Player Ratings: Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

by Tom Parker

David De Gea 7: Not tested to the degree he may have expected from an encounter with Chelsea who lacked a cutting edge on the night. The Spaniard dealt excellently with a number of long-range efforts with a long-range shot from Gary Cahill stopped impressively.

Phil Jones 6: Looked decent going forward, providing an angle for Antonio Valencia to pass to frequently. Didn’t have a great deal to do defensively with Valencia doing an excellent job to stifle Eden Hazard in front of him. Coped well in another passable outing at full-back.

Rio Ferdinand 6: Assured and calm as per, Rio was understated yet read the game well enjoying a relatively easy night against Andre Schurrle. His passing out from the back was genuinely good although a couple of long passes were uncharacteristically wayward.

Nemanja Vidic 7: Picked up where he left off against Swansea with another solid display. The Serb was typically imperious in the air and his ball distribution was good. Looks to be getting back to his magnificent best.

Patrice Evra- 7: Another man who has had a fine start to the season, Evra performed well once more. Defensively, he was sound aside from one lapse of concentration which allowed Schurrle a one-on-one which was eventually ruled offside. Offensively impressive again – his crossing was decent and the experienced Frenchman was a willing runner from left back.

Michael Carrick 7: Understated yet effective once more, Carrick was excellent in possession of the ball and excelled in recovering the ball from Chelsea from interceptions or from tackles. Helped United win the midfield battle.

Tom Cleverley 8: A player who has came in for some unjust criticism of late, the midfielder showed what he brings to the table in a dynamic display. His ball retention was excellent, completing the most passes of anyone with a 91% success rate, Cleverley was also dynamic in midfield and was critical in breaking up Chelsea breakaways.

Antonio Valencia 7: One of his best displays in recent memories, particularly defensively, winning the most tackles and helping Phil Jones shackle danger man Hazard in a tactically aware performance. Still seems to be lacking confidence in his pace and ability but there were glimpses of the old Tony V on show.

Danny Welbeck 6: Struggled to make a huge impact on proceedings from the left of midfield and was uninvolved for large sections of the game. Came close to scoring from a corner in the second half but fluffed a good chance to open the scoring, failing to adjust his body and slicing over.

Wayne Rooney 8: United’s best player on the night, Rooney appeared committed, driven and above all fit in an outstanding 90 minutes. The forward played some wonderful cross field balls and was tenacious when attempting to win the ball back. Appeared to be buoyed by a warm reception. He was United’s most potent goal threat.

Robin van Persie 6: Appeared isolated up front, perhaps lacking the service which he thrives upon. In a game of few clear cut chances, a half volley from 12 yards was the Dutchman’s only real sight at goal, a decent effort which was blocked by the Chelsea rearguard. Subdued.

Substitutes

Ashley Young 6: Offered more than Antonio Valencia offensively, putting in a couple of decent crosses in his 25 minute cameo performance on his comeback from yet another injury.

Ryan Giggs 5: replaced Welbeck in the latter stages, was rather quiet in his 15 minutes on the pitch.

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