Man Utd v Chelsea ratings: Rashford stars; Herrera dominates

Date published: Sunday 16th April 2017 7:50

Manchester United thrust the title race open as the ran out comfortable 2-0 winners against table-toppers Chelsea at Old Trafford.

The fixture lived up to the pre-match hype as Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera secured a 2-0 win which gave Mourinho revenge for this season’s defeats at Stamford Bridge.

 

Manchester United

David De Gea: Back after a two-match absence from the starting line-up, the Spain international did not have a save to make. 6

Antonio Valencia: The marauding right-back has been one of the stars of United’s season and produced another solid display full of attacking purpose. 7

Eric Bailly: Talented if at times inconsistent, the centre-back was not thrown by Diego Costa’s early push. 7

Marcos Rojo: The Argentina international has stepped up under Jose Mourinho and stood up to Chelsea striker Costa, defending both resolutely and calmly. 8

Matteo Darmian: Given another chance in the starting line-up, the Italian did a sturdy if unspectacular defensive job. 7

Marouane Fellaini: One of four changes to Thursday’s draw in Belgium, the divisive midfielder helped contain the leaders. 7

Ander Herrera: Dominated the midfield from the outset. The Spaniard provided an assist for the opener – albeit controversially having handled in the build-up – before lashing home a deflected second. 8

Paul Pogba: The world’s most expensive player worked tirelessly and remained disciplined, highlighted by a superb recovery tackle in the first half. 7

Ashley Young: Eyebrows were raised when the 31-year-old was named captain but he did not falter here, defending when required and offering an attacking outlet. 7

Jesse Lingard: Brought pace and width to United’s attack, causing no end of problems to Chelsea’s re-jigged back-line. 7

Marcus Rashford: Leading the line in place of the “very tired” Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the fleet-footed frontman impressed. The 19-year-old opened the scoring after seven minutes and could have added to that in the second half. 8

Substitutes

Michael Carrick (for Lingard, 60): Brought on as a calming presence in midfield and did just that. 7

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (for Rashford, 83): The PFA Player of the Year nominee did not start because he was “very tired” and did not have to exert himself in the closing stages. 6

Tim Fosu-Mensah (for Young, 90): No time to make an impact. 6

 

Chelsea

Asmir Begovic: The Chelsea defence seemed jittery in the absence of Thibaut Courtois, but the Bosnian could not be faulted for either of United’s goals. 6

Kurt Zouma: Hastily thrust into the side after Marcos Alonso was injured in the warm-up, the Frenchman seemed off the pace. 5

David Luiz: Was caught out twice by Rashford early on and paid the price on the second occasion. Was hesitant thereafter. 5

Gary Cahill: Also had some nervy moments as Chelsea’s back-line were pulled out of position too often for their liking. 5

Victor Moses: Given little opportunity to run with the ball and was replaced early in the second half. 5

N’Golo Kante: Broke up some of United’s attacks in typical fashion but found himself overrun in midfield. 6

Nemanja Matic: Exerted little influence as United gained an early grip of the game. 5

Cesar Azpilicueta: Unable to make much of an impression and slipped when presented with one promising opportunity. 5

Pedro: Cut a frustrated figure and saw little of the ball as United controlled the game. 5

Eden Hazard: Identified early on as Chelsea’s danger man and was well watched throughout, particularly by Herrera. 5

Diego Costa: Little went right for the Spain international, who was irritable and resorted to throwing his weight around to little positive effect. 5

Substitutes

Cesc Fabregas (for Moses, 54): Introduced to provide more creativity but the Spaniard could not get the visitors ticking. 6

Willian (for Matic, 66): Tried to inject more positivity but to no avail. 5

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (for Zouma, 83): A positive late entrant but unable to make an impact. 5

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