Chelsea vs Man Utd player ratings: Scott McTominay puts himself on line as Timo Werner goes missing

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Scott McTominay (left) and Eric Bailly - Chelsea vs Man Utd player ratings: Scott McTominay puts himself on line as Timo Werner goes missing - REUTERS
Scott McTominay (left) and Eric Bailly - Chelsea vs Man Utd player ratings: Scott McTominay puts himself on line as Timo Werner goes missing - REUTERS

Michael Carrick dropped his former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo to the bench before his replacement Jadon Sancho scored the second Manchester United goal of his career in successive games, but how did the starting XI fare and what of the league leaders Chelsea?

Chelsea

Edouard Mendy

Faced only two shots on target. Had almost nothing to do except deal with the occasional backpass until Jorginho’s error led to United’s opener, and almost gave the game away with an ill-judged pass to Fred. 6/10

Trevoh Chalobah

Dealt calmly with the few threats posed by Rashford and Sancho until he found himself stranded upfield for the United goal, unable to get back to help either Jorginho or Mendy. 6/10

Thiago Silva

A calm presence in the centre of Chelsea’s back three, he drove the team on from deep, starting attacks in the style of an NFL quarterback, and unintentionally won his team a penalty when fouled by Wan-Bissaka. 7/10

Antonio Rüdiger

Did plenty of early attacking as Chelsea forced the pace, rattling the bar with a shot from distance. But impetuously volleyed a great chance to win it over the bar with the last kick of the game. 7/10

Reece James

The man in form at Stamford Bridge, he was expected to be Chelsea’s most potent attacking force and even a goal threat. He fired over some dangerous crosses but found no takers and was unable to find shooting chances. 6/10

Jorginho

Horrendous error as United pressed to gift the visitors the opening goal, but redeemed himself with a penalty that looked nerveless but must have been anything but in view of his recent failures from the spot for Italy. 6/10

Jorginho - EPA
Jorginho - EPA

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

He remains an infuriating enigma, a player of potential that is only occasionally delivered. Here he struggled to find the penetrating ball, notably when Ziyech freed him only for his pass to Werner to be picked off. 5/10

Marcos Alonso

Stepped into the shoes of the injured Ben Chilwell with his usual high-level display, stretching the United defence down the left in the first half and delivering threatening set plays from all angles. 7/10

Hakim Ziyech

Always alert and ready to pounce on any United errors, but United closed down most of the spaces he wanted to attack. A better strike partner than Werner might have offered him more possibilities. 6/10

Timo Werner

He worked hard as usual but struggled at first to get into areas where he could hurt defenders, and when the chances came, he failed to make De Gea work, missing the target badly just short of the hour. 4/10

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Looked to make something happen every time he was on the ball in the first half – which was often. How different might the game have been had he scored when one-on-one with De Gea after only three minutes? 6/10

Substitutes: Mason Mount for Alonso (78), Christian Pulisic for Hudson-Odoi (78), Romelu Lukaku for Werner (80).

Manchester United

David de Gea

Early save from Hudson-Odoi threatened to be the first of many, but his defenders kept his workload down, only six of Chelsea’s 24 shots being on target. Had no chance with Jorginho’s equaliser from the spot. 7/10

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

He was lucky not to be punished for a missed header in the first half, but that luck ran out with his reckless challenge on Thiago Silva. Made up for it by blocking a shot from Werner. 5/10

Victor Lindelof

Blocked and headed well but must have expected more of a test from an in-form Chelsea. However, the protection from the three-man defensive midfield players in front of him gave him a relatively easy afternoon. 7/10

Eric Bailly

Came in to cover Harry Maguire’s suspension for only his fourth appearance of the season and his second Premier League start of the campaign. He stood up well to Chelsea’s threat, and Maguire was barely missed. 7/10

Alex Telles

Put in a shift in his first Premier League start of the season. Came off worse in a number of battles with Reece James in the first half but stuck to the task and played his part of a heroic rearguard effort. 6/10

Nemanja Matic

Brought in to supplement the usual Fred-McTominay axis and gave his usual tough-tackling performance in front of his own back four that Stamford Bridge regulars would have recognised from his time with Chelsea. 7/10

Nemanja Matic - GETTY IMAGES
Nemanja Matic - GETTY IMAGES

Fred

Worked hard to deny Chelsea time and space and even got forward in the first half to have a penalty claim turned down. But fluffed his big chance – chipping the ball tamely into Mendy’s arms. 7/10

Scott McTominay

Looked to break up play and kept things simple when in possession. Booked for a tactical foul on Alonso, but took a much more painful one for the team late on when stopping Ziyech’s shot with his face. 8/10

Marcus Rashford

More involved in the pressing game than using his pace in attack. Booked for a foul on Chalobah in a defensive position, which tells its own story. But played his part in forcing Jorginho’s mistake. 6/10

Bruno Fernandes

Got away with one errant crossfield pass from an unusual position near his own left back but although nominally a false nine, he sacrificed his attacking instincts to the collective defensive effort. 6/10

Jadon Sancho

His touch let him down with his only first-half chance but he made no mistake when seizing on Jorginho’s error, the slightest of feints wrong-footing Mendy and giving him a simple shot. Came off injured. 6/10

Substitutes: Cristiano Ronaldo for Sancho (64), Jesse Lingard for Rashford (77), Donny van der Beek for Fernandes (89).

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