to get a rating.

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